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4 Fast Facts About Plumbing

The world is a big palace filled with strange curiosities and intriguing mysteries. Can an animal crawl through your plumbing? Does the toilet flush the opposite way in Australia?

We’ve answered these questions in past blogs, but today we’re going to share some lesser-known (and little thought of) facts about plumbing!

Plumbing Facts You Don’t Know

Plumbing has been a major part of global society for hundreds of years—but how much do you really know about plumbing?

Why Manhole Covers Are Round

Maybe you’ve never thought about it, but this query is also one of the toughest interview questions! Consider this: manhole covers can weigh up to 200 pounds! The circular design of manholes means there’s no wrong way to put the cover back on. If the shape were square, the cover could be rotated and dropped into the hole.

The Origin of “Plumber”

The term plumbing originates from ancient times. It’s derived from the Latin word plumbum, which means lead. Those with an interest in science may know that the element’s abbreviation on the periodic table is Pb—this is why!

Plunging the Leaks

The White House has its fair share of dirty secrets. During Nixon’s presidency, he established a special investigations unit, commonly referred to as the ‘White House Plumbers’, to stop the leak of information from classified sources. The unit was also called Nixon’s ‘fixers,’ and some operatives were involved in the Watergate break-in and scandal.

The Great Toilet Paper Debate

Do you replace your toilet paper rolls with the paper going over or under the roll? There’s been massive debate over this question in the past few years, and while science backs Team Over, there have been massive studies done on the topic—including one study that cost $100,000!

Whether they’re well-known or seldom thought of questions about plumbing, the professional plumbers at EJ Plumbing can answer. Contact our team for repairs, installation, and answers to all your plumbing needs! (650) 513-8852