Toilets – Why are they sometimes referred to as ‘The Crapper’ ?

Lets start with the ins and outs of the toilet, and why are toilets sometimes referred to as the crapper?


A toilet is not just a toilet, it’s a life-saver, it provides our homes and society with sanitation and helps prevent the spread germs and disease.

When we enter our bathrooms we don’t normally think about what the back of the toilet is connected too....... well it’s the sewer!


But why don’t the bad odours from the sewer enter our bathrooms? 

The pipe that connects the toilet to the sewer allows waste to be flushed away, and eventually end up in a treatment plant; but this connecting pipe also has another very important function, it also prevents odours from the sewer to waft back into your bathroom.

For this we owe thanks to the invention of the S-Bend and then the more improved design, the U-Bend.

The U-Bend acts as an airtight seal where water settles in the dip of the ‘U’ Bend which is installed in-between the toilet and the sewer, preventing odours from coming up from the sewer into your bathroom; and with every flush the U-Bend replenishes with fresh clean water.


Now back to the question, why are toilets referred to as The Crapper?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

‘Thomas Crapper (died 27 January 1910) was an English businessman and plumber. He founded Thomas Crapper & Co in London, a sanitary equipment company. Crapper held nine patents, three of them for water closet improvements such as the floating Ballcock. He improved the S-bend plumbing trap in 1880 by inventing the U– Bend.’



Toilet Trivia - This is the interesting part!

The toilets in England during World War 1 were predominately made by the company – Thomas Crapper & Co Ltd. The toilets displayed the company logo ‘Thomas Crapper & Co Ltd’.

The US soldiers stationed in England at the time started referring to the toilet as “the Crapper” and brought that slang term back with them to the United States. The slang word for toilet became more widely taken up and is still being used today.


That is why toilets are sometimes referred to as  ‘The Crapper.’ 


At Just Bathroomware we offer a vast range of toilets to suit every bathroom - from rimless and smart toilets, wall mounted or floor standing toilets. As one of the most frequently used appliances in your home, we do our utmost to ensure quality in every item you purchase from Just Bathroomware. 


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