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Fascinating Plumbing Facts You Need to Know

There are many facts that aren’t known about blocked shower drains and the transport and storage of water through pipes.

Every plumber will tell you that plumbing isn’t just about fixing Perth’s blocked drains and toilets.

Fremantle Plumbing is committed to offering our clients high-quality services at an affordable price. We can help you with any of your needs, including drainpipe repairs, toilet or tap replacements, or blocked drains in Perth.

We also like to keep our clients informed about different plumbing-related pieces of information. So here are some facts about plumbing:


First Flushing Toilet

In Crete, in 1500 BC, King Minus’ palace was home to the first flushing toilet. Flush toilets remained in use until the fall and destruction of the Roman Empire, which caused the technology to be lost for many years.


The John  

Ever wondered why the toilet is called “the John”? Well, the nickname comes from the inventor John Harrington, who invented the flushing marketing this system and made it so popular, and that’s another reason why the toilet is also called “the crapper.”


Years Flushed Down the Toilet

Every human being on the planet requires the bathroom daily. So, what is the average time we spend in the bathroom? It is believed that the average person will spend three years sitting on the toilet. We hope you brought a good book.


The Pipes

Copper piping is the main material used for indoor plumbing. It is the main material used to make most of the pipes in our homes. It seems that the ancient Egyptians knew what they were doing from the start. Plumbing has made great strides since the dark ages. Many of the methods and materials that were invented by our ancient ancestors are still in use today.


Manhole Covers

Manhole covers are deliberately designed to be round so they won’t fall through the hole when turned sideways. Nobody wants to have to go through the sewers looking for a cover.


Spent Water

A tap that drips two times per minute could waste up to 261 litres of water each year. A tap that drips once every two seconds will waste a staggering 3940 litres per year.

An older toilet may use up to 11 litres per flush, whereas a modern toilet uses only 3.7 litres. 

Running the tap while brushing your teeth can waste up to 15 litres of water.

Altogether, around 95% of the water that we use in our homes ends up down the drain.


Pipe Insulation Saves Water

Insulating your pipes will save water and reduce the time it takes for your water heater to heat up. This will reduce heat loss as water flows from the heater to the faucet.



There are two types of plungers in plumbing: a toilet plunger and one that can be used to unblock the sink. To unblock the toilet, the toilet plunger’s narrow bottom fits into the bowl. The shower/sink plunger, on the other hand, is flat. It is important to choose the correct type of plunger to resolve the problem.


Indoor Plumbing

The Tremont Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, was the first American hotel to have indoor plumbing in 1829. However, archaeologists have discovered evidence that indoor plumbing was present in Egypt as far back as 2500 B.C.


First Sprinkler System

Henry Par invented the first sprinkler system in 1864 to protect his piano factory in America from fire. Although he patented the idea, he failed to sell many systems in his day. However, today, every retail location has a sprinkler system.


The Ballcock

Have you ever wondered what the floating mechanism inside your toilet’s water tank is called? It’s called a “ballcock” and it regulates the flow of water into your toilet.


Most Well-Known Plumber

Mario, the character in Nintendo’s Mario Brothers videogame, is the most famous plumber. He went on to become Super Mario and was a prominent character in more than 200 video-games over the years.


Over or Under?

Did you know that more than $100,000 was spent on a study in order to find out whether people place their toilet paper on the holder with the flap in front or behind? The result was that three out of four people have the flap at the front.


The “Bathroom”

Many names have been given to the “Bathroom” in different places. Here are some of our favourites: The Egyptians called it the “House of Horror” and the Romans the “Necessarium,” for obvious reasons. For a time, the Tudors ruled England. They called the bathroom the “privy” or the “house of privacy”. It is called “La Chambre Sent” in France, which means “the smelly house.” This is self-explanatory. The bathroom is the house of honour in Israel, which is the most confusing.


Hire Professionals You Can Trust

It is one thing to know the history of plumbing. But knowledge about modern plumbing is another. If you are looking for the best plumbing services in Perth, it is important to choose a plumber who has a solid knowledge of the plumbing industry. Different plumbers can cover different services. Some plumbers will simply clean out cutters, unblock toilets, and clear blocked drains in Perth. But others offer more comprehensive services. Take our team at Fremantle Plumbing, for example. We offer affordable plumbing services in Perth with an expert touch. We offer a range of services, including sewer and drain cleaning, blocked shower drains, leaking taps and roofs, and general pipe leaks. You can rest assured that when you hire Fremantle Plumbing, you are hiring the best.

We don’t believe in second-best, and neither should you when you are looking to hire a plumber. Look at our website to see what we have to offer. We offer a 24-hour emergency plumbing service. This means that we are here to assist you at any time of the day or night if you are struck with a plumbing emergency. Get in touch today.


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