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10 Amazing Plumbing Facts

1. In 1829 the Tremont Hotel in Boston was the U.S.' first hotel to use indoor plumbing.

2. Archeologists have uncovered a part of a water plumbing system at the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. In addition, evidence of indoor plumbing has been found in Egyptian palaces dating back to 2500 B.C.

3. Copper piping – a common material used today in plumbing – was also used by the Egyptians to lay their own pipes.

4. The toilet is flushed more times during the Super Bowl halftime than any other time during the year.

5. Albert Einstein is reported to have said that if he had to do it all over again, he’d become a plumber. Now that really puts the "Smart" in "Smart Plumbers"!

6. The “bathroom,” has had many different terms and names throughout human history and throughout different cultures. The Egyptians reportedly called it the “house of horror.” It was called the “necessarium” by the Romans. Tudor England referred to it as the “privy” or “house of privacy,” while the French have been known to refer to it as la chamber sent (“smelly house”).

7. How long do we spend on the toilet? The average person is purported to spend a total of three years over a lifetime.

8. Flushing the toilet consumes about 38 percent of the average U.S. household’s water usage.

9. A typical American home wastes more than 9,000 gallons of water running the faucet while waiting for the water to heat, which means that as much as 15 percent of your annual heating costs are wasted while you heat that extra 9,000 gallons.

10. Got a drippy faucet? Think it’s doesn’t mean much? Think again: if that leaky faucet could fill an eight-ounce glass in 15 minutes, it will waste 180 gallons of water a month (2,160 gallons a year).

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