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10 More Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About Your Home

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We had such an amazing response to our favourite fun home facts last month, that we’ve decided to do it again! After all, we all spend much so much time in our homes, there’s virtually no end to quirky and cool did-you-knows we’ve discovered.


Here’s part 2 of our favourite fun facts – about your home!


Waste not, wet not. Did you know that a leaky faucet that drips six drops per minute can waste over 1,200 L of water in a year – make sure faucets all around your home are shut off tightly.


When in Rome: The word “plumbing” comes from the Latin plumbum, for lead. The Romans used lead in conduits and drain pipes on their roofs as well as for baths and other piping. So much lead was used, in fact, that some theorize lead poisoning was a major contributor to the fall of the Roman Empire.


Reliance B.C.: Some of the earliest evidence for indoor plumbing has been found in Egyptian palaces dating back to 2500 BC. Our quest for home comfort started really early.


Genius: Albert Einstein was named an honorary member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union after musing that he would have chosen to be a plumber if he had not gone into that other business of his.


The mighty dishwasher: Much to people’s disbelief, a dishwasher is actually more efficient than hand washing. While handwashing uses up to 75 L of water, your dishwasher uses approximately 34 – 45 L.


The big flush: Flushing the toilet consumes about 30% of the average North American household’s water usage.


It’s all spin: Contrary to popular belief, the direction water flows down your drain or toilet does not change on either side of the equator. The direction depends on the design and direction of the pipes.


On the throne: The average person spends three years of his or her life sitting on the toilet. We’ll leave that right there.


Pump power: An electricity-powered sump pump, below the floor of your basement, can keep it dry by automatically pumping rising water and draining it away from the foundation. You can learn more about sump pumps and Reliance’s other plumbing services here.


Easy savings: If your home appliances have the ENERGY STAR name and symbol, you may qualify for government rebates and incentives. Learn more here.


For more fun facts and useful information on home comfort and saving energy, keep an eye out for our weekly email tips provided by Reliance technical experts!

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