10 Plumbing Facts You Probably Never Knew

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At Logical Heating and Plumbing Solutions, we’ve got you covered from basic clogged pipes to power flushing. For fun, check out these interesting 10 plumbing facts You Probably Never Knew:

  1. Standardized plumbing can be traced back to around 3,000 B.C. when the Indus River Valley civilization used earthen plumbing pipes to provide transportable water and drain wastes.
  2. King George II died on the toilet in 1760. The cause of death was an aortic dissection. He gashed his head as he fell from the throne.
  3. The word “plumber” dates all the way back to the Roman Empire. In Rome, pipes were originally made from lead, which is “plumbum” in Latin. People who worked with lead were called Plumbarius, which was eventually shortened to the word we use today.
  4. Ever hear the myth that when you flush a toilet in the Southern Hemisphere, the water flows the opposite direction? It’s not true. It’s possible for the water to flow either direction in either hemisphere.
  5. The “Bathroom” has been named many different things in many different places.  Here are a few of my favorite ones: The Egyptians named it the House of Horror, the Romans named it the Necessarium for obvious reasons.  The Tudors who ruled England for a period of time called the bathroom the privy or house of privacy.  People of France call it “La Chambre Sent” meaning the smelly house, self-explanatory of course.  Israelis call the bathroom the house of honor, this one confuses us the most.
  6. At 140 degrees, it takes five seconds for water to burn skin. At 160 degrees, it takes only half of a second. Your water heater should be set to no hotter than 120 degrees.
  7. Thomas Crapper did not invent the flushing toilet. He was an innovator in plumbing, as well as an important plumber’s merchant, who owned the world’s first bathroom and toilet showroom in Chelsea, England. He, or his company, developed the ball cock and did much to make flushing toilets popular in Victorian London.
  8. The world’s first flushing toilet was invented by John Harrington in 1596. He was a Godson of queen Elizabeth I, who became a recipient of his invention. Only two were ever made.
  9. Totaled up, a person living a good average lifespan will spend around three solid years in the toilet. It is probably no surprise, therefore, that this is a fairly common place to discover deceased people.
  10. In 1939, Al Moen invented the single-handle faucet that can control hot and cold water in just one turn.

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