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Happy World Plumbing Day!

Happy World Plumbing Day

Did you know in the United States that it was only a little less than two hundred years ago that plumbing was still not considered a necessity? Only fancy hotels and mansions had indoor plumbing. In fact the White House didn’t even have indoor plumbing until 1853. And even then, “…there were no toilets, showers, or tubs for the servants.

“Running water, not yet considered a necessity, was available only where it could increase the servants’ efficiency—in the pantry on the main floor, in the hall of the basement, in the upstairs hall.”*

Plumbing is still a luxury in some parts of our world, so when you turn on the tap today be thankful! It provides us with clean water, and keeps our houses and streets free of waste! Thus stopping the spread of disease.

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And Happy Whimsical Wednesday! Here are some our favorite blog posts about plumbing to honor World Plumbing Day….

Did you know that The Indus Valley Civilization (what today is northeast Afghanistan to Pakistan and northwest India) were the first peoples to use plumbing 2700 B.C? They used earthen pipes with asphalt to prevent leaks for their bathhouses and potable water. Later the Romans would use lead piping and aqueducts around 300 BC.

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To Read more…
http://benjaminfranklinplumbingnfld.com/blog/indus-valley-civilization/

Who had the first bathtub in the White House? Well that is greatly debated, Madison, Monroe, Fillmore, Pierce….?

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To Read more…
http://benjaminfranklinplumbingnfld.com/blog/bigbill/

 

Did you know that people used hollowed logs for pipes?

 

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To Read more…
http://benjaminfranklinplumbingnfld.com/blog/hollowed-logs/

*http://www.whitehousehistory.org/history/white-house-timelines/workers-1850s-1890s.html
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Spring Cleaning Tips

We have compiled a list of items home owners should add to their “to-clean” list this spring that take only a few minutes. Using simple household items such as vinegar, tweezers and a toothbrush, you can potentially prevent future plumbing headaches:

 

  1. Shower head. Mineral deposits can build up, likely causing the shower to run inefficiently. Clean it by soaking the shower head overnight in vinegar. Gently scrub with a toothbrush to remove the mineral deposits.
  2. Drains. Use tweezers to remove hair visible in the shower drain, and clean underneath it. Use an old toothbrush to scrub soap scrum.
  3. Pipes. Pour half a bottle of white vinegar down your drains, leave for 20 minutes, and flush with hot water. This is an all-natural remedy that will help prevent clogs from forming without damaging the pipes.
  4. Garbage Disposal. Pour a cup of baking soda down the kitchen sink, and wait 20 minutes. Pour boiling water down to flush it out. The combined natural solution of hot water and baking soda will not only clean your garbage disposal but leave it smelling fresh.
  5. Washing Machine Lint Trap. If a washing machine has a lint trap, it should be cleaned, just like the dryer’s. The lint trap will either be attached to the washing machine’s drainage hose, in the agitator (the large plastic piece in the center of the tub), or at the top of the washer on the rim of the tub.
  6. Floss your faucet (yes, you read that right). The stringy stuff is perfect for tackling that narrow, grimy space where the base of the faucet and the taps meet the sink.
  7. Water Heater Flush. Corrosion causing sediment can build up in your water heater tank, likely reducing heating efficiency. We can help you flush out your water heater today. Call 507-645-4037

If you need any help cleaning these items, or if you’d like to schedule a maintenance check for your plumbing system, give us a call today at 507-645-4037