While many people take it for granted, plumbing has been a critically important profession since the time of the ancient Egyptians. You may not give your home’s pipes a second thought until something goes wrong, but there are a lot of interesting plumbing facts that you probably didn’t know. The Santa Rosa professionals with Ben Franklin Bay Area Plumbing would like to share some of the best ones we’ve found. As always, if you ever have any sort of repair or maintenance needs, we have the experience needed to make sure your job is done right the first time.
Albert Einstein was quoted in 1954 as saying he would have joined the plumbing profession if he had it all to do over again. While that’s obviously flattering to those of us who are plumbers, the world is probably a lot better off for him choosing the line of work that he did.
They Used What?
Toilet paper hasn’t been around forever, of course. Before it was invented, people had to, um, use whatever was at their disposal. These included leaves, mussel shells, corncobs and a stick with a sponge on the end. Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.
That’s a Lot of Pipe
Copper piping is obviously popular, seeing how in excess of 25 billion feet of the material has been used in the U.S. in the last 5o years. In theory, that amount of copper could circle the earth 200 times. The Egyptians started using copper for their pipes in 2500 B.C.
News You Can Use
If you have a leaking faucet, it’s in your best interests to get it fixed as quickly as possible. A drip that can fill an 8-ounce glass in 15 minutes wasted more than 2,100 gallons of water each year. That adds up to a lot of money spent on your water bill over the long term.
If you ever have any sort of issue with the plumbing in your home or business, call Ben Franklin Bay Area Plumbing at 707-545-2579 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. If you have any other plumbing tidbits you’d like to share, click one of the social media icons on this page.
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