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Fun Plumbing Facts!

We use plumbing every single day, oftentimes in more way than one. Despite the importance and prominence of modern plumbing in our lives, many people don't know very much about it.Shakley Mechanical strives to educate our clients on plumbing, how it works, and the best ways to care for your residential and commercial plumbing. Are you interested in knowing more about your plumbing? If you answered yes, here are a few little known facts about modern plumbing.


1. If you have a leaky faucet that drips just twice an hour, in one week you will have wasted OVER one gallon of water.

2. There is a long time saying that if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, water will flow the opposite direction of here in the Northern Hemisphere. This is false! Water is free moving and can flow in either direction wherever it is in the world.

3. Standardized plumbing can be traced back to around 3,000 B.C. to the Indus River Valley civilizations.

4. The flushing toilet wasn't invented until 1596 by a man named John Harrington. His name is where toilets get the nickname "The John."

5. The word plumber has Latin origins in the word plumbum which means lead.

6. There are actually two types of plungers! Shower and Toilet plungers. Toilet plungers are tapered at the bottom to fit into the hole of the bowl, while shower plungers are flat to cover the drain.

7. Ever popular characters Mario and Luigi from the Super Mario Brothers series are both plumbers. They are the most famous plumbers to date.

8. Albert Einstein was named an honorary member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union after stating that he would have chosen to be a plumber if he had to do life all over again.

9. The oldest known still standing toilet is over two thousand years old, and located in China.

10. The Tremont Hotel in Boston was the first hotel in the United States to have indoor plumbing. Plumbing was installed in 1829.

Caring for your plumbing isn't hard, but there are lots of things to know about your home or business plumbing needs. Shakley Mechanical makes it easy for you though. You can relax knowing your plumbing will be taken care of with our industry-leading team of plumbers.

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