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  • Plumbing Myths Debunked: The Simpsons & Coriolis Effect

    On a Season 6 episode of The Simpsons entitled “Bart vs. Australia,” Bart and Lisa are squirting toothpaste down the sink (see video below). The kids notice that the water circles counter-clockwise down the drain which Lisa claims is due to the “Coriolis Effect.” Furthermore, she says that water always drains counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and drains clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Bart is skeptical and tries to prove his sister wrong. He calls a boy in Australia to disprove this theory and after hours of making the child flush toilets , admits his defeat. Toilet water flushes in different directions in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

    Only one problem: this is a common plumbing myth.

    The Coriolis Effect

    First of all, the Coriolis Effect is misrepresented in the episode. What Lisa says is based on fact, but not actually factual.

    All things being neutral, water will in fact drain counter-clockwise in the North and clockwise in the South due to the rotation of the earth. But this only happens in perfect conditions, such as a flawless tank in a room that is entirely still; the conditions that can only be met in a laboratory. If there are any imperfections in the tank, movement in the water, or other extra-ordinary conditions, then those can be blamed for the water swirling in the reverse direction.

    So if the Coriolis Effect does not cause the water to drain a certain direction, what does?

    Solution: Jet Streams

    When you flush the toilet, water is sprayed out of jets just below the rim that are facing the same direction. These determine which direction the water flushes and can be pointed counter clockwise or clockwise, regardless of what hemisphere you live in.

    As for your sink, well it drains based on outside factors, such as slope of the room and interference from outside objects, like rinsing your hands.

    Although “Bart vs. Australia” is one of the best episodes of The Simpsons, the basis of the episode is fictional. No matter what hemisphere you live in, the toilet company decides what direction your water drains, not the Coriolis Effect.

    Watch “Bart vs. Australia” below. The argument between Lisa and Bart occurs right after the opening credits, 22 seconds into the episode. Enjoy!

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  • Advantages of Going Tankless

    I come from a big family. It was my three siblings, my parents, and myself all living under a roof when I was in high school. This situation worked out all right for the most part, except in a few scenarios where there just wasn’t enough space or resources. One such situation was in the shower.

    We’ve all had it happen. You are rinsing off in the morning, letting the warm water wash away the sleepiness, when suddenly a burst of freezing water makes you jump out of your skin. You hop up and down, trying to simultaneously reposition the shower head, turn up the knob, and get out of the stream, all while not slipping. For me, it was the result of four or five other people showering before me.

    Luckily, there is now an option that can prevent you from doing the cold shower dance: tankless water heating. Let me review all you need to know about this terrific invention.

    Tankless vs. Normal Water Heater

    A normal water heater is a large, cylindrical tank that stores warm water, typically located in the basement. This means that as soon as the tank runs out of hot water, it must be refilled and rewarmed, a process that takes a while.

    A tankless water heater, on the other hand, utilizes heated coils that warm the water as it passes through. Instead of storing warm water, it heats the water as it becomes necessary.

    Benefits of Tankless Water Heater Installation

    Along with the benefits of having warm water whenever it is needed, tankless water heater installation has other perks as well.

    For one thing, a tankless water heater is more energy efficient than a tank. This helps the environment, but it also helps reduce your utilities bills.

    Another benefit is the extra space you will have. Property in Los Angeles is expensive, so having additional storage room in your basement from removing that large, clunky tank will do wonders for your living arrangement.

    Los Angeles Plumbing Company

    If my testimonial has convinced you to get tankless water heater installation, contact Rooter Experts. Our top-notch Los Angeles plumbing company can quickly set you up with a new model to keep your showers warm and help you save some money.