Bathroom Remodeling, Inspirational, Toilet Repair, Toilets

Everyone deserves a safe place to “go”.

Did you know that the advent of the toilet has saved more lives than any other invention in history? That’s right – more than seat belts, vaccinations or any medical device, modern sanitation has improved women’s equality, living conditions, health and even economies!

Last year, we awarded Williamsburg Elementary School in Williamsburg, Ohio with 10 brand new toilets to replace their outdated facilities which hadn’t been changed in decades! We also awarded organizations like the Family Bridge Homeless Shelter, Winfield Area Habitat for Humanity, and the Natchez Festival of Music with new, water-efficient toilets.

This year, we’re once again making an ode to the commode by awarding a deserving organization or individual with Thank You Toilets for their home, school or other facility. The winner will be announced on World Toilet Day, November 19th!

How can you make a nomination?

From now until November 14th, 2014, nominate one deserving group or individual to receive a toilet or toilets (up to 10) of their choice from American Standard by uploading a photo of their current bathroom facilities to Instagram. Be sure to include the following caption (in 50 words or less):

  • How the nominee has had a positive impact on others on a personal/community level;
  • Why the nominee would benefit from and is deserving of receiving up to a maximum of 10 new toilets (i.e. outdated facilities which need renovating, etc.)

Don’t forget to include the hashtag “#ThankYouToiletContest” and tag American Standard at “@American_Standard” in your caption to make it official! Don’t have an Instagram account? You can still enter by sending us your photo and caption to thankyoutoilet@americanstandard.com. (see official rules for more details)

A panel of judges from American Standard will evaluate each submission using the criteria listed above. The winning organization, group or individual will be announced on World Toilet Day, November 19th, 2014! No purchase is necessary. This contest is open to legal residents of the (50) United States ,the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) 18 years of age or older. Official rules after the jump.

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Aging in Place

When you’ve got family members from different generations living in your home, it’s important to be sensitive to everyone’s changing needs. Sometimes you must walk a fine line with seniors because they highly value their independence, but their aging bodies can betray them in their physical abilities. As the years go by, seniors can experience reduced hearing and vision and decreased muscle strength and mobility, which can increase the risk of falls.

One of the most dangerous rooms in your home for fall risks is the bathroom. When you combine slippery tile on the shower and floor along with small, hard-to-maneuver spaces, the result can be disastrous. Fortunately, there are a number of modifications you can make to this room to make it safer and more secure for your entire family.

Bathtub Solutions

Suite image featuring the American Standard Ovation Collection

Today’s scalable bathing solutions offer optimal comfort and convenience while still retaining their aesthetically pleasing qualities. One example is American Standard’s Ovation Bathtub. This modern, sleek, extremely durable tub comes in easy retrofit sizes for existing bathtub alcoves while allowing its occupant more bathing space and elbow room. It also has textured anti-slip floors that drastically increase bathtub safety.

Another great option for a comfortable and safe bathing experience is a walk-in bathtub.  These models, also available from American Standard, are complete with a generous seating area, multiple grab bars, and simple lever handles that are easy for arthritic hands to use.

Safer Floors

Maximizing floor space for easy navigation is another way to make your bathroom safer for seniors. Installing space-saving fixtures like toilets with compact elongated bowls and pedestal sinks allow for more room to maneuver in the bathroom. Once you’ve created more floor space, make sure that it is free of any trip hazards such as loose rugs, toys and clothes.

Grab Bars

Grab bars, especially those strategically placed near the toilet and in the shower, do wonders for fall prevention in bathrooms. Standing on one leg for a senior can be difficult enough, but when lifting the other leg over a tub wall at the same time, things can get downright precarious. If you or anyone in your home has mobility or balance problems, installing grab bars can do just the trick for aging in place and bathroom safety.

How do you plan on making your bathroom safer?

Contributor:

Sarah Kellner is a writer for The Home Depot who frequently writes on safety tips and home design topics. See the full array of bathroom safety products available at homedepot.com

 

How-to

Plumber checking pipe for leaks

It’s summer time and that means it’s vacation time! Whether you decide to relax on the beach or go camping in the woods, vacations allow us to sit back, relax and be worry free for a few days.

Flight and hotel booked… check, Passport… check, Suitcase packed… check! Now what’s next? Your home of course! Preparing your home can aid in avoiding any unexpected events such as broken water connections, power surges and high utility bills. So, it is important that when you are planning a vacation to make sure that you include taking steps to protect your home while you’re away.

Here are some things to look for:

1. Check for leaks. This includes water, air and gas leaks. It is important to continuously monitor all of the sources for potential water leaks such as the water meter, garden hose, hose-bibs, and valves. Locating the source of a leak can be a difficult process, so hiring a professional would aid in fixing the leak and preventing any future problems.

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Toilet News

Next time you hear that inexplicable clank in the middle of the night, no need to fret; our plumber friends at RotoRooter attempt to explain the “paranormal” pipe activity this Halloween:

It is the season of ghosts and goblins, when people like a good scare in the spirit of Halloween, but what about the other 11 months of the year? We have listed the top 10 cities notorious for being the most haunted places in the U.S., reportedly home to many inexplicable, ghostly encounters of sight and sound.  

While we cannot account for the visions some claim to experience, many homeowners who find they are jumping at crashes, clanks and bumps in the night, might consider calling in an expert… a plumbing expert.  Below is a list of the 10 most haunted cities, along with the five most common plumbing noises confused for paranormal frights.    

According to TopTenz.net, a popular list website, the Top Ten Haunted U.S. Cities are:

  1. New Orleans, LA
  2. Savannah, GA
  3. Gettysburg, PA
  4. Chicago, IL
  5. Salem, MA
  6. Charleston, SC
  7. Portland, OR
  8. Athens, OH
  9. Key West, FL
  10. San Francisco, CA

Plumbers Explain the Paranormal

What do these places have in common that helps to explain their haunted atmospheres? History! These are some of the oldest, most traveled cities, and historic areas have historic buildings and homes. Older homes may come with some ghosts, but they also tend to come with some noises that can be more easily explained.

A common complaint of clanging or rattling is usually a culprit of unsecure piping and walls that are not insulated.

Additionally, old metal pipes, as opposed to standard use of plastic today, expand and contract with hot water usage creating horrifying hissing or creepy cracking sounds.

Simple kinetic energy accounts for one of the loudest plumbing problems, called a water hammer. Water hammers typically occur when dishwashers, washing machines or toilets suddenly stop the flow of water and the pipes absorb the shock from the stopped force.  When the water is shutoff, there is a loud banging sound.

Inspirational, Toilet News, Toilets

Everyone deserves the dignity of a working toilet.

Did you know that the advent of the toilet has saved more lives than any other invention in history? That’s right – more than seat belts, vaccinations or any medical device, modern sanitation has bolstered better living conditions, better health and even better economies! This year, we’re making an ode to the commode by awarding a deserving organization or individual with up to ten (10) Thank You Toilets for their home, school or other facility and $200 USD towards the cost of installation per donated toilet. The winner will be announced on the newly United Nations recognized holiday World Toilet Day, November 19th!

How does Thank You Toilet Work?

From now until October 30th, 2013, nominate one deserving group or individual to receive a toilet or toilets of their choice from American Standard by sending us their story to thankyoutoilet@americanstandard.com. Be sure to include the following (in 500 words or less):

  • Why you believe this group or individual is deserving of the toilet(s) – have they made profound impact on a personal or community level?
  • How they will benefit from the Thank You Toilet(s)
  • (Optional) Any pictures of depicting the current state of the facility, at least 200×200 pixels
  • Contact information (Name, Phone Number and Address) for both nominee and entrant

A panel of judges from American Standard will evaluate each submission using the criteria listed above. The winning organization, group or individual will be announced on World Toilet Day, November 19th! No purchase is necessary. This contest is open to legal residents of the (50) United States ,the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) 18 years of age or older. Official rules after the jump.

UPDATE November 19th, 2013: Congratulations to Williamsburg Elementary School in Williamsburg, Ohio for being selected as this year’s Thank You Toilet winner! The elementary school, which currently uses fixtures that are original to the building, will benefit from new water-efficient models! Thank you to all of the nominators for submitting your nominations. Happy World Toilet Day!

 

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Giveaway, Inspirational, Toilet Humor, Toilet News

If you’re a poet and didn’t know it, this contest’s for you!

As a personal fan of toilet humor and the arts, Professor Toilet was beyond thrilled to learn of National Bad Poetry Day (August 18th); an annually celebrated holiday that celebrates terrifically terrible verses and the not-so-gifted poets behind them. This year, we want to recognize all of you closet bards by presenting you with a challenge with a fabulous prize to the best (bad) poem. All you need to do to enter is submit one Haiku or poem about the prize of your choice (see below for options). Here’s an example Haiku with a dash of toilet humor:

Mother Nature Calls
American Standard Answers
Champion in my stall

Think you have what it takes to create some terrible verses and make Professor Toilet and his team laugh? Here’s How to Enter:

To enter to win either (1) Champion PRO Right Height Elongated Toilet in White OR (1) Quentin Widespread Faucet and (1) FloWise Traditional Showerhead in Polished Chrome, leave a comment on this post with your original poem (Haiku, Acrostic, etc.) about the prize of your choice. Limit 5 entries per person.

Professor Toilet and his team will choose their favorite entry on Monday August 19th, 2013 as the winner,  so hurry and enter before August 18, 11:59PM ET.  No purchase necessary to enter or win. Must be U.S. resident (50 states or D.C.),  21 or older, to participate.  Good Luck!

Update: Congratulations to Jackie S. who submitted the following poem:

Champion Pro I love you so,
you flush like no toilet I know,
You flush a phone, a toy a ball,
you keep on flushing through it all.

When someone buys a pro like you,
They help the needy people too.

You stand so tall,
and very proud,
you are a toilet to keep around.

Professor Toilet and his team loved reading through your hilarious and creative entries. Thank you to all who entered and stay tuned for more toilet news and tips on the Professor Toilet blog!

Toilet News, Toilets

He spends his free time volunteering at the soup kitchen, soothes scraped knees and coaches the local soccer league…

Here’s to the Champion dads that stand up for what they believe in; whether champions at home, in the community or at work, we want to hear what YOUR Champion dad does. Nominate your dad by telling us his story for a chance to win a $100 American Express gift card!

Water-Conserving Reliability with the Champion PRO Toilet

With water-efficient flush rates of 1.28 gallons per flush (GPF) and 1.6 GPF, the Champion PRO Toilet offers not only superior flushing power for dad, but will also save water with every flush. All 1.28 GPF Champion toilets are WaterSense® certified so his “throne” is beautiful, powerful and earth-friendly.

Give dad another reason to be a superhero; for every Champion toilet you buy, American Standard will donate one Sanitary Toilet Pan for distribution in a developing country, helping saving thousands of lives through better sanitation. Learn more at FlushForGood.com 

How to Enter

To enter to win a $100 American Express gift card, leave a comment answering the question “Why is your dad a Champion?”

Professor Toilet and his team will choose their favorite entry on Monday June 24th, 2013 as the winner,  so hurry and enter before June 21st, 5PM ET. No purchase is necessary to enter. This contest is open to US and Canada (excluding Quebec) residents. Good Luck!

Be a Champion today and help save lives by visiting FlushForGood.com 

Update: Congratulations to Athena F. and her Champion Dad!

Faucets, Giveaway

Remember that bag of potpourri you got for your Mom that one Mother’s Day? Or what about that colossal “my-size” teddy bear?  This year, get your Mom something she’ll actually use…

This Mother’s Day, Professor Toilet and his team are celebrating all the wonderful Moms with a giveaway starting now and leading up to No Dirty Dishes Day on May 18th! All you have to do is tell us, in the comments section below, what your Mom’s time is better spent doing instead of washing dishes (i.e. golfing, painting, scuba diving?).

On May 20th, we will choose our favorite comment to win a Quince 1-Handle Pull-Down Spray Kitchen Faucet. This casually styled kitchen faucet makes clean-up a breeze with its two spray functions, memory position handle to set water at your preferred temperature and a high arc swivel spout. Now all that’s missing is a volunteer to make “No Dirty Dishes” a reality…

How to Enter

1. To enter to win the Quince 1-Handle Kitchen Faucet, leave a comment answering the question “What is your Mom’s time better spent doing instead of washing dishes?”

2. Also, tell us how your mom would use this kitchen faucet (perhaps to whip up a favorite recipe?).

Professor Toilet and his team will choose their favorite entry on Monday May 20th, 2013 as the winner,  so hurry and enter before May 18, 5PM ET. No purchase necessary to enter. This contest is open to US and Canada (excluding Quebec) residents. Good Luck!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Larry S. whose wife and family will be enjoying a brand new Quince 1-Handle Kitchen Faucet in their kitchen! “We have been married 45 yrs and wishing we could have another 45. ”My wife is busy all the time. We are both 62 yrs. old and have 2 adopted children ages 6 and 14. That takes up a lot of her time and mine also but she is the primary caregiver…. she is amazing and I wouldn’t trade her for the world. We have been married 45 yrs and wishing we could have another 45,” says Larry. Congratulations and enjoy your new faucet!

Toilet News, Toilets

Did you ever think a flush could be so powerful that it’s felt in other countries? This year, American Standard is launching a campaign to raise awareness of how plumbers protect the health of the world. Deploying the same engineering know-how that led to the breakthrough Champion flushing system, the research and development team at American Standard created a new sanitary toilet pan to help solve a health crisis where plumbing infrastructure doesn’t exist.

A small plastic sanitary toilet pan designed to be connected to a simple latrine pit provides a tight seal to keep out flies and prevent dangerous cross-contamination. These sanitary toilet pans are designed to be affordable, easy to maintain and simple to use. See the sanitary toilet pan in action here.

For every Champion toilet sold in 2013, American Standard is donating a sanitary toilet pan to a developing country. Why champion a cause that is half a world away? The bathroom and kitchen symbolize the most fundamental aspects of the human condition. Our bodies bring nourishment in and expel waste out. When we look at the bathroom, we look at the core of who we are, at our deepest roots – it’s the one thing all humans share.

It’s also the story of why plumbers are so important. Be a champion to the world in 2013, and help us provide solutions to a global health crisis.

Yes, a toilet can be that powerful. Learn more at FlushforGood.com
Read the full story in Plumbing & Mechanical Elements Showroom

Giveaway, Toilet News

This year’s Orgill Spring Market 2013 Dealer Show will be held in sunny Orlando, Florida on February 21st through the 23rd at the beautiful Orange County Convention Center. Along with showcasing some of American Standard’s (Booth #4222) latest innovations, Professor Toilet and the American Standard team will be giving lucky attendees a chance to win 1 of 2 iPads!

I’m Attending Orgill – How Can I Enter to Win?

Speed Connect to the internet and awesome apps with your new iPad – all you need to enter to win is attend a Speed Connect Drain demonstration at American Standard Booth #4222 on Thursday or Friday, February 21st and 22nd. Once you have completed the demonstration, simply drop off your business card or contact information with a representative and you’ll be automatically entered! Drawings will be held on February 21st & 22nd, so what are you waiting for? Good luck!