Plumbing Facts You Probably Don’t Know
Your Western New York home’s plumbing may be something you think about often or rarely give a thought to, regardless, indoor plumbing has been around for centuries, and there are probably a lot of things you don’t know about it.
Your Western New York home’s plumbing may be something you think about often or rarely give a thought to, regardless, indoor plumbing has been around for centuries, and there are probably a lot of things you don’t know about it. In today’s world, plumbing in our homes is not just a convenience, it has become a part of our daily routines, and is something that most people can’t live without. Because we love all things plumbing, we thought it would be fun to review some plumbing facts you probably don’t know. Let’s get started.
Plumbing Facts You Probably Don’t Know
Most people take their plumbing for granted, because it is just a functioning part of their homes; however, that was not always the case. We are going to review some plumbing facts that we find fascinating and hope you do as well.
– While we think of plumbing as a rather new thing, that is not the case. Standardized plumbing can be traced back to around 3,000 B.C.The Indus River Valley civilization used earthen plumbing pipes to provide transportable water and drain wastes. Some archeologists have even uncovered a part of a water plumbing system at the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. In addition, evidence of indoor plumbing has been found in Egyptian palaces dating back to 2,500 B.C.
– The toilet got its nicknames, “the John” and “the crapper” for a reason. The flushing toilet was invented by Sir John Harrington in 1596, which is where the nickname “the John” came from. You may have also heard the toilet called “the crapper”, shockingly enough, it isn’t just because someone is being funny, it is because of Thomas Crapper, who widely increased the popularity of in-home toilets.
– How you hang toilet paper comes down to science. You may have had this debate in your household once or twice, but according to studies, there is one way that is much more common for people to hang toilet paper. As we know, there are two ways you can hang toilet paper: over, with the loose end draped over the top, and under, with the loose end hanging inside next to the wall. If you are an under hanger, we are sorry to tell you that studies and science have found that you are incorrect. 3 out of 4 people hang over, and studies have found that hanging over, helps to prevent the spread of germs because you are only touching the top piece, the one that you are going to use.
– A leaky faucet can cost you. According to the EPA, a leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water per year. That’s the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers. They also found that the average household’s leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
– The bathroom is the largest consumer of indoor water in homes. While a leaky faucet, shower head, etc. can add up your water usage over time, nothing uses more water in your bathroom than the toilet. The toilet accounts for 25% to 40% of all household water usage. According to studies, at least 3 years of your life is spent in this room, making the high water usage in this room, not surprising.
– Cell phones are commonly flushed down toilets. You read that right. Cell phones are one of the most common items that people accidentally drop and then flush the toilet. Studies have found that 1 in 5 people have dropped their phones in their toilet and watched it flush away. If you have your phone in the bathroom with you, make sure it is not in a pocket ready to fall out.
We could keep going and going with these plumbing facts you probably didn’t know, but we will stop here for today. Hopefully some of these facts gave you something to talk about at your next gathering, or at least a reason to make sure your toilet paper is going the “right” way.
At Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC, we are passionate about plumbing and here to help with all of your Western New York plumbing needs. We’re a full-service plumbing team. This means our friendly, professional plumbers can fix any plumbing problem in your home. Broken water heater? Leaking pipe? Clogged drain? We handle it all.