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More Fun Plumbing Facts

Awhile back, we shared some Fun Plumbing Facts with you. It’s time for another round!

  • Plumbing has been around for a long time! As early as 3000 BC, the inhabitants of the Indus River Valley were using clay pipes for both fresh water and waste water.
  • John Harrington invented the flushing toilet back in 1596. This is why the toilet is sometimes referred to as “the John.”
  • The Latin word for lead is plumbum, which is where the modern word plumber comes from.
  • An average family uses the faucet 70 times per day!
  • Albert Einstein was an honorary member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union after he stated he would be a plumber if he could start his life again.
  • There are more toilet flushes during the halftime of the Super Bowl than at any other time during the year.
  • The average person spends over three years on the toilet during their lifetime.
  • More than 28 billion feet of copper piping have been installed in the U.S. since 1963. That’s enough to wrap around the Earth 200 times!
  • The first faucet ball valve was designed in the 1940’s, mixing hot and cold water in the same tap. It was further developed in the 1950’s as the Delta Faucet and began the Delta Faucet Company.

We hope you enjoyed these plumbing facts and maybe even learned a little! If your pipes need help, be sure to call A&W Plumbing!

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