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KERNERSVILLE, NC -- Jaden asked the question, "Who invented indoor plumbing?"

Here are the bowl basics. About.com records the first flushing water closet more than 2800 years ago in Crete.
The ancient Romans had a system of sewers. The first patent for a flushing toilet was issued in 1775 by a man named Alexander Cummings.

Technically, that answers Jaden's question. But you know 2WTK likes to dig deeper. So, we looked at the highest and lowest places with indoor plumbing!

The folks at TIMCO Aviation showed us how flushing happens at 30,000 feet in the air.  

Nick Brouwer of TIMCO explained, "The aircraft manufactures use titanium tubing it's about an inch and a half two inch diameter pipe and depending on the aircraft and locations of the lavatory you just have a run of this tubing that runs from the toilet to the waste tank."

Brouwer says it's a lot like the plumbing in your home with the exception that you don't have a vacuum in your home to pull waste from the toilet bowl. In the aircraft it's a vacuum waste system, there's a motor in the back of the aircraft that pulls suction on the system so when you activate press the button in the lavatory it activates the motor and it pulls the waste from away from the toilet and drops it into the tank.

He likens it to the vacuum you use in your house the clean your carpets every day. Airplanes didn't always use this vacuum-type design. It was invented in1972 and first installed in the mid-80's.
Before then, it was an electric pump system with hundreds of gallons of special flushing liquid.

Now to the indoor plumbing in the depths of the sea on the submarine the  USS Helena.  The Navy Sub travels 800 feet down."The bathrooms inside submarines are called heads. This is one out of 4 heads on the submarine. Inside you will find one shower, two sinks, as well as a water closet. A water closet is not a traditional water closet. We have a flushing valve and a draining valve to flush the content you open the drain valve and open your flushing valve. Then after flushing you have to shut the flush valve."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The bathrooms inside submarines are called heads. This is one out of 4 heads on the submarine. Inside you will find one shower, two sinks, as well as a water closet. A water closet is not a traditional water closet. We have a flushing valve and a draining valve to flush the content you open the drain valve and open your flushing valve. Then after flushing you have to shut the flush valve."

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"The bathrooms inside submarines are called heads. This is one out of 4 heads on the submarine. Inside you will find one shower, two sinks, as well as a water closet. A water closet is not a traditional water closet. We have a flushing valve and a draining valve to flush the content you open the drain valve and open your flushing valve. Then after flushing you have to shut the flush valve."

 

"The bathrooms inside submarines are called heads. This is one out of 4 heads on the submarine. Inside you will find one shower, two sinks, as well as a water closet. A water closet is not a traditional water closet. We have a flushing valve and a draining valve to flush the content you open the drain valve and open your flushing valve. Then after flushing you have to shut the flush valve."

 

"The bathrooms inside submarines are called heads. This is one out of 4 heads on the submarine. Inside you will find one shower, two sinks, as well as a water closet. A water closet is not a traditional water closet. We have a flushing valve and a draining valve to flush the content you open the drain valve and open your flushing valve. Then after flushing you have to shut the flush valve."

 

"The bathrooms inside submarines are called heads. This is one out of 4 heads on the submarine. Inside you will find one shower, two sinks, as well as a water closet. A water closet is not a traditional water closet. We have a flushing valve and a draining valve to flush the content you open the drain valve and open your flushing valve. Then after flushing you have to shut the flush valve."

 

"The bathrooms inside submarines are called heads. This is one out of 4 heads on the submarine. Inside you will find one shower, two sinks, as well as a water closet. A water closet is not a traditional water closet. We have a flushing valve and a draining valve to flush the content you open the drain valve and open your flushing valve. Then after flushing you have to shut the flush valve."

 

"The bathrooms inside submarines are called heads. This is one out of 4 heads on the submarine. Inside you will find one shower, two sinks, as well as a water closet. A water closet is not a traditional water closet. We have a flushing valve and a draining valve to flush the content you open the drain valve and open your flushing valve. Then after flushing you have to shut the flush valve."

 

"The bathrooms inside submarines are called heads. This is one out of 4 heads on the submarine. Inside you will find one shower, two sinks, as well as a water closet. A water closet is not a traditional water closet. We have a flushing valve and a draining valve to flush the content you open the drain valve and open your flushing valve. Then after flushing you have to shut the flush valve."

 

"The bathrooms inside submarines are called heads. This is one out of 4 heads on the submarine. Inside you will find one shower, two sinks, as well as a water closet. A water closet is not a traditional water closet. We have a flushing valve and a draining valve to flush the content you open the drain valve and open your flushing valve. Then after flushing you have to shut the flush valve."

 

"The bathrooms inside submarines are called heads. This is one out of 4 heads on the submarine. Inside you will find one shower, two sinks, as well as a water closet. A water closet is not a traditional water closet. We have a flushing valve and a draining valve to flush the content you open the drain valve and open your flushing valve. Then after flushing you have to shut the flush valve."

 

"The bathrooms inside submarines are called heads. This is one out of 4 heads on the submarine. Inside you will find one shower, two sinks, as well as a water closet. A water closet is not a traditional water closet. We have a flushing valve and a draining valve to flush the content you open the drain valve and open your flushing valve. Then after flushing you have to shut the flush valve."

 

"The bathrooms inside submarines are called heads. This is one out of 4 heads on the submarine. Inside you will find one shower, two sinks, as well as a water closet. A water closet is not a traditional water closet. We have a flushing valve and a draining valve to flush the content you open the drain valve and open your flushing valve. Then after flushing you have to shut the flush valve."

 

"The bathrooms inside submarines are called heads. This is one out of 4 heads on the submarine. Inside you will find one shower, two sinks, as well as a water closet. A water closet is not a traditional water closet. We have a flushing valve and a draining valve to flush the content you open the drain valve and open your flushing valve. Then after flushing you have to shut the flush valve."

 

"The bathrooms inside submarines are called heads. This is one out of 4 heads on the submarine. Inside you will find one shower, two sinks, as well as a water closet. A water closet is not a traditional water closet. We have a flushing valve and a draining valve to flush the content you open the drain valve and open your flushing valve. Then after flushing you have to shut the flush valve."

 

Now to the indoor plumbing in the depths of the sea on the submarine the  USS Helena.  The Navy Sub travels 800 feet down.

 

Now to the indoor plumbing in the depths of the sea on the submarine the  USS Helena.  The Navy Sub travels 800 feet down.

 

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