10 Plumbing Facts You Should Know

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Nadj Villaver | Negosentro.com

Beneath those faucet and pipes dwell interesting plumbing facts that you may not know. Knowledge of these plumbing facts will not only give you additional information but may also save you from future plumbing problems.

1. Plumbing is an essential part of history. 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. The word “plumber” is a Latin term for “lead.” In Rome, pipes were originally made from lead, which is “plumbum” in Latin.

3. “The John and The Crapper” Sir John Harington invented the flushable toilet in 1596, hence the American nickname for it, “the John.” On the other hand, the toilet is also called “the crapper” because of Thomas Crapper, who widely increased the popularity of it.

4. During the 1930’s, faucets with hot and cold water control were already present. In 1939, Al Moen invented the single-handle faucet that can control hot and cold water in just one turn.

5. Super Mario Brothers are plumbers. It’s not just their costume. It’s real. Mario and Luigi (of the video game Super Mario Brothers) are plumbers.

6. Toilet flushing uses 38% of water in every typical household. A low flush toilet can save you up to 18,000 gallons of water per year. An invisible leak in the toilet will waste up to 15 gallons of water a day or 5,475 gallons a year.

7. There are two different types of plungers. Toilet plungers are narrow at the bottom to fit into the toilet while sink/shower plungers are flat.

8. The first fire sprinkler system was invented by a British man named Sir William Congreve. He perforated pipes along the ceiling and installed a valve outside the building that could be opened to send water through them.

9. Manhole covers are circular because if they’re turned sideways, they can’t fall through their own opening.

10. Leaky faucet can waste over a gallon of water in a week. A slight trickling faucet or showerhead that drips twice per minute can waste up to 100 gallons of water or more in a week (depending on the size of the drip). If a drip from your faucet fills an eight-ounce glass in 15 minutes, it will waste 180 gallons per month and 2,160 gallons per year.  If you are using a hot and cold shower at home, more than 9,000 gallons of water are wasted while running the faucet waiting for hot water. As much as 15% of your annual water heating costs can be wasted heating this extra 9,000 gallons.

Now that you know these plumbing facts, especially the effects of leaky faucet, it’s highly recommendable to hire a professional plumber who can help you solve these plumbing problems. Whether for your home or business, Roto-Rooter is the #1 name in plumbing and drain services which offers a tailor-fit preventive maintenance service for clients and customers in the residential, commercial and industrial markets.

To schedule a service, you may call their hotline +632 535-21-65 or through their easy online scheduling system at http://rotorooterphilippines.com/

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