Plumbing Handy Hints & Facts

Did you know?

1. Dripping taps can waste up to 200 litres of water a day.

2. New toilets use 3 to 6 litres of water per flush. However, old single flush toilets use 11 litres per flush! To save money and water, consider upgrading your existing toilet.

3. Avoid planting trees within 2 metres of stormwater or sewer drains. As trees grow there is a potential for the roots to infiltrate pipes and cause blockages.

4. Always keep roof gutters clear of leaves and debris. This will allow for a longer lifespan of your gutters and prevent costly overflows.

5. A tap left running can waste up to 17 litres of water a minute. That is nearly 1.5 litres every 5 seconds.

6. Never attempt to repair any gas line or appliance unless you are a licenced tradesperson.

7. Indoor plumbing dates back to at least 2500BC.

8. A slightly dripping faucet or showerhead can waste up to 379 litres of water or more in one week (Depending on the size of the drip).

9. In a typical home, more than 34,000 litres of water are wasted while running the faucet waiting for hot water.

10. Ozzy Osbourne, a famous rock star, was a Plumbers Assistant before his rise to fame. 

11. The average person spends 3 years of their life on the toilet.

12. The biggest myth is that the direction water moves in after a toilet has been flushed is the result of which hemisphere we live in. It’s to do with the direction that the rim jets are positioned.

13. At 60 degrees, it takes 5 seconds for water to burn skin. At 71 degrees, it takes only 1/2 of a second. Home hot water systems should be set to no hotter than 51 degrees.

14. Physicist Albert Einstein said in 1954 that if he could redo his life over again from the start, he would choose to be a Plumber rather than a Teacher or a Scientist. The Plumbers and Steamfitters Union made Einstein an honorary member.

15. Fictional brothers Mario and Luigi, the stars of Nintendo video games, are the two most famous Plumbers in the world.