10/30/2019 11:32 AM

5 Fun Facts About Plumbing

What would we do without the modern convenience of indoor plumbing? It is truly one of the greatest inventions ever. Running water, flushing toilets and efficient indoor appliances have made our society grateful and has made everyday living much, much easier.

We understand plumbing isn’t the most entertaining subject, but it’s actually really important to have some knowledge on this topic. Here are five fun facts about plumbing Omaha you may not have known:

1 - The word “plumbing” is derived from the Latin word plumbum, meaning "lead." On the periodic table, lead is denoted as Pb. You can guess that this all stems from the fact that lead was used as the material of choice for pipes in the earliest Roman plumbing projects.

2 - The first patent for a flushing toilet went to Alexander Cummings in 1775! This was a welcome invention, no doubt. But the REAL inventor had actually succeeded far earlier... In 1596 it was John Harrington who first designed the flushing apparatus, and this is why it is often referred to as a "John."

3 - Leaky faucets that drip one drop per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water a year! That is enough water to provide over 180 showers. Don't let this go unattended. Be sure to call your favorite Dubuque plumbers at ServiceOne right away. Whether it's faulty gaskets or something more serious, our trained crew can stop the leaks and prevent water waste.

4 - Manhole covers are round so they don't fall through the opening. A round cover cannot slide through its circular opening, but a square one could if it slides through diagonally. Round designs are much easier to fit and align quickly, and can also be moved smoothly with a rolling maneuver.

5 - The Tremont Hotel in Boston was the first hotel in the U.S. to offer indoor plumbing for its clientele. This happened in 1829, and was a huge hit. The running sinks, indoor toilets, guestroom baths, and free soap were seen as the height of luxury.

Having plumbing problems is an unfortunate part of life. It’s bound to happen and you should know what to do. If you have been noticing that your faucet water hasn’t been coming out like you're used, it’s most likely your plumbing. There a number of reasons this can happen, it can be because of a pipe that has been leaking, broken, corroded or worn. One of the best ways to minimize damage is to have regular maintenance on your home’s plumbing Omaha. 

If your water is constantly running  that means most likely so is the extra money you saved up. Let’s clarify what exactly this means, a leaky faucet can waste on average about 10 to 20 gallons of water per day. And if you total that up, it's about 100 gallons a week! That’s correct, you are paying for all that unused water. If this goes unfixed, it can deteriorate your entire sink bowl which you will need to replace. Stop wasting water and your money, call the professionals today! 

Be grateful for plumbing advancements through the decades and centuries, and keep your home's plumbing Omaha in proper working order with a little help from your friends at ServiceOne. Call with questions, concerns, or appointment details at your convenience.


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