16 Plumbing Facts You Never Knew, I Hope

All Utah Plumbing, Heating & Air offers all types of plumbing and water service for residential homes in Utah. Now that we’ve entered the first quarter of Summer, it’s important to have your plumbing, air conditioning, drains, and sprinklers serviced so they function properly throughout the season. Sewer lines connect to your home and outdoor hose bibs. Unfortunately, due to Utah’s harsh Winter, these pipes can burst, and you dont want your lawn smelling like a water filtration center. Gross!

Below is a list of plumbing facts you may not know about. Call and schedule your next service with All Utah Plumbing, Heating & Air, Utah’s number one plumbing company.

1. The modern word “plumber” stems from the Latin word “plumbum,” which means “lead.”

2. Richard Nixon used the code name “plumbers” for the agents he used to prevent intelligence leaks from the White House.

3. If you have a leaky tap that drips twice or more per minute, you’ll waste over a gallon of water every week. A leaking faucet tap that drips once per second a day wastes about 30 liters of water each day, roughly around 10950 liters per year from one leaky faucet.

4. Insulating your home’s pipes can lower the heat lost as water travels from the heater to your faucet. As a result, you’ll run less water waiting for it to warm up and save money on your utility bills.

5. If you were to install a slow flushing toilet, you could save up to 18,000 gallons of water a year! This is a large amount of water when you can waste over 3,000 gallons a year with a leaking faucet.

6. Are you a Super Mario Brothers fan? Then you’re more than likely familiar with Mario and Luigi’s professions. They’re plumbers, although they don’t do much plumbing because Mario is too busy saving Peach.

7. Fire sprinklers these days are automatic and turn on if it detects smoke. The first fire sprinkler system was invented by a British man named Sir William Congreve. He perforated pipes and the ceiling and installed a valve outside the building that could be opened to send water through them.

8. Did you know there are two types of plungers? One plunger is for the toilet and has a longer piece at the base of the plunger that fits into the toilet hole. The second is a sink and shower plunger or a drain plunger. This plunger has flat bas to fit over the entire drain entrance and attach to the shower, tub, or sink bowl.

9. The floating mechanism in your toilet’s water tank is called a ballcock, which controls the flow of water.

10. The most expensive toilet in the world is located on the International Space Station. Priced at $19 million, the toilet not only straps astronauts in place it also converts the waste from the toilet into drinking water.

11. Contrary to popular belief, the water doesn’t spin the opposite way when you’re south of the equator when you flush your toilet. Instead, the direction the water flows is based on which way the toilet’s pipes were built so that it can spin either way in any part of the world.

12. Copper pipes are naturally antibacterial and 100% recyclable.

13. Around 75% of the household prefer that the flap of the toilet paper be faced down.

14. In Japan, toilets include heated seats, soothing music, and even T.V. To keep you entertained.

15. The oldest toilet in the world, which is still in one piece, is over 2000 years old and can be found in China.

16. The average person visits the toilet about 6-7 times daily.

History about Plumbing

1. Standardized plumbing can be traced back to around 3,000 B.C., when the Indus River Valley civilization used earthen plumbing pipes to provide transportable water and drain wastes.

2. In 1700 B.C., the Minoan palace of Knossos on the isle of Crete featured four drainage systems emptying the great stone sewers.

3. In 705 B.C., the Assyrian king Sennacherib developed a 10-mile-long canal in three stages, including 18 new water courses from the mountains, two dams and water diversion, and a chain of canals.

4. In 800 B.C., the first sewers of Rome were built and are called the “Cloaca Maxima.”

5. In 1596, Sir John Harrington invented a “washout” closet anew, or a flushing toilet, similar to the drainage principle on the isle of Crete. This is where we get the nickname “the John.” We also call the toilet “the crapper” because of Thomas Crapper, who widely increased its popularity.

6. In 1738, JF Brondel introduced the valve-type flush toilet.

King George II of Great Britain died in 1760 by falling off a toilet.

7. In 1829, the Tremont Hotel in Boston became the first hotel to have indoor plumbing and housed eight water closets built by Isaiah Rogers.

8. In 1948, England passed the Public Health Act, which became a model plumbing code for the world to follow.

9. In 1857, the first packaged toilet paper was invented by American Joseph Gayetty and called “Gayettys’s Medicated Paper.”

10. In 1858, George Jennings popularized public lavatories.

11. In 1939, Al Moen invented the single-handle faucet that can control hot and cold water in just one turn.

Einstein Loved Plumbing

Albert Einstein was named an honorary member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union after confessing that he’d be a plumber if he could live his life again.

“If I were a young man again and had to decide how to make my living, I would not try to become a scientist, scholar, or teacher. I would rather choose to be a plumber in the hope to find that modest degree of independence still available under present circumstances,” said world-renowned scientist, scholar, and teacher Albert Einstein.

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