Plumbing is a pretty serious task – we usually call a plumber to address a problem that is causing damage or major inconvenience in our homes. However, just because plumbing is important and necessary doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun and interesting as well! Read on to learn some facts about this essential industry.
- The term “plumbing” comes from ancient Roman times, when pipes were made out of lead, which is “plumbum” in Latin. Why didn’t the Romans get lead poisoning from their plumbing system? Their water sources were rich in calcium, which built up as deposits inside the pipes, protecting the water from contacting the lead.
- Indoor plumbing dates back to at least 2,500 B.C. Moreover, the first flushing toilet was found on the isle of Crete in the palace of King Minus. It dates back to 1500 B.C.
- Ancient Egyptians used copper piping for their plumbing – the same material that is most commonly used for plumbing work in the modern world, 3,000 years later!
- Water pipes were made of wood in the 16th and 17th centuries.
- Approximately 18,000 gallons of water per year can be saved by installing a low-flush toilet in your home.
- Toilet flushing accounts for as much as 38 percent of household water use in an average home.
- A pinhead-sized leak in your plumbing wastes as much as 360,000 gallons of water per year, or enough to fill up 12,000 bathtubs.
Just Plain Strange
- Albert Einstein famously stated that if he could live his life over, he would be a plumber.
- In Japan, some urinals have voice-activated flushers.
- Over $100,000 was spent on a study to determine how most people set up their toilet paper roll, finding that three out of four people have it with the flap on the font.
- A wide array of pharmaceuticals enter our sewer system via urinary excretion, i.e., toilets. As a result, drugs such as cholesterol medications, pain relievers, antibiotics, estrogen, antidepressants and others have been detected in cities’ drinking water supplies.
For more interesting plumbing knowledge, keep reading Pipe Gripes. To repair a leak, install a more efficient appliance, or even install a whole-house water filtration system, call Thompson Electrical, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.
Written and published by Thompson Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.
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