When it comes to our Toronto water services, we all tend to take our plumbing for granted – that is until something goes wrong with it, especially our toilets. Here are some fun facts that may have you giving this “modern” accoutrement a bit more respect.
Fixing a toilet tank is the do-it-yourself job done most often.
A worn out or faulty flapper is the cause of most toilet leaks – indicated by the inclination to jiggle the handle.
One leaky toilet can waste the equivalent of the water needed to fill a swimming pool.
Flushing toilets are responsible for 38% of water use in a household.
On average, each person in a family of three flushes the toilet four times a day.
Every day, 4.8 billion gallons of water is flushed away by Americans.
Masonry sewers, earthenware pipes and toilets were used as early as 2500BC in Mesopotamia.
“Plumbing” came from the Latin word “plumbum,” which means lead. Early plumbers used lead fixtures and pipes.
The first person to obtain a patent for a flushing toilet was Sir Thomas Crapper.
Massachusetts, in 1988, was the first state to pass a law requiring that all new or remodeled bathrooms have “low-flow” toilets. It became a federal directive in 1994 and now, all 50 states have adopted similar laws. Toronto water services professionals can install one for your home.