Revelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12345 posts, RR: 25 Posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2569 times:
So, I normally live alone, but am having a relative stay with me for the summer.
And where he lives, he has a septic system instead of city sewers and it's the custom in his house to not flush the toilet after urinating. You do flush if you defecate.
I see the nice ecological benefits of this, but frankly I just don't like opening the toilet lid and seeing some else's hours old piss. And I do have quite adequate city sewerage.
Am I right or wrong to bring it up with him?
I shared a hotel room with a lady friend that had the same custom and I also didn't like it then. She explained the whole thing to me, but I still flushed every time when I encountered the yellow toilet and every time after I finished using it, whether it was #1 or #2 or both. She never brought it up, but if she had, I was going to tell her that I just happened to crap a lot!
Actually that friendship also went down the toilet too shortly thereafter.
I wonder if toilet habits had anything to do with it?
And it still weirds me out to think that adults have to discuss their toilet habits.
Life was so much simpler when I was living by myself.
Lord I wish silly shit like this didn't bother me so much!
signol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2512 times:
My mum's house still has a septic tank under the front lawn. It was connected to mains sewerage years before we moved there, but we were warned not to park cars on the grass...
I'm with the OP on always flushing. Unless we're trying to get the baby to sleep and it is just a No.1, it can wait 1/2 hr until he's sound asleep, then flush it.
PHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7511 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2482 times:
While I can understand people following the if it's yellow, keep it mellow; if it's brown flush it down approach for their own homes (whether it's connected to a septic system or even a town sewer (some do this to save on their water bill)); what galls me is when they apply this practice at either a public toilet or a toilet at either a business or office establishment. After a while, the stench of remaining urine in an unflushed toilet gets a bit much.
While some think that they may be saving the planet by practicing this outside of their home; the reality is that, after a while, such practice in a public or business facility can create a potential health hazard.
IMHO, the rule should be; at a public place or business establishment, FLUSH AT ALL TIMES!
"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
Fly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2448 times:
I once had an extremely weird roommate, with no social or hygienic skills whatsoever, and even worse, he was the cheapest bastard I ever met in my life (yet he went to a very expensive school and his dad was a NASA shuttle engineer ). Anyways he wouldn't flush the toilet after taking a leak. To make things worse, he'd wait after pissing about 3 times before he ever flushed. I asked him nicely, on thre differrent occasions, to flush it, every time. It was just disgusting to walk into the bathroom and have 8hr-old piss stinking up the place . His excuse was that "he was being considerate with us by saving money in water costs by not flushing" Anyways, the fourth time I ran into that stuff in the toilet I just went completely bezerk. I stormed into his room yelling at the top of my lungs right in his face pretty much threatening to kill him if he ever did it again.
Not only did I nearly make him poop his pants, but he NEVER forgot to flush again.
Also, I know plenty of people that have septic systems and nobody leaves piss sitting there for hours. Everybody flushes.
I can't think of any real, valid and strong reason to not flush.
ZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1983 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2429 times:
At my buddies cabin we have to follow this rule. And this is because in the summer when it does not rain too much the water reserve gets really low. Anything under 50% we follow that rule, if it's above 50% or if there is lots of rain in the forecast we flush all the time.
desertjets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7760 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2342 times:
I really prefer when my bathroom doesn't smell like a gas station mensroom. There isn't much that is worse than the smell of stale piss.
I suppose in the OP's case he should enforce the maxim that the relative is his guest and he should flush the toilet each time..... or at the very least not eat asparagus for the duration of the summer.
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
mandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6768 posts, RR: 76
Reply 20, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2200 times:
Quoting Revelation (Thread starter): And where he lives, he has a septic system instead of city sewers and it's the custom in his house to not flush the toilet after urinating. You do flush if you defecate.
OK, he needs either a new septic tank or a bigger one for where he lives then!
I have a septic tank, and 6 people in the house, anyone not flushing gets the boot !
When losing situational awareness, pray Cumulus Granitus isn't nearby !
ajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2164 times:
Quoting wingman (Reply 19): This may sound gross but I've never flused the toilet in my entire life.
How so? Do you crap outside?
As for me, I live in a house where somebody doesn't do it when they pee, but i'm not sure who it is. I do it regardless if it's a 1 or 2 though, there's nothing worse than walking in on old piss. It's alright if you live alone, but when it's somebody elses piss, it's far worse.
YVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2067 times:
I always flush every time.
However, the wife is a creature of habit and childhood habits are not easily broken. Her dad did their bathroom and something went wrong with the plumbing whereby if you flushed the toilet, there was no hot water left for the shower - it went down the loo...... (why the problem was never remedied Im not too sure!!!) Anyhow, the solution was to flush after the shower.
I learned about this plumbing balls up as still, 4 years after she moved out, she still occasionally forgets to flush - meaning to do it after the shower, but forgetting. Thats gross, particularly as it may not only be #1 or #2, but may even be #3......I can deal with blood, but there is no worse way to start the day than that...