When hearing the word “plumbing”, most people think that it must be pretty boring. It all has to do with leaks, clogs, and perhaps the most exciting it gets is a gas cooker installation. However, there are plenty of interesting facts that have to do with this world, which most people will find fascinating. Here are a few of those.
The Most Famous Plumbers
The most famous plumbers are none other than Mario and Luigi. Indeed, some may not have realized this, but they are both plumbers. Since they appeared in more than 200 video games, it is quite safe to say that they are by far the most famous ones out there.
Water Leaks Create A Lot of Waste
There are many things most people do to ensure that they don’t waste money, including ensuring that they turn off the lights, the TV, and pretty much anything else that may be leading to money being wasted. However, when it comes to leaks, not everyone realizes just how bad they can get. Indeed, over the span of one year, about 2,000 gallons of water go to waste due to a leak, which means that one will be paying money they could simply put to some other use. Not only this, but those who love the environment are probably feeling their heart sinking. That’s why fixing that leak as soon as possible is crucial.
The word “plumber” comes from the Latin “plumbum”, meaning lead. This may offer an explanation for those who were wondering why is it that the sign on the period table for lead is “Pb”.
Pipes Lose Heat
This may come as a surprise, but one may not be getting as much out of their hot water tank as they were hoping. Indeed, quite a bit of heat is lost through pipes. For those for whom this is news, the question “What can I do?” has probably popped in their head. Well, you can insulate those pipes, as this will reduce that loss of heat dramatically.
Plumbing Has Been Around a While
Most people have the impression that plumbing is something that’s relatively new to the world, but they are wrong. Indeed, plumbing has been around since 3,000 BC, when those living in the Indus River Valley used to use earthen plumbing to remove waste from their city.
Plungers Don’t Solve the Problem
If you’re dealing with a clogging issue, you’re likely to simply reach for the plunger, thinking that this is going to fix the problem. However, this is incredibly false. What a plunger does is that it simply pushes it further down. Now, it may loosen it up a bit, but it will certainly not fix it. Do you know what else won’t fix it? Using store bought chemicals, since those have a lot bigger chance of corroding the pipes than actually solving the issue. As such, hiring a plumber is the best choice here, since they will be able to fix the problem without causing any damages to the pipes. They will also be able to let you know if there are any bigger troubles at play there that should be dealt with.
Consider Slow Flushing Toilets
If you’re one of those people who hates the idea of wasting water, whether it’s because you don’t like wasting money, or you’re trying to be more environmentally friendly (or both!), you should consider installing slow flushing toilets. Indeed, this option can save as many as 18,000 gallons of water in a year, which is quite a lot.
There you have it! With these facts, you are probably looking at the world of plumbing with different eyes. Even if you’re not, it’s fun to know things about items we use on a regular basis, even though we may not realize it.