The world needs plumbers. Each town needs at least one, if not several. Each country needs thousands of plumbers, excluding Montenegro of course. Plumbing is important.

We at Bears Family PHC are passionate about the plumbing work we do, the plumbing company we founded, and making sure that the good people of Northern Colorado are well taken care of by our HVAC and plumbing services. With our variety of services, affordable rates, and timely service, we are of the opinion that our success as a local plumber is no coincidence. We serve communities that don’t suffer poor quality. Over time, people can tell the difference between a plumber and/or HVAC company that is looking to make a quick buck as opposed to one that has the interests of their customers in mind. The former kind of business might survive — and even thrive — for a time, but over time, the cream will rise to the top. There is no replacement for excellent customer service combined with industry knowledge and experience.

The above is part of the reason we think you should consider Bears Family Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling if you are in need of plumber services, HVAC repair, or something of that nature. However, that’s not the main topic of conversation in today’s blog. Our post today, as the title has no doubt given away, is all about interesting facts regarding plumbers and plumbing in general. Part one of this two-part series saw us talk about how Einstein regretted not being a plumber, how ancient Egypt used copper pipes for indoor plumbing just like we do to this day, and how the word “plumber” is derived from a Latin word that means “lead.”

Have we whetted your whistle for some more plumbing facts? Keep reading!

Plumbing Facts, Continued…

  • You know that mechanism that controls the floating in your toilet’s water tank? It’s called a ballcock and it controls the flow of water. That is neat.
  • The flushing toilet was invented by none other than John Harrington — all the way back in 1596! That’s where the nickname, “The John,” comes from, in case you were wondering.
  • We call the toilet the “crapper” for similar reasons. Thomas Crapper made the flushing toilet much more popular than Mr. Harrington was able to, and as such the same phenomenon took place for Mr. Crapper.
  • Mr. Al Moen was the inventor of the single-handle faucet — you know, the one that controls both hot and cold water with just one turn? He did this in 1939, and we are forever thankful to him.
  • You’ll probably spend three years of your life on the toilet. Breaking that down, that’s over 1,000 days! And hey, if you are one of those people who uses their phones while on the John, maybe we should tack another year or two onto that figure.
  • Low flush toilets can save you a lot of water. In fact, just one toilet can save over 17,000 gallons of water each year!
  • King George II of Great Britain died in 1760 when he fell off the toilet. The official explanation was that he had passed from “overexertions on the privy.” Other notable people to have died on the toilet include Lenny Bruce, Don Simpson, Christopher Shale, Uesugi Kenshin, Catherine the Great, Evelyn Waugh, and Elvis Presley.
  • Here’s a slightly more useful fact for you: if you insulate your home’s pipes, you will reduce the amount of heat you lose as the water travels from your heater to the faucet. It’ll take less time waiting for it to warm up, which will in turn impact your energy bill.
  • Americans call it the “bathroom,” Canadians call it the “washroom,” and the Brits call it the “water closet” — but what other notable names are there for the restroom? According to lore, the Egyptians referred to the facilities as the “house of horror” while the Romans were a bit more refined in their vernacular, referring to the same location as the “necessarium.” The French have been known to call it the “smelly house” and old Tudor England it the “privy” or “house of privacy.” We’ll stick with “The John,” thank you very much!
  • The average American wastes over 9,000 gallons of water running the faucet waiting for the water to heat up. When it’s chilly outside, it’s tough to blame us, but on the other hand, consider this: close to 15 percent of your yearly heating casts are being wasted!
  • Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite topic, hair clogs. One plumber in Spokane, WA, ripped out a 12-foot long clump of hair from a storm drainage pipe. It was reported to be the longest the company had ever seen. We can confirm it’s the longest we at Bears Family PHC have ever seen as well!
  • 90 percent of all pharmaceutical medication that people take are excreted through urinating. What does this mean? It means our sewage is spiked for one thing. The EPA looked into it and found that fish have trace amounts of pain relievers, antibiotics, caffeine, antidepressants, estrogen, and a whole mess of other drugs we’d care not to think about.

Contact Bears Family PHC!

If there was only one fact you are able to remember after reading this series about random plumber facts, it’s that we at Bears Family PHC are here if you need us. We are commercial and residential plumbers who care about the needs of our community.

Most often, we receive house calls related to HVAC or plumbing needs. If you are looking for a residential plumber in Loveland, Denver, Fort Collins, or in between, keep in mind we offer these residential plumbing services:

  • Drain Cleaning & Repair
  • Leaky Pipes
  • Leaky Faucets
  • Water Heaters
  • Garbage Disposals
  • Kitchen Sinks
  • Toilet Repairs and Installations
  • Bathtub and Showers
  • Laundry Room Fixtures
  • New Fixtures

We are a family-owned and operated plumbing company that offers a unique blend of experience, value, and quality. Each job we perform is backed 100 percent and comes with a 90 day guarantee on all service repairs. Contact us today!