Plumbing issues are never fun to deal with, and you are probably not in the best mood each time you have to call a plumber. However, not everything about plumbing should be stressful and unpleasant! Here are 9 interesting facts about plumbing.
1. The word plumber comes from the Latin word plumbum
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The word plumber comes from the Latin word plumbum, which means “lead”. Why? Because the Romans used lead to make drain pipes, piping and bath tubs.
2. You might not always be using the right plunger
Toilet plungers have a narrow end, so they can fit into the toilet, while plungers that are meant to be used in sinks and showers are flat. Be sure you are using the right one!
3. The toilet as we know it was invented in 1596
The flush toilet was invented in 1596 in England, by John Harington. It only became popular in the late 19th century, in good part thanks to Thomas Crapper, who was a plumber.
4. We should be thankful for the invention of toilet paper
Toilet paper as we know it was invented in the 19th century. Before that, people used their hands, or items as varied as wool, seashells, wood shavings, sand, plant husks, or a sponge on a stick that was kept in a small bucket of vinegar.
5. The Egyptians used copper piping
Copper is the material that is primarily used to create plumbing pipes today. The Egyptians also used copper to build indoor plumbing in their palaces thousands of years ago.
6. We all spend a lot of time in the bathroom
The average person will spend 1.5 years in the bathroom during their lifetime, including about 92 days spent sitting on the toilet.
7. We often drop objects down the drain
We often drop objects down the drain and down the toilet. When that happens, most people will try to retrieve their lost objects by themselves, using a coat hanger or a toilet brush.
8. Saving water is easy
Installing a low-flush toilet can help you save around 18,000 gallons of water each year. Turning off the faucet while you are brushing your teeth can save around 12 gallons of water each time.
9. Albert Einstein would have liked to be a plumber
Albert Einstein once said that if he could be a young man again, he would rather choose to become a plumber than to become a scientist or a scholar.