Five Fun Facts About Plumbing. Really. It’s Not All as Dull as Dishwater.

Regular plumbing maintenance and repair is vital to ensuring that you and your family can live comfortably in your home. But as a subject, it’s pretty boring. Turn right? wrong. the people at Victoria Plum have blessed us with some fun facts about this field and specialized skills; and it’s not all as boring as dishwater. Make use of the facts below and soon you will be telling all your friends about your plumbing knowledge.

Five fun facts about plumbing.  Really.

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1. Way back to 3000 BC. Historians have traced the beginnings of plumbing to the 3rd millennium BC. We are talking about the Early to Middle Bronze Age here. When the ancient Sumerians were among the first to make tools and weapons during this prehistoric period, a form of plumbing was also invented. Archaeologists consider this era as the ‘Indus Valley Civilization’ and it is believed that the plumbers’ owners at the time have descendants in northern India and Pakistan.

What’s fascinating is that this was a time of at least a thousand years before the pyramids of Giza came into being. Humanity had some form of a proto-sanitary system long before any of the world’s “advanced” ancient civilizations stamped their greatest feats in history.

2. Modern sanitary facilities were a bit late: Modern sanitation began to see amazing innovations in the 16th century. In this remarkable part of the said century, John Harrington invented what was then, and until now, known as the ‘flush the toilet‘. Another reason why a popularly accepted pseudonym of the flushing toilet is “the John” has to do with the inventor’s name.

3. Pipe Insulation Works: Are you all too familiar with turning on the tap and wasting running water until it reaches the warm temperature you prefer for your bath? You can prevent heat loss and water wastage by insulating your home’s plumbing. Pipe insulation is generally used during freezing temperatures. However, you can also rely on it in cold weather. Pipes are in principle ‘wrapped’ to prevent them from becoming cold and/or frozen.

This makes the water that flows through it less cold. Waiting for the tap water to heat up takes less time if your house has insulated pipes.

Five fun facts about plumbing.  Really.

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4. Toilet Flushing Is One Of A Household Water WasteSource: Did you know that flush toilets are among the appliances and appliances in your household that waste the most water? This is not to say that you should stop rinsing. Oh no no. But there is a practical solution to this problem. Instead of making it yourself, call your plumber and have the toilet flusher inspected.

If it uses too much H20 than is needed per flush, they can set up a rig that acts as a stop. In this way the water will no longer flow unnecessarily after the flushing mechanism has already taken place.

5. Dripping Faucets Wastewater More Than You Know: You may think that dripping faucets don’t need to be repaired. But according to studies, left unattended, dripping faucets waste about 8 ounces of water every 15 minutes. To put that in perspective, that’s 768 ounces (six gallons) of water lost every 24 hours. Therefore, it is recommended that you contact your plumber to check for leaking faucets in your home as soon as possible.

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