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This holiday season American Standard is spreading the holiday cheer to all of our fans! The holidays are a time for us to show appreciation to the ones that we love and create long-lasting memories. To show our appreciation to fans like you, we are giving you the opportunity to win American Standard kitchen and bath products in our 5 Days of Holiday Giveaway on our Facebook Page.

Win prizes like the Xavier Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with SelectFlo Technology:

How do I enter?
To enter, simply visit American Standard on Facebook and answer the daily questions as a post reply beginning on Monday, December 8th to Friday, December 12th. Entries are limited to one per question.

Giveaway winners will be announced via Facebook on Monday, December 15th. U.S. and Canada residents only. Read the official rules after the jump!

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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.

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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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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!

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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!

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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

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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!

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Today, November 19th, 2012, marks World Toilet Day – a day celebrated annually that is dedicated to breaking the taboo around the toilet discussion and spreading awareness of issues surrounding waste management on a global scale.

So why should you give a $h!t? Imagine life without a toilet or sewage system. Imagine having to defecate in the open. While this is nearly unthinkable for those of us living in the developed world, this is an unfortunate reality for the 2.5 billion people in the world who lack access to a clean toilet and the 1.1 billion that practice open defecation. Why does this matter? Illness and disease that are spread through human waste is the second largest killer amongst children living in developing countries; that’s more than HIV/AIDS, measles and malaria combined or 1 death every 20 seconds!

How can you help? The World Toilet Organization, the group that organizes World Toilet Day, offers several suggestions on how you can get involved including signing the Keep Your Promises Petition and contacting your local media to get involved in the discussion. Learn more ways to get involved here.

Learn how American Standard has teamed up with the Gates Foundation earlier this year to make the world better one toilet at a time by developing a new, low-cost yet efficient, toilet system that was exhibited at the 2012 Reinvent the Toilet Fair.

Follow the conversation; Follow @WorldToiletDay and #IGiveaShit via Twitter today!

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Professor Toilet and his team have been gearing up for Election Day 2012 for the past couple of months reviewing the defining moments of the past performance of the PRO Toilet Candidates and making stops at key showrooms to pick up on leading experts’ insights.

After reviewing some of the key issues on domestic policy (seat up or down?) and the PRO candidates’ platforms (versatile sizes vs. large trapways), have you decided on your leading candidate? VOTE for the Cadet PRO or Champion PRO by commenting below!

Professor Toilet reminds you to get out the VOTE today, November 6th, 2012!

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It’s that time of year again to put on that zombie makeup and fire up the witches brew. Halloween isn’t merely a holiday for the kids anymore – with costume parties and trick-or-treater house guests – the holiday has become a time to dress up our homes for the festivities. Professor Toilet wants to see your creative Halloween décor ideas. This isn’t the run-of-the-mill Halloween photo contest – we want to see what you’ve got when it comes to entertaining this season in your home. Send us your creative home decorations that scare, amaze or delight your visitors for the chance to win an accessories set from American Standard! See below for some Spooktacular inspiration…

How to Enter

  1. Email your Halloween décor images to us at socialmedia@americanstandard.com with the subject line “SPOOKTACULAR Contest Entry” and leave a comment on this post to acknowledge your entry before November 7th, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST. The picture can be of décor anywhere in the home (bonus points for a Spooky bathroom or kitchen) that’s decorated for Halloween or the Autumn season.
  2. Professor Toilet and his team will choose their favorite entry and announce the winner here on ProfessorToilet.com on November 9th, 2012. Contest entries will be judged on the following criteria; ability to express the spirit of Halloween or Autumn & creativity (spooky or not!)
  3. Also enter a caption for one of the photos below (your choice of one) by commenting on the comments section and we will randomly select one of those comments.  Randomly selected photo caption will also receive Mega Plumber Action Hero from Professor Toilet.
  4.  (1) Winner will receive their choice of a set of JADO Stoic Collection or Pyke Collection accessories valued at $485-510 USD. Each set consists of the following; (1) Robe Hook, (1) Tissue Holder, (1) Small Towel Bar/Ring, (1) 24” Towel Bar. Must be 21 years of age or older at time of entry. Contest is open to US and Canada residents only. Approved image entries will be added to an album on the American Standard Facebook page.

NOTE: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. THIS CONTEST IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH OR ADMINISTERED BY FACEBOOK IN ANY WAY.

Here are your Prize Package Options:

Pyke Collection Accessories: 24″ Towel Bar, Tissue Holder, Towel Ring, Robe Hook
OR
Stoic Collection Accessories: 24″ Towel Bar, Tissue Holder, Small Towel Bar, Robe Hook

See more inspiration after the jump!

EDIT (November 19, 2012) : Congratulations to the winner of the photo contest, Christian F., and caption winner, Mark “Doc” H!! Winners will be contacted via email with instructions on how to claim their prize. Thank you to everyone who participated!

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