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Fun and Funky Plumbing Trivia

At Benicia Plumbing, Inc., we’ve been serving our clients at a high level since 1975 by providing complete plumbing services to businesses, industry, home builders, and homeowners throughout the northern California Bay Area. So, to say we’re dedicated to the plumbing trade and our customers is a major underestimate, to say the least. 

From all of us, here are some fun facts about plumbing, a subject we’re definitely very interested in:  

How Does Water Swirl?

The force in which the water flows down your toilet is by design and the plumbing itself.

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.” 

Who invented the modern toilet?

The flush toilet we use today came from a variety of inventions throughout history. In 1596, Sir John Harington invented a design that had a flush valve to let water out of the tank and wash-down design to empty out the bowl. In the 1880s, Thomas Crapper’s plumbing company built flush toilets and received a royal warrant. He popularized the siphon system for emptying the tank and replaced the earlier floating valve system, which was prone to leaks.

Who invented the shower?

While rudimentary showers can be found throughout India, Egypt and Mesopotamia, the first real shower was invented by the Greeks around roughly 300 B.C. Ancient Greek athletes would freshen up within the Stadiums using a piped-in water supply that would spray down through showerheads shaped like the faces lions, tigers and bears—oh my!

About Benicia Plumbing

When you do business with Benicia Plumbing, you can count accountability, punctuality, transparency and quality and that is our non-negotiable promise. From the first interaction through the successful completion of any project, you can be certain that Benicia Plumbing, Inc. will endeavor to do everything it can to make your experience the best it possibly can. You can also rest assured that Benicia Plumbing will always maintain the necessary licenses and insurance coverage required by the State of California, and when your job is completed, we will always leave the job site cleaner than when we got there.

Sources: HowSuffWorks and Wikipedia