Plumbing and sewer lines are out-of-sight, out-of-mind for most people. Most people aren't concerned about their plumbing and sewer lines until there is a problem. Then, they have no choice but to learn more about their systems. However, there are a few interesting facts that you may want to know about regarding your plumbing and sewer lines. These facts may help you make a few important decisions that could save you from having problems in the future.
Some American houses didn't have an indoor bathroom 50 years ago
In 1960, 17% of American houses did not have bathrooms in them. Instead, these homeowners and their families had outhouses. Most of these homes were located in rural areas. Many of those houses do have indoor bathrooms now, however, because only 0.3% of houses didn't have an indoor bathroom in 2009. Chances are that many of the owners of those old houses chose to upgrade their plumbing to have a bathroom inside their homes.
You can usually tell if a bathroom was added on after construction due to the odd placement of the location of the bathroom in the home, as well as the odd placement of the fixtures in the bathroom. Often, the homeowners had to do the best they could with the available space in their homes so they wouldn't have to continue to trek outside in all kinds of weather to use an outhouse. This may explain why a bathroom in your old house may seem like it was built by someone with Mayhem as his middle name.
One thing that is important to understand about these bathrooms is that some of them may have been added before building codes were stringent. If you think you have one of these bathrooms, you may want to hire a plumber to check the plumbing. Click here to investigate more information on plumbers.
There are polar bears in sewers
Well, not 'real' polar bears, but that is the name wastewater treatment plants have given to blockages that are created when cooking oil and paper gets mixed in with flushable wipes. Flushable wipes are marketed to be able to safely go through your home's plumbing system, but they are causing problems at wastewater treatment plants. Whenever there is a blockage between your home's sewer line and the lines going to the wastewater treatment plant, it could cause sewage to back up into your home.
As appealing as flushable wipes are, it's a good idea to not overuse them. If you simply can't avoid using flushable wipes, then it's a good idea to not throw any cooking oil or paper products down your drains. Instead, keep any sealable containers you may have, such as coffee cans, to put your used cooking oil into.
Wastewater plants are becoming gold mines
The U.S. Geological Survey has found small particles of precious metals in wastewater plants. Arizona State University conducted a study that suggested Americans have flushed $13 million in precious metals like gold, silver and platinum. While you, or someone you know, may have lost a ring or other piece of jewelry down a sink or in a toilet, somehow, it's not believed that the precious metals being found in wastewater plants come from jewelry. The particles are smaller than a human hair.
The researchers aren't sure where the precious metals come from when they wind up in wastewater plants. But, if you ever do lose a ring or other piece of jewelry down a drain, don't use any drains until a plumber has been called to retrieve the piece. This is important in case the piece of jewelry did not stay in the drain trap and reached further into the sewer lines where it may be more difficult for your plumber to reach. You don't want your jewelry to become part of the $13 million precious metal kitty.
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