Fun Facts About Plumbing

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50 Fun Facts About PlumbingSince the beginning of civilization, we have relied on plumbing and drainage in some form or another to have cleaner more sanitary living. We wouldn’t even have access to clean drinking water without it! Needless to say, without proper plumbing, life would not be what it is today. Here are 50 facts about plumbing to help you learn more about plumbing and how it pertains to your everyday life.  (You won’t believe #18!)

50 Helpful Plumbing Facts You Might Not Have Known

  1. The word “plumber” comes from the Latin word “plumbum” which translates to “lead”.
  2. People who worked with lead were called Plumbarius.
  3. Standardized plumbing can be traced back to around 3,000 B.C.
  4. The earliest plumbing pipe was made of baked clay and straw.
  5. Lead water pipes were still widely used in the early 20th century and remain in many households.
  6. Water systems in ancient times relied mostly on gravity for their supply of water, using pipes or channels usually made of clay, lead, bamboo, wood, or stone.
  7. The Egyptians were the ones who made the first copper pipes.
  8. The Romans used lead pipe inscriptions to prevent water theft.
  9. Water Theft is the illegal tapping of public water systems.
  10. Logs were used for water distribution in England close to 500 years ago.
  11. If you wanted a hot bath before 1870, you were probably starting a fire under the tub.
  12. Today, most plumbing supply pipe is made from steel, copper, and plastic.
  13. Most large cities will pipe solid wastes to sewage treatment plants in order to separate and partially purify the water, before emptying into streams or other bodies of water.
  14. Sewage is wastewater produced by a community of people.
  15. The infrastructure that conveys sewage or surface runoff using sewers is called sewerage.
  16. Galvanized iron piping was commonly used for potable water in the United States from the late 1800s until around 1960.
  17. Copper replaced lead as a heightened awareness of lead poisoning that came about after World War II.
  18. In Egypt, they referred to the bathroom as the “house of horror”.
  19. Israelis call the bathroom the “house of honor”.
  20. Romans called it the “necessarium”.
  21. French people call it “the smelly house” or “La Chambre Sent”.
  22. Until 1840, indoor plumbing could be found only in the homes of the rich and the better hotels.
  23. In 1829, the Tremont Hotel of Boston became the first hotel to have indoor plumbing.
  24. Thomas Crapper owned the world’s first bathroom and toilet showroom in Chelsea, England.
  25. The world’s first flushing toilet was invented by John Harrington in 1596.
  26. In 1939, Al Moen invented the single-handle faucet that can control hot and cold water in just one turn.
  27. King George II of Great Britain died while falling from a toilet.
  28. Ozzy Osbourne was a Plumbing apprentice before making his name in music.
  29. A human can survive weeks without food but only days without water.
  30. Agriculture accounts for approximately 80% of the world’s water use.
  31. An average person drinks 75,000 liters of water in their lifetime.
  32. The average person will spend approximately 3 years of their life on the toilet.
  33. 70% of the earth’s surface is made up of water.
  34. Half of the world’s fresh water can be found in 6 countries.
  35. Over one billion people live without safe, fresh drinking water.
  36. NASA had to design a toilet so that the waste didn’t float in the zero gravity.
  37. 90% of all pharmaceuticals are excreted through your urine and then enter the sewer system and waterways.
  38. 95% of the water entering our homes goes down the drain.
  39. 85% of the world’s population lives in the driest part of the planet.
  40. Each day the sun evaporates a trillion tons of water.
  41. The average person uses 76 liters of hot water per day.
  42. It takes twice as much water to produce coffee then tea.
  43. Showering uses less water than baths on average.
  44. You can install low-flow showerheads to conserve more water.
  45. Washing two separate half-loads of laundry uses twice as much water then washing them all together at once.
  46. A tankless hot water heater will only heat water that you use, saving you money!
  47. You should have a plumber check your house for plumbing leaks at least twice a year.
  48. Pipe insulation helps to lower heat loss and can also save you money.
  49. A single leaky faucet in your home can waste more than 20 gallons of water every day.
  50. Creekside Plumbing is the best plumber to call when you have any plumbing problems!


We hope these facts caught your interest and you learned something cool about plumbing! Remember us when your have a plumbing emergency in your home. Creekside Plumbing & Construction will always put a smile back on your face when you see how fast we can solve your problem and keep your home clean at the same time. Don’t forget to check back often and see what else you can learn about the ever-important industry of plumbing that is all too often overlooked. As the back-bone of the community, we pride ourselves in having extensive knowledge and experience in all things plumbing. We look forward to helping you with any of your residential and commercial plumbing needs.




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