Interesting Plumbing Facts

Interesting Plumbing factsThere can be various stories and misconceptions within the plumbing industry here are just a few interesting plumbing facts and stories to amaze and amuse.

  • Thomas Crapper did not invent the flush toilet. Though a lot of people associate him with the invention it was actually invented by John Harrington in 1596. The first flush toilet was patented by George Jennings in 1852. Crapper himself did try to provide the impression that he was the creator of the siphonic flush toilet and actually filed a number of patents(though this attribute goes to Albert Giblin). Crapper was a plumber for the royalty starting with Edward VII in the 1880’s.
  • The most famous member of the steam fitters and plumbers union though an honorary one was Albert Einstein. Einstein was once famously quoted as saying “If I could do it all again I would be a plumber”.
  • Copper piping is not a recent development in plumbing. Although it is the most commonly used type of piping used today it is exactly the same material that the Egyptians were using over 3,000 years ago.
  • There isn’t a water shortage on the Earth. If all the water is taken in to account there is in the region of 330 million trillion gallons. On a breakdown though around 98% is in the oceans and as this has a high salt content it’s not drinkable. The next 1.55% is in ice caps and glaciers, the next .4% is found deep beneath the earths surface. This leaves us around 0.05% of potable water for human consumption.
  • Approximately €90,ooo ($100,000 U.S. dollars) was spent on a study to see if when people changed their toilet roll they placed the new flap of paper at the front or the back. Only in America! Do we care? Well if you do 3 out of 4 people make sure the flap is at the front.
  • In 1760 the reigning British monarch George the second died by falling off the toilet.
  • During the Vietnam war the American president Richard Nixon set up a covert intelligence group to prevent intelligence leaks, they were known as “plumbers”.
  • It is a general estimate that the average person visits the lavatory between 6 and 8 times a day. This means that the average person spends around 3 years of their lifetime using the toilet. Our tip keep a good book in the bathroom.

Interesting plumbing facts




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Assisting you with plumbing jargon

We understand that most of the population aren't plumbers. Therefore below are a number of terms or parts that you may not be familiar with. We will give you a basic description but please click the title if you need a more detailed view.

What is Power Flushing?

This is where your heating system is drained down and fully cleaned. Over time sludge can build up causing it to affect the performance of your system. The sludge can cause cold spots in the radiators. It can also clog up the heat exchanger in your boiler which invariably over time can cause the exchanger to fail

What is a Heat Exchanger?

A heat exchanger will as a rule be located above the burner on a standard boiler. Once the boiler ignites the exchanger will quickly heat the water that is pumped through and on in to the pipework around the central heating system. A combi boiler has waht is known as a plate heat exchanger. It's job in the combi is to heat the water for your domestic water supply.

What is a stop valve or stopcock?

A stop valve or"stop cock" Is the main on/off valve that connects the mains water supply to your property. It is important that you know the location. If for example you had a burst pipe you would immediately need to turn the stop valve off. The stop valve can often be located in the kitchen. If so it is likely it could be under the sink. In some properties it will be found in a cupboard near the sink or in a hallway in a cupboard.Normally there is a main stopcock around the perimeter boundary of a property, it may be on the road. Be careful when turning this one off though as it can have a number of houses being supplied water from this.
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