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Old 10-14-2013, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest & NYC Central Park South
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Funny, but the second I read the headline, I started singing Warum is die Banane Gelb? (Why is the Banana Yellow?)

Marianne Rosenberg - Warum ist die Banane gelb - YouTube

Anyway, my assumption was always that it made for a more silent flush, when one was trying to be polite, or someone was sleeping.
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:43 PM
 
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Where I live, owners are responsible for their own sewer lines (and other utility lines) on their property. Local governments are only responsible for utilities at the street property line. A non return valve isn't something the local government would install. It's something homeowners need to install themselves since it's installed at the house. Unless there is already a rodent problem, it would be cost prohibitive to install one if you aren't already repairing or replacing the sewer line.
Here the sewer lateral out to the trap at the property line was the responsibility of the home owner. When the sewer district main line clogs or overcharges in a storm & flows backwards into our basement it is their responsibility. However their insurance company only want to pay pro-rated damages, so you don't get much for damages. Homeowners insurance pays replacement cost up to $5K unless you have extended sewer backup on the policy.

7 years ago the city passed a tax that now covers the home owners sewer lateral from the house to the street. So now if there is a failure on my end they will pay the contractor for the repair from my house to the street. So now the sewer system has many parties involved in repair.

A couple of years ago I was remodeling my bathroom. When I took out the sink I put a plastic bag over the drain pipe & fastened it with rubber bands to prevent sewer gas until I could replace the sink a few days later. 2 days later I had a rat running around in the house. I finally caught it in a trap. Then I went to put the sink back & saw a big hole chewed in the bag over the sink drain pipe, that's when I realized where he came from.
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Old 10-14-2013, 01:12 PM
 
Location: USA
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Thanks for sharing. Now I know it's not a regional preference.

I've discredited many of the reasons mentioned---in regards to how they don't apply to my house.
Wow! A claim to fame. lol
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Old 10-14-2013, 01:22 PM
 
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I've discredited many of the reasons mentioned---in regards to how they don't apply to my house.
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Wow! A claim to fame. lol
See the bolded above. It said MY house. If you'd like, you're welcome to visit to research my claim.
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Old 10-14-2013, 01:35 PM
 
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See the bolded above. It said MY house. If you'd like, you're welcome to visit to research my claim.
LOL You are funny.
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Old 10-14-2013, 01:51 PM
 
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So I can sit down on the seat and talk to my husband while he's taking a bath...or vice versa
Ditto ^^^^ or cut my toe nails!?


I could never NOT have a lid. But the germ thing, is the reason we invented soap, and are washing our hands after we use the toilet! Make sense?
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Personally I like the lid down. Two reasons for this. One is that it makes it harder for items to fall into the toilet. The other reason is that the sewer gas does enter your home when you flush. Try this next time you flush. Place a peice of paper on the seat , covering the opening, and flush.
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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I've read that you should always close the lid before flushing as the fecal material aerosolizes to some extent when you flush and adheres to tooth brushes, etc.
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:52 PM
 
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I'm buying a new toilet seat and started wondering why they have lids since most people don't use the lids.

When I sit down on the toilet, I want to have clean hands. I don't want to lift a potential germy lid prior.

Is it just left over from the outhouse days to keep the smell down in the outhouse?

Lids don't seem necessary with modern plumbing.

You don't have experience with an outhouse do you?
There is NO LID that will "keep the smell down" in an outhouse.
I like the lid because my cats think it is a good idea to jump into the toilet bowl head first and get stuck.
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:09 PM
 
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You don't have experience with an outhouse do you?
There is NO LID that will "keep the smell down" in an outhouse.
We have an outhouse at our camp.
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