The history of plumbing is almost as old and fascinating as man itself, and is filled with amazing insights and ingenuity. Many people don’t know many facts about plumbing. Let’s take a closer glance at six fascinating facts about plumbing.
Plumbing can be a Latin Word
Did you know that plumbing is actually derived from the Latin word “plumbum”? Latin for lead is “plumbum”, and Pb is the symbol for the element on the periodic table. Because lead is a soft metal, the Roman Empire used it for plumbing. The toxic effects of lead were not known to the Romans. Many of the bizarre behaviors that led to the fall the Roman Empire could have been linked to lead poisoning. Although this is a fact that only a few historians today believe, it is a reminder to replace any steel pipes with lead solder and/or lead pipes in your home.
The earliest evidence of plumbing
It’s not surprising that plumbing systems have been around for so long. An irrigation ditch is a pipe that carries water from a nearby stream to a field of crops. This is a good place to start. Evidence from the Indus River Valley, dated to 2,700 BC, shows asphalt and earth pipes. These pipes were used for transporting freshwater from fields of wheat to other crops, which were then turned into flour to make bread on flat rock. Evidence is abundant that shows early farming was possible in the region between 5,500 and 4,4000 BC. However, no evidence of earlier irrigation systems has been discovered.
The Toilet Plunger and the Sink Are Not the Same
A plunger is a tool that many people keep in their homes to unclog drains. It is usually a wooden handle and a rubber cup with a dome-shaped at the business end. The cup is then placed over the drain and moved upward and downward to change the air pressure. Many people mistakenly believe that a plunger is just a plunger. The cup plunger is the one described above. It’s used for clearing drains with a flat surface, such as a sink or tub drain, or the bottom of a bathroom stall. Toilet plungers are different because they have a narrower end which allows them to fit into the toilet drain. You will also see a thin rubber flap that wraps around the entire rubber end. The rubber flap helps the toilet plunger seal uneven surfaces. It is a good idea to have both toilet plungers at home. Manually removing a blockage is better than using a caustic chemical cleaner. For professional assistance, contact your certified plumber if you are unable to remove a stubborn clog.
The earliest indoor plumbing
The earliest outdoor plumbing was a system that used an irrigation system. But what about indoor plumbing? This is a difficult question to answer. Indoor plumbing developed slowly and can’t be attributed to one person or even a single year. There are some important milestones along the way that are worth examining. The English Regency shower, which produced water at shoulder height for indoor wash, was invented in 1810. The water was collected, then circulated again into the shower system. Isaiah Rogers, an architect from Boston, designed the first indoor plumbing hotel in 1829. It was the Tremont Hotel, Boston, which became synonymous with luxury, culture, and class once it opened. Every hotel now needs indoor plumbing. Mr. Rogers was the first to design and construct the Astor Hotel in New York. The Astor Hotel can accommodate 300 people with enough water closets (WCs), and bathrooms. The White House was equipped with indoor plumbing in 1833. A second floor was added when President Franklin Pierce took office. In the 1840s, indoor plumbing began to trickle down to wealthy homeowners. This was when soap became a popular product for cleaning and hygiene.
Dripping Faucets Use a lot of Water
A dripping faucet can cause you to be awake at night due to its annoying nature. The problem is more serious than just a few lost hours of sleep. A dripping faucet can waste far more water that many people realize. The slow, constant drip can quickly add up to a large amount of water you pay for. Let’s take an example: A faucet drips one per second. Over a period of 4 1/2 hours, this is enough to waste a gallon worth of water. This amounts to 5 gallons per day. This would result in a total of 2,000 gallons water being wasted over the course of a year. This would increase your water bills by a significant amount and just as importantly, it would cause money to go down the drain. To reduce water loss and get better sleep, it is important to repair a leaking faucet as soon as possible. A leaking faucet can be fixed by anyone with basic DIY skills. However, if you aren’t confident, contact a certified plumber to have it repaired quickly.
First Public Toilet
The Tremont Hotel in Boston installed indoor toilets for paying guests. We cannot therefore consider them public toilets. The Great Exhibition 1851 saw the installation of the first public toilets at The Crystal Palace, Hyde Park, London. Unfortunately, the beautiful glass structure was destroyed by fire in 1936 and there is no trace of these early public conveniences.