12 Plumbing Facts and Tips

  1. Did you know that indoor plumbing has been with humans since long before 1829 when the Tremont Hotel in Boston became the first hotel in the country to have indoor plumbing?
  2. Archeologists have uncovered a part of a water plumbing system at the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. Also, evidence of indoor plumbing has been found in Egyptian palaces dating back to 2500 B.C.In fact, copper piping, the primary material used today in plumbing, also was used by the Egyptians to lay their own pipes.
  3. Albert Einstein is reported to have said that if he had to do it all over again, he’d become a plumber. As a result of this remark, the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union in Washington, DC, made him an honorary member and a New York plumbers’ local gave him a set of gold-plated plumbers’ tools.
  4. Queen Elizabeth, also enjoyed the benefit of a flushing toilet: her godson, Sir John Harrington, built one for her in 1596 and it’s believed that the U.S. nickname for it, “the john,” comes from him.
  5. The first-ever patent for a flushing toilet was issued to Alexander Cummings in 1775.
  6. If you install a low-flush toilet and you can save up to 18,000 gallons of water a year!
  7. Set your hot water heater to no hotter than 125 degrees F. Why? Because it takes water at a temperature of 140 degrees F just seconds to burn your skin. Water at 160 degrees will scald you in just half a second.
  8. How long do we spend on the toilet? The average person is purported to spend a total of three years over a lifetime.
  9. Flushing the toilet consumes about 38 percent of the average U.S. household’s water usage.
  10. Have a drippy faucet? Think it’s doesn’t mean much? Think again: if that leaky faucet could fill an eight-ounce glass in 15 minutes, it will waste 180 gallons of water a month (2,160 gallons a year).
  11. The “bathroom,” has had many different terms and names throughout human history and throughout different cultures. The Egyptians reportedly called it the “house of horror.” It was called the “necessarium” by the Romans. Tudor England referred to it as the “privy” or “house of privacy,” while the French have been known to refer to it as la chamber sent (“smelly house”).
  12. A typical American home wastes more than 9,000 gallons of water running the faucet while waiting for the water to heat, which means that as much as 15 percent of your annual heating costs are wasted while you heat that extra 9,000 gallons.