Fun plumbing facts and trivia. We’ve heard the jokes and have seen the cartoons regarding plumbers. The plumbers “crack” is probably the leader of all the plumbing jokes and cartoons. I’ve seen some pretty hilarious cartoons regarding the plumber’s crack. There are also some pretty cool facts and myths regarding your plumbing, plumbing systems and water conservation.
How Water Swirls
Let’s start with the myth of swirling around Southern California. Have you ever heard that water swirls clockwise in the Southern hemisphere? Sorry, if you fed into that myth. The force in which the water flows down your toilet is by design and the plumbing itself.
Don’t Flush Goldie Alive
Here are more plumbing facts and trivia. Is it ever OK to flush your goldfish down the toilet? Only if the fish is dead do you flush it down the toilet. Most of us remember bringing goldfish home from the county fair just to see it floating upside down the next day. But, in spite of our memory of goldfish being short-lived, they are from the carp family of fish and are considered quite hearty. Goldfish have been known to make it into our ecosystem, becoming very large and can inflict damage in our lakes and streams.
One TRILLION In Water Waste…More Plumbing Facts
Plumbing fact or fiction? The annual water wasted in the United States due to leaks is ONE TRILLION gallons every year. Factual statement according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program. According to them, “The average household’s leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.” We have the plumbing facts at Big B’s Plumbing.
Can Rats Swim?
Can rats swim up your toilet? Sounds crazy but the answer is yes. If you need to see it to believe it, see this National Geographic video. In addition to being great swimmers, rats are capable of holding their breath for three minutes, and they can tread water for up to three hours.
Who Is Thomas Crapper?
Did Thomas Crapper invent the toilet? As much as we might want Thomas Crapper to have invented the toilet, he did not. He did have a considerable impact on manufacturing, design, and the promotion of bathroom products during the late 1800’s through early 1900’s. Mr. Crapper was the founder of Thomas Crapper & Co and owned the first toilet, bath and sink showroom. He pass away in 1910 but his showroom lasted until 1966. John Harington invented the flushing toilet in 1596.