15 Surprising Plumbing Facts

Being a 24/7 plumbing service means that we have seen and dealt with it all! From emergency leaks on the Fourth of July to backflow testing repair first thing in the morning. With all this experience, we have gained some bizarre plumbing knowledge along the way.

Here’s a few plumbing facts we’ve learned over the years…

Ancient plumbing and waste removal

Plumbing Fact #1

Plumbing is not as recent of a concept as you may think! In fact, there are rudimentary examples of plumbing from as early as 2700 BC. Ancient civilizations including the Greeks and Romans used earthen plumbing pipes to provide potable water and assist with wastewater removal.

Source: wikipedia.org

Plumbing Fact #2

It is speculated that a contributing factor of the Roman Empire falling could be in part to their use of lead pipes.

Source: arstechnica.com

Plumbing Fact #3

Nearly 3000 years ago, the fabled King Minos of Crete possessed the first flushing water closet. It even had a wooden seat! Lost for centuries in the rubble of the palace ruins, the invention did not materialize again until 1594, at which time John Harington decided to modernize the idea for himself.

Source: theplumber.com

First to use flushable toilet, Queen Elizabeth I

Plumbing Fact #4

The first modern flushable toilet was created in 1599 by Sir John Harington for his godmother Queen Elizabeth I.

Source: thevintagenews.com

First flush bowl patent

Plumbing Fact #5

While flushable toilets had been around for 100’s of years, the first patent granted for a flush bowl was not given until 1775 to English inventor, Alexander Cumming.

Source: history.com

Plumbing Fact #6

Albert Einstein once said that if he were to be a young man again, he would choose to be a plumber rather than a scientist.

Source: ias.edu

Plumbing Fact #7

On average, men will spend 2 years and 125 days of their lives in the bathroom, whereas Women spend an average of 2 years and 40 days in the bathroom.

Source: infographicsarchive.com

Plumbing Fact #8

Our favorite plumbers, Mario and Luigi, were originally created to be carpenters, but later Nintendo changed their professions because the virtual fellas spent so much time underground in the video game!

Source: techraptor.net

Died while on toilet, King George II

Plumbing Fact #9

King George II of Great Britain died while on the toilet.

Source: wikipedia.org

Plumbing Fact #10

Before becoming the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne was a plumbing apprentice.

Source: wikipedia.org

Plumbing Fact #11

Lightning has traveled through plumbing before due to metal pipes being excellent conductors.

Source: nytimes.com

Plumbing Fact #12

Despite what many people believe, toilet water does not actually drain in the opposite direction in the Southern Hemisphere.

Source: washingtonpost.com

The word Plumbing is derived from Latin word Plumbum

Plumbing Fact #13

The word “Plumbing” is derived from the Latin word plumbum which means lead.

Source: dictionary.com

First hotel with indoor plumbing

Plumbing Fact #14

The Tremont Hotel in Boston was the first hotel to have indoor plumbing in 1829.

Source: bostonmagazine.com

Plumbing Fact #15

Manhole covers are circular so that they can’t fall through the hole if they flip sideways.

Source: mentalfloss.com

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