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15 More Interesting Facts About Plumbing

The plumbing industry is filled with many weird and interesting facts. We thought it would be fun to share some of those interesting facts. Surprise many of your friends or family with your plumbing knowledge!

1. The origin of plumbing dates all the way back to 2700 BC when the Indus Valley Civilization developed earthen plumbing pipes out of asphalt.

2. Romans created lead pipes with inscriptions for the owner or manufacturer to prevent water theft.

3. Manhole covers are circular so when turned sideways it prevents them from falling through the opening.

Manhole cover plumbing

4. Kohler created a voice activated toilet so you never have to touch a handle again! However, the voice commanded toilet first became popular in Japan.

5. A recent study by the Environmental Health Perspectives showed that our sewer systems contain large traces of many different drugs, legal and illegal, due to the fact our body excretes over 90% of it through our urine.

6. One of the most famous groups of “plumbers” was from the White House. The White House Plumbers or otherwise known as the White House Special Investigation Unit under former President Richard Nixon were tasked with fixing all “leaks” of classified information to the media.

Richard Nixon - plumbing

7. During October of 1760, King George II of Great Britain died after falling off his toilet.

8. The average person spends around 3 years of their life sitting on the toilet.

9. These are a few famous celebrities who worked in the plumbing industry before their careers. Michael Caine, known mostly from his role as Alfred in the Dark Knight Trilogy, was a plumber’s assistant before his film career. Also, Ozzy Osbourne dropped out of school to become a plumber’s assistant before becoming one of the most famous rock artists of all time.

10. John Gotti, the famous boss of the Gambino crime family, used a plumbing supplier as a front to launder money.

11. Over 5.3 million miles of copper piping has been installed across the United States, and that would wrap the Earth over 200 times.

12. Around 40% of water consumed by homes is just from flushing toilets.

13. Around 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have access to proper plumbing systems/facilities.

14. In 1939, Al Moen invented the first single handle faucet that could control both the hot and cold water with a single turn.

15. Contrary to popular belief, toilets do not flush water the opposite direction in the southern hemisphere.

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Frank D.
I had an emergancy and Zeek took care of it immediately and on short notice. Technicians were very proffessional. I will definetly use them again and will recomnend them to friends and family. Thier pricing was great also.
Michael A.
We highly recommend Zeek Plumbing! Within 24 hours of calling, Tim and Oliver arrived on time to replace our hot water heater and they were professional, polite and thorough. They worked quick (not fast) and clean and also corrected the prior improper installation of the overflow tank. Ryan even followed up to ensure we were happy and finalized all necessary paperwork. Everyone went above and beyond our expectations. Great job Zeek Plumbing, thank you!
Mary Alice S.
I recently had an almost fully clogged kitchen sink drain. I called Zeek Plumbing early in the morning and got a recording. I decided to not leave a message and would call back later. They took it upon themselves to call me back after seeing my number in their missed calls log. I explained the situation and was told they'd take care of it within a week; they arrived later that afternoon. The technician, Tim, and his partner (I unfortunately did not catch his name), worked incredibly hard to unclog the drain. They used multiple augers and auger heads, eventually running the snake 56 feet into the line until they finally were able to break through the clog after nearly three hours. Other technicians would likely have given up after a couple tries and recommend digging up the pipe, but Tim and his partner kept at it until the job was done. Tim asked me two or three times if I was satisfied with the job before he left. Pure professionalism all around. It got pricey in the end, but you get what you pay for. I couldn't recommend them more.
Michael T.
Thank you, Zeek Plumbing, for your quick response and excellent service on a water heater installation from June 2022.Tim came out the same day that I called when our hot water heater sprung a leak making a mess of the basement (other local companies I had called stated they were unable to come until 1-2 days later). He was so kind & knowledgeable! We had the choice to replace parts on our old unit, and possibly have to wait 2+ weeks for parts due to COVID supply chain issues, or replace the unit entirely. Tim took the time to explain the pros & cons to both without pressuring us. Steve gave us a quote over the phone and ultimately we chose to replace with a new Bradford White. Richard & Oliver showed up the following morning at 8AM. Service was quick, they left the area clean, and price was fair.
Jeannette F.
I had a good experience with Zeek. I contacted them to install a water softener. They put me in touch with the supplier, who tested by water and recommended a system. Then Zeek installed it. Rich patiently walked me through the ins-and-outs, and they were finished in just a few hours.I note that Zeek had to push back the installation date because they were late ordering of the water softener. But they apologized, set a new date, and got it all done. We all make mistakes; but it's those (like Zeek) that take responsibility and fix the issue that deserve repeat business.I'm already contacting Zeek again for other work that needs doing!
JC C
I had Zeek plumbing come. A guy Bill came and realized he could not do the job since cabinet had tiny opening for tiny person so he called another staff member to come. He knew exactly what the problem was . At first I thought maybe he did not want to do job or I had to call another company. I said to myself let me see and got call stating Oliver was going to do it but Tim would also help. They both came out and I liked both of them. They were both very nice , professional and fixed the problem . They were their for about an hour and a half and ended out charging me they said for 1 hour. I will know for sure when I get a bill from credit card , they gave me no paper statement or bill just told me verbally what I was going to be charged . I was recommended to use this company from my electrician . I recommend that a plumber always put paper or plastic boots on in front of customer. Their boots can really make marks on floors or carpet . Most customers would appreciate this and it is also a sign of respect for property . I recommend this company and would use them again soon .
shari G.
Zeek Plumbing's crew was on time, and fixed every issue I had. Reasonably priced and easy to communicate with. Nice, neat and knowledgeable guys. THANK YOU!
Manny R.
My new go-to for any plumbing needs. Everything about this experience was perfect. Bill was great!
Chris T.
Steve and his crew responded in hours. Bill was incredibly knowledgeable and courteous. Could not have been happier!!!
maureen D.
Had a great experience today with Zeek plumbing. Rich and Nick stopped by because my boiler was smoking and releasing smell into the basement. Turns out there were a few other things wrong with it. It’s a 30 year old unit that needs replacing but that’s not going to be for a while so I really needed the service. My appointment was scheduled for 8am and they were here at 7:53 which was great. Rich showed me everything he was doing as he fixed things and did his best to explain everything to me although honestly everything went right over my head. Still though I highly appreciated the explanation of everything! I’m happy to say that the boiler is running like a brand new unit. No odor, no delay and it was all done very quickly! I think the price was reasonable considering they were here for two hours. Also thought it was awesome that Rich played with my Dog and pet my ferret! Haha anyhow. I highly recommend these guys, very high level of professionalism. I had another company come out a few months ago for similar issue and it was not fixed at all… and the other things that Rich identified that should have been fixed were left to rot essentially. Anyway I highly recommend Zeek for your plumbing needs. They did a great job.
Leo S.
I highly recommend using Zeek Plumbing & Mechanical. They respond quickly to phone calls, are punctual and very knowledgeable about all aspects of your plumbing needs and concerns. Rich is personable and is an expert at completing the job from start to finish.
Geri

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