13 Facts You Probably Never Knew About Plumbing

Posted on September 21st, 2016 by BlueMountain

Plumbing is serious work, but  that doesn’t mean there aren’t some funny and interesting facts in the industry. While we like to keep you well informed, we also like to throw a few curve balls every now and again – so here are 13 fast facts for your enjoyment!

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1. Did you know that more than 9,000 gallons of water are wasted while running the faucet?

2. For the average American, toilet flushing takes up to 38 percent of all water use in the home.

3. Copper piping was the first material used for plumbing work.

4. 3,000 years ago, Egyptians used to lay down their own copper piping.

5. The word “plumbing” originates from the latin word “plumbum”, which means lead.

6. Albert Einstein says if he were to start his life over again, he would be a plumber! That is why Einstein was made an honorary member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union.

7. In Japan, some urinals have a voice-activated flushing mechanism that responds to several commands.

8. Ancient names for “bathroom” include “The House of Honor” and “Necessarium”.

9. Mario and Luigi are considered the world’s most famous plumbers (next to Blue Mountain Service, of course!).

10. Sir John Harrington invented the flushable toilet in 1596, which gives us the term “the John”.

11. The toilet is flushed more times during the Super Bowl halftime than any other time during the year.

12. If 1 drip from your faucet fills an 8 ounce glass in 5 minutes, it will waste over 2,000 gallons of water per year.

13. Since 1963, more than 28 billion feet of copper plumbing tube has been installed in U.S. buildings.

At Blue Mountain Plumbing Heating and Cooling, we are dedicated to helping you with all of your plumbing issues and more. We proudly serve Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, and Staunton, Virginia. Call 877-280-5777 for all of your plumbing needs today.


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