Drip Catcher Patents (Class 4/251.1)
  • Patent number: 10232398
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for protecting a surface including a substrate configured to receive fluid and a layer disposed on the substrate configured to retain or pass fluid thereto and discourage fluid flow therefrom. The substrate has a leading edge with a recess that complements a portion of a tire footprint; defines a semicircle, defines a U-shape; or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Clifton Toulson
  • Patent number: 8776280
    Abstract: An apparatus for containing overflow water from a toilet comprises a base member having a central bore therethrough and an upwardly extending exterior wall extending around a periphery thereof and a sleeve extending through the central bore having a top end sized to be slidably received within a drain pipe for the toilet. The top end of the sleeve extends a riser distance above the base member so as to form an annular trap around the sleeve. The apparatus further comprises a top support extending substantially radially outwardly from the top end of the sleeve having openings around a periphery thereof so as to permit water introduced to a top surface of the base member to drain into the trap and a plurality of apertures extending through the sleeve proximate to the top support so as to drain water retained in the trap into the drain pipe for the toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Robert Baranj, Bentley Dennis Dale
  • Patent number: 8691024
    Abstract: A complete sanitary system for any toilet site area which allows for the utilization of pressurized domestic running water transferred through a hose connected to a water valve diverting structure further connected to the main toilet domestic water feed line to that particular toilet's water closet. A floor structure with the aforementioned toilet mounted to its top surface side provides the structure to collect, retain and drain the spent waste water from the hose after the water has been used to cleanse the toilet site area. An alternative drainage location in the retention basin of the floor structure with coinciding plumbing piping method allows for a possible solid waste contamination scenario by an overflow toilet or otherwise to be effectively transferred directly into the main sewer pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas John Barniak, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8590559
    Abstract: A leak detector assembly uses fluid collected from a leaking conduit to automatically prohibit flow. The assembly includes a housing having a bottom, a top and a perimeter wall extending between the bottom and the top. A basin is coupled to the top of the housing. A drain opening is positioned in the basin. A collection pan is positioned below the drain opening to collect fluids passed through the drain opening from the basin. An electrical circuit is coupled to the collection pan. A sponge is coupled to the collection pan positioned over and contacting spaced contacts whereby the sponge completes the electrical circuit when the sponge becomes wet. A stop valve is coupled to a fluid conduit providing fluid to a position over the basin. The stop valve is operationally coupled to the electrical circuit whereby the stop valve closes upon the electrical circuit being completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Ezequiel Gutierrez
  • Publication number: 20130305443
    Abstract: An apparatus for containing overflow water from a toilet comprises a base member having a central bore therethrough and an upwardly extending exterior wall extending around a periphery thereof and a sleeve extending through the central bore having a top end sized to be slidably received within a drain pipe for the toilet. The top end of the sleeve extends a riser distance above the base member so as to form an annular trap around the sleeve. The apparatus further comprises a top support extending substantially radially outwardly from the top end of the sleeve having openings around a periphery thereof so as to permit water introduced to a top surface of the base member to drain into the trap and a plurality of apertures extending through the sleeve proximate to the top support so as to drain water retained in the trap into the drain pipe for the toilet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Robert Baranj, Bentley Dennis Dale
  • Patent number: 8409688
    Abstract: A water draining foot mat having a base with a plurality of upward extending projections where the upper draining surface of the base is sloped to facilitate the draining of water from the mat and the tops of the projections form a support for people to step on. The projections are sufficiently spaced apart to permit the majority of snow impinging the mat to contact the base where it can melt with the assistance of sunlight or salt so that the resulting water flows off the mat. The mat optionally includes water retaining walls with one or more water exits so that the walls in conjunction with the slope of the upper surface of the base cause water impinging on the mat to flow towards the water exits and off the mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Oluwafemi Ajibola Afolabi
  • Patent number: 8236402
    Abstract: An inexpensive and disposable urine collecting pad for placement on a floor surface directly below a urinal for collecting fluid not deposited within the confines of the urinal which would otherwise drip on the floor. Fluid collected by the pad is prevented from reaching the underlying floor area thereby eliminating the problems associated with fluids being deposited on the floor. The pad includes an upper fluid collecting layer of material and a lower non-skid fluid impervious layer of material that are glued together. The configuration of the pad includes a dual end, each end having a trapezoidal shape with flat parallel ends and tapered sides so that the urine collecting pad cannot be improperly aligned during installation. The trapezoidal and tapered side edges allow a person to stand in front of the urinal without the person's shoes standing on the collecting pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventors: R. Dean Stickler, Jeffrey S. Crevier
  • Patent number: 8163367
    Abstract: A water absorbing mat includes a base having an internal space open to a top; a squeezing unit disposed in the internal space and comprising a plurality of water bladders having a plurality of legs; and a water absorbing unit disposed on the water bladders and formed of a predetermined water absorbing material such as pile threads or foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Szu-Hsien Lee
  • Patent number: 8015634
    Abstract: An insulated cover for toilet water closets intended to prevent condensation and its associated damaging properties is herein disclosed. The water closet section of the toilet is covered on the bottom and all four (4) side surfaces up to a water line with a preformed foam covering. The foam is envisioned to be of a closed cell design similar to that used on insulating sleeves for glasses and canned beverages. The foam is approximately one-quarter (ΒΌ) inch thick and available in a wide variety of colors to match all bathroom decors. The foam covering would be made in halves that meet in a shiplap joint on the sides of the water closet. Finally, the cover would be held in place on the water closet with multiple strips of hook and loop fastener material, thus allowing it to be easily removed for replacement or cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: James P. Lessard
  • Patent number: 7934516
    Abstract: This patent discloses a collection system to collect dripped leakage from a toilet discharge flow. The dripped leakage may be from a toilet sealed by a wax ring. The collection system may include a collector, a drain tube, and a catch bottle. The collector may consist of a funnel positioned vertically between a mounting flange and a kick-up. A spout may extend from the funnel at an acute angle to the mounting flange. A wastewater pipe may connect through a center of the kick-up so that a portion of the wastewater pipe resides within a funnel interior of the funnel and a remaining portion resides below the kick-up and outside of the funnel interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Inventor: Phillip B. Jaynes
  • Patent number: 7904972
    Abstract: An ergonomic, contoured urinal floor mat for use with wall-urinals with the purpose of positioning a user center, up and toward a wall-urinal so as to prevent urine spillage and drippings from reaching floor below a wall-urinal. The floor mat consists of a heavy duty, permanent material with topside anti-slip and floor conforming anti-skid surfaces and is designed with three unique contouring angles which, in combination, elevates heels above toes, spreads legs, pushes toes outward, pulls heels inward, and creates a lift in the inner arch of the foot. The system also incorporates a replaceable drip tray, located between the users' legs and the urinal lip (to catch the inevitable last drops), a topside perimeter gutter (for complete urinal misses), and underside seal (to prevent liquids seepage under mat). If spills do occur, the overall contouring guides liquid into the gutter and keeps the topside foot areas dry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Inventor: Marino Anderson
  • Publication number: 20090158512
    Abstract: An inexpensive and disposable highly absorbent pad for placement on a floor surface directly in front of a toilet flush bowl or commode for absorbing fluid not deposited within the confines of the toilet flush bowl which would otherwise drip on the floor. Fluid absorbed by the pad is prevented from reaching the underlying floor area thereby eliminating the problems associated with fluids being deposited on the floor. The pad includes an upper absorbent layer of material and a lower non-skid fluid impervious layer of material that are glued together. The configuration of the pad includes a truncated base portion at the lower edge and the recessed portion for the commode or toilet flush bowl at the top portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventors: Dean Stickler, Jeffrey S. Crevier
  • Publication number: 20090139017
    Abstract: An ergonomic, contoured urinal floor mat for use with wall-urinals with the purpose of positioning a user center, up and toward a wall-urinal so as to prevent urine spillage and drippings from reaching floor below a wall-urinal. The floor mat consists of a heavy duty, permanent material with topside anti-slip and floor conforming anti-skid surfaces and is designed with three unique contouring angles which, in combination, elevates heels above toes, spreads legs, pushes toes outward, pulls heels inward, and creates a lift in the inner arch of the foot. The system also incorporates a replaceable drip tray, located between the users' legs and the urinal lip (to catch the inevitable last drops), a topside perimeter gutter (for complete urinal misses), and underside seal (to prevent liquids seepage under mat). If spills do occur, the overall contouring guides liquid into the gutter and keeps the topside foot areas dry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventor: Marino Anderson
  • Publication number: 20090077728
    Abstract: The Disposable Absorbent Pad with Non-Skid Plastic Mat is designed to fit under the toilet bowl area. This invention will prevent unwanted urine from soiling the area surrounding the toilet bowl while giving its user non-skid protection. The base of the Non-Skid Plastic Mat forms a U-shape around the toilet bowl and the center top region of the plastic mat unit contains a disposable absorbent pad. This is an ongoing method for joining two types of material together comprising of a rigid disposable absorbent pad and a multi-suction non-skid plastic mat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventor: Nina Garcia
  • Patent number: 7458109
    Abstract: A toilet skirting device for inhibiting liquids leaking from a toilet from contacting a floor of a bathroom includes a plate being secured to a floor of a bathroom and having an opening extending therethrough being aligned with a waste pipe extending through the floor. The plate receives a toilet to inhibit seepage from a bottom end of the toilet from contacting the floor. A wax seal is positioned between the bottom end of the toilet and the plate. The wax seal forms a seal between the bottom end of the toilet and the plate to inhibit seepage of the liquid between the toilet and the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Inventor: Ronald L. Kreisel
  • Patent number: 7421745
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for supporting a wall mounted toilet with a toilet bumper in contact with the underside of the wall mounted toilet. The toilet bumper includes an adjustable support leg having an upper end mounted to the toilet bumper and a support foot mounted to a lower end of the adjustable support leg to rest against a floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Inventor: Aitan Levy
  • Patent number: 7363936
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is my invention of a leakage catch basin and configurable storage unit, designed to be water tight and made of water resistant material. My invention further includes mans to position dividers into the larger defined spaces, thus forming an arrangement of organized storage compartments. Further, my invention is dimensioned to be of various and common sized cabinets with the illustrated preferred embodiment showing a configuration of 3 such sizes in combination. My invention allows one or all such defined spaces to be separated into independent units for subsequent installation, use and protection in separate cabinets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Logical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad Simoneaux, Tom J. LeBlanc
  • Publication number: 20080086802
    Abstract: The TOILETFLOOR SHIELD will be a new product in line with the toilet fixtures and bathroom supplies. It is a clear flat light weight product that can come in four basic bathroom fixture colors. It is made from a thin sheet of steel. It has a soft white weather stripping complete around the outer edging of the model. The TOILETFLOOR SHIELD resembles a bathroom mat that will attractively fit in place around the toilet basing. It can fit or slide neatly in under the toilet base to the flange. It slides far enough in, to the flange that any urine will stay on the shield and not reach the original flooring. The experiment is, that all urine stay on the TOILETFLOOR SHIELD and not reach under the shield to the original flooring. This is how the TOILETFLOOR SHIELD saves and protect the flooring to last longer and cut down on those unwanted stale urine odors around the toilet base areas. It is a non-toxic chemically treated product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventors: Violet Geraldean Thomas, William C. Favors, Tyrone Lamont Turner
  • Publication number: 20070169256
    Abstract: A protective mat is positioned on the shelf of a cabinet. A portion of the protective mat extends upwardly along a sidewall of the cabinet and forms a seal therewith. The shelf and sidewall define an inner volume of the cabinet. The protective mat is positioned in the inner volume so that water carried thereon is flowed out of the inner volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Publication date: July 26, 2007
    Inventor: Salvador Arraz
  • Patent number: 7069603
    Abstract: A toilet leak containment assembly for preventing water leaks from a toilet during flushing onto the support flooring into which the toilet is attached. The leak containment assembly contains a leak collector for installation between the toilet base and the support flooring for preventing the water leaks onto the support flooring during flushing. The leak collector contains an attachment flange for attaching the leak collector to the support flooring, a collector pan for collecting water leaks during flushing, and an outlet pipe in fluid communication with the collector pan for channeling the leaks into the plumbing drain pipe. It also contains a leak seal assembly for installation and sealing between the toilet base and the leak collector. The leak seal assembly contains a flow channel for channeling water flow into the outlet pipe of the leak collector, and a seal for sealing between the toilet base and the leak collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Flushing Flange, LLC
    Inventor: Jay David Flushing
  • Patent number: 6941703
    Abstract: A self-cleaning flooring system for catching waste products has at least one module comprising a drain pan and a floor grid. The drain pan has a ramp and a central drain outlet. The ramp extends around the drain pan defining a drain pan periphery. The ramp slopes downward from the drain pan periphery towards the drain outlet. The drain pan periphery has a plurality of discharge ports spaced therealong for discharge of flushing fluid onto the ramp such that the waste products are washed down the ramp towards the drain outlet. The floor grid extends across the drain pan and is mounted upon the drain pan periphery for supporting personnel standing thereon while permitting waste products to pass therethrough. The module is interconnectable to horizontally adjacent modules to form the flooring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Sani-Floor, Incorporated
    Inventors: James G. MacLean, David L. Christian, Darell J. Long, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6875494
    Abstract: A fluid absorbing apparatus. The fluid absorbing apparatus includes an absorbing layer having a fluid absorbing material and a protective layer having a number of apertures extending through the protective layer and in fluid communication with the absorbing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignees: Consolidated Industrial Corporation, Emerging Markets Incorporated
    Inventors: William G. Burns, William G. Lianos, Roger Zeller, Robert J. Thiele
  • Patent number: 6787210
    Abstract: An inexpensive and disposable, highly absorbent pad for placement on a floor surface, directly in front of a urinal, for absorbing fluid not deposited within the confines of the urinal which would otherwise drip on the floor. Fluid absorbed by the pad is prevented from reaching the underlying floor thereby eliminating the problems associated with fluids being deposited on the floor. The pad includes a normally concealed incorporates a normally concealed, flexible, thin plastic disposal container connected to a pad removal member. The disposal container is stored in a normally concealed location, preferably beneath the pad, and automatically deploys and envelops the pad when a force is exerted on the removal member during the pad removal process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Inventor: R. Dean Stickler
  • Patent number: 6763531
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for the containment of fluids that flow from a bowl of a commode installed in an aircraft lavatory through a space between a rim of the bowl and a shroud positioned above the rim. The method includes securing a central portion of an apron against an exterior perimeter of the bowl and fastening a plurality of fastening points formed in an outer peripheral portion of the apron to fixed anchors to thereby extend and retain the outer peripheral portion of the apron away from the exterior perimeter of the bowl. Once installed, the apron is able to contain at least a portion of fluids that flow from the bowl through the space. The present invention also provides a method of servicing an aircraft lavatory between flights and a kit for use in servicing an aircraft lavatory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Aircraft Facilities Products, LLC
    Inventors: Scott W. Huffman, Charles J. Flury, Donald J. Huffman
  • Patent number: 6457188
    Abstract: An evacuation assembly for a receptacle, which is traversed by a flowable substance drained through a discharge outlet, includes a housing removably attached to the receptacle and having a channel receiving the substance in case of the blocked outlet of the receptacle, and a reservoir in flow communication with the channel for storing the delivered substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Inventor: Thomas Henry Lindberg
  • Patent number: 6446275
    Abstract: A surface protection system consisting of three pieces, (1) cartridge-top, (2) absorbent core, and (3) base unit. The cartridge-top, made of semi-flexible material with a waffle grid design of drainage holes, traps and directs liquid spills into the absorbent core. The core is a thin layer of material attached to the entire underside of the cartridge-top, forming one unit. The core material, consisting of cotton-fluff and a super-absorbent polymer or fiber, holds and wicks the liquid away from the surface, turning it into a jell. The cartridge-top is snapped onto the top of the base unit covering it completely. It is disposed via routine trash collection during maintenance (usually weekly) and replaced by a fresh one. The base unit is also made of semi-flexible material and is extremely durable. It is placed on the floor under a urinal and secured to the floor to prevent its accidental displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Inventors: Rickie J. Wright, Wade R. Waterman
  • Patent number: 6370705
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a female urinal (20) comprising a body having a connection portion (22) for attachment to a support (21), a receiving portion (23) at the remote end from the support into which a female urinates, and a straddling portion (24) interposed therebetween. The straddling portion (24) is configured to afford space for the location of a user's thighs such that she can comfortably position herself above the urinal for accurate urination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Inventor: Orde Levinson
  • Publication number: 20020023293
    Abstract: A liner that has been molded to fit the shape of the base of a cabinet. This liner is designed with a higher back and sides with the lowest side being in the front, so that if the liner over flows the water would be forced out of the front of the liner allowing for easy detection. The liner has a drain plug installed in the front of the liner so that water that has pooled in the liner could be easily drained. This liner is designed to fold when needed so that it would fit in larger base cabinets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2001
    Publication date: February 28, 2002
    Inventor: William Irving Lewis
  • Patent number: 6295658
    Abstract: The system comprises a disposable pad having a plurality of layers, and means for retaining the disposable pad either upon the upper surface of a permanent base or directly onto the floor. The permanent base is positioned upon the floor and the base has an upper surface that is generally horizontal. The disposable pad includes a layer of absorbent material, and a coating layer of waterproof material. The pad is flame retardant and biodegradable. The system is useful for keeping the floor dry and in a sanitary condition. The undersurface of the disposable pad includes two bores for cooperative engagement with two projections extending upwardly and affixed to the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Inventor: Matthew Jenkins
  • Patent number: 6174581
    Abstract: A toilet skirt for being positioned around a toilet base and absorbing any moisture that collects thereat. The toilet skirt is a body member that has a pair of moisture absorbent layers that sandwich a moisture impervious layer between them. A plurality of pleats are located on the top moisture absorbent layer and a perforation seams passes between a first side of the body member and the pleats. The perforation seam and the pleats allow a portion of the top layer to fit around the sides of the toilet base in turtleneck fashion to collect moisture therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Inventor: Hedy Barker