Local Hardware Stores Are Selling A Product That Will Blow Up Your Toilet
Exploding toilets are usually funny but this product recall is no laughing matter.
First of all, I had no idea that there was a product called a "pressure-assisted flushing system." But there is, and they're pretty serious.
Now I don't know why people need so much extra pressure in their toilets, I'm almost 40 and have had no problem with the standard flushing experience. I've always been flummoxed by those demonstrations where people flush marbles, or something else that shouldn't be flushed, to show how powerful their toilet is.
That's where these systems come in. They sit inside the tank and hold all the water. When you flush it then essentially sends a fire hose into your bowl and will take small animals with it.
The problem? It's too powerful and is literally busting toilets apart at the seams.
NBCNews - The defective systems "can burst at or near the vessel weld seam releasing stored pressure," which can lift the tank lid and shatter the tank," according to the recall statement. This can lead to possible "impact and laceration hazards to consumers and property damage."
Buyers are urged to stop using the flushing systems immediately, turn off the water supply system to the unit and flush the toilet to release any internal pressure.
The systems are sold in most hardware stores, including Lowes and Home Depot.
The system in question is the Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing system.
If you have one of those, slowly step away from the toilet and fill out the recall statement. They'll come out and replace it for free.
Toilets. Who knew they could be so dangerous.