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Fun Plumbing Facts

Updated: Mar 17, 2020

  1. One drip per second from a leaky faucet can waste over 8 gallons of water a day. That adds up to 3,000 gallons per year.

  2. Toilets use from 25% to 40% of the homes water consumption.

  3. The word “plumber” comes from the Latin word for lead – plumbum

  4. Mario, of the Mario Brothers video game, is the most famous and recognizable plumber in the world.

  5. The toilet is often called “the john” after Sir John Herrington who invented the first flushable toilet in 1596.

  6. In 1880, Thomas Crapper improved the design of toilets with a syphon system.

  7. It is thought the first showers were used by Greek athletes with piped water in the stadium around 300 B.C.

  8. 3 out or 4 people prefer their toilet tissue to un-roll from the top as opposed to under.

  9. In 1883 a patent was granted for perforated toilet tissue rolled on cardboard tubes.

  10. A toilet plunger has a narrow bottom to fit the toilet bowl drain; a sink or shower plunger has a flat bottom.

  11. Did you know that President Clinton passed toilet paper tax in 1996?

  12. During the Desert Storm War, the military used toilet paper to help camouflage their tanks in Saudi Arabia.

  13. A standard sheet of toilet tissues measures 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches.

  14. The folks at Charmin, a popular brand of toilet tissue, estimate that the average consumer uses 57 sheets of TP per day!

  15. A pumice bar can remove mineral build-up on toilets and porcelain steel sinks or tubs.

  16. Tomato seeds can go through the human digestive system, sewer system, waste-water treatment plant and still germinate!

  17. The least used and therefore cleanest toilet in a public restroom is the first stall.

  18. The toilet seat has fewer germs than the bathroom floor.

  19. A gallon of water weighs 8.33 pounds.

  20. A dairy cow drinks 4 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of milk.

  21. The toilet is often called “the john” after Sir John Herrington who invented the first flushable toilet in 1596.

  22. Sir Thomas Crapper patented several toilet design improvements in the 1880s.

  23. The average roll of toilet paper weighs just over half a pound.

  24. 80% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water but only 1% is drinkable.

  25. 97% of the Earth’s water is found in oceans and seas.

  26. The human body is 66% water.

  27. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your plumbing needs or if you have a plumbing emergency, remember your experts at Drain Doctor are available 24/7 for all your service needs.

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