Do your customers recognize your hard work? Give them a nudge with these fun facts.
April 25 is set aside each year to honor plumbers. Often plumbers don’t receive the credit and fame they deserve for their hard work and unique skills. In fact, the most famous plumbers are the Super Mario Brothers — and they live in a Nintendo game!
The reality is that without plumbers, our world would be far from sanitary or pleasant. Plumbers do much more than fix leaky faucets — it’s plumbers who install the miles of piping that make hot, cold and process water and gas utilities possible. It’s plumbers who get their hands — or rather work gloves — dirty unclogging drains, toilets, vents and sewer lines.
Using a little research combined with our knowledge of the profession, the team at General Pipe Cleaners put together a list of fun facts about plumbing to share with your team members, family or customers:
- It’s because of a plumber that the Chicago River is dyed green every St. Patrick’s Day. The river was first turned green in 1962 using plumbing dye for detecting leaks.
- The ancient Egyptians had plumbing systems. Archeologists have found lavatories inside tombs, as well, in case the mummified inhabitants needed a little relief.
- In 2012, there were approximately 386,900 plumbers working in the United States according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Toilets have saved more lives than any other invention.
- Thomas Crapper did not actually invent the toilet. Sir John Harrington invented the first flush toilet.
- Thomas Crapper owned his own plumbing shop in London by the time he was 25 and was awarded nine patents for plumbing innovations during his lifetime, three of them consisting of improvements to the flushing toilet.
- Plumbers installed 2,500 toilets and 2,500 sinks in the Empire State Building. The building also has 70 miles of pipe.
Today we salute the ones who keep everything flowing, and not overflowing. General Pipe Cleaners is proud to be the partner for all of your drain cleaning needs!