The Truth Behind Public Bathrooms


Plumbers get called to fix public restrooms on a regular basis. There are a variety of issues that require a professional such as leaky toilets, faucets, and cracked toilet bowls. While plumbers are fixing and maintaining public bathrooms, the public fears using them due to myths about bacteria and germs. Continue reading to find out the truth behind public bathrooms.

Myth #1 – You Can Catch a Disease from Public Restrooms

On rare occasions, there have been reports of people developing illnesses due to contact with an infected surface in a public bathroom. However, those with a healthy immune system are often able to fight off any germ they come in contact with while visiting a public toilet. Those who have a compromised and weak immune systems are more likely to “catch” something if they don’t take the regular precautions of washing hands with warm water and antibacterial soap.

Myth #2 – The Toilet Seat is the Dirtiest Object in the Bathroom

People worldwide take protective measures when it comes to touching the toilet seat. Most restrooms provide toilet seat covers due to this common myth. The truth is, since most people don’t come into contact with the toilet seat, it’s not as dangerous as you think it is. A common item that people tend to forget about is the toilet paper itself. You use the toilet paper to cover the toilet seat and to wipe yourself. But did you realize that the person before you most likely touched the toilet paper with their dirty hands after whipping themselves? This bacteria comes into contact with your skin and can spread illness. To prevent this from happening to you, carefully tear the tip of the toilet paper without touching it directly and throw it in the trash.

Myth #3 – Flushing the Toilet throws Bacteria on You

Truth. This myth is true. Public restrooms don’t have lids for the toilet seats. This means flushing the toilet pushes air from the force of the flush into the stall and spreads bacteria from the toilet. The best way to avoid this is to open the stall door first, then flush the toilet and leave the stall quickly.

Due to these gross and scary myths about public restrooms most people have developed a safety routine when visiting public restrooms. Remember, if you have a healthy immune system, wash your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap, plus avoid contact with germ infested toilet paper and seats. You can also avoid spreading bacteria in your home bathroom by putting the lid down on the toilet and fixing any plumbing issues. If you need the assistance of a plumber, contact us today!


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