In terms of your plumbing, what’s the weirdest thing you can put in a basement? A shower head in the middle of the ceiling? A bathtub right next to the washer and dryer?
How about a toilet, standing in the middle of the room, with no walls around it?
You probably know somebody who has one of these, or maybe you have one yourself. Here in Pittsburgh, this feature is known as the Pittsburgh potty.
The story is that steelworkers coming home from a long day in the mill would need a place to freshen up before dinner. They’d come in through the basement, wash up and then head upstairs for dinner. Sometimes the Pittsburgh potty is accompanied by a Pittsburgh bathtub, or a Pittsburgh shower head, to make washing more convenient.
It’s said that about 200,000 homes in Allegheny county were built before World War II. These homes are the places where you’ll most frequently find a Pittsburgh toilet.
Living in modern society, most people think of Pittsburgh potties as an oddity. What are you supposed to do with a toilet that provides no privacy, installed in the middle of your basement laundry area?
Some might tear out their Pittsburgh potty just to make their basement look more “normal,” but at Terry’s Plumbing, we hate to witness the destruction of local history. Below are a few suggestions for making your Pittsburgh commode more useable and acceptable by today’s standards.
Despite your best efforts to make your basement toilet more useful in your home, your Pittsburgh potty may not see much action (except maybe at the holidays when family comes to visit). To maintain your basement toilet, we recommend the following:
At Terry’s Plumbing, we’ve seen our fair share of Pittsburgh potties. When your Pittsburgh potty breaks, clogs or needs maintenance, we can help. To get your Pittsburgh potty serviced, contact us today at (412) 364-9114.