Plumbing: A Brief History
We obviously love plumbing. It’s something we do every day. That’s why we have decided to give you a little history of where Master Repair Plumbing got its start as a plumber And by start, we mean way back to 2700 BC.
To start off our history lesson on how plumbing came about, we’ll first dive into the wonderful world of Wikipedia to find out what the origination of what we call plumbing.
Plumbing originated during ancient civilizations such as the Greek, Roman, Persian, Indian, and Chinese cities as they developed public baths and needed to provide potable water and wastewater removal, for larger numbers of people. Standardized earthen plumbing pipes with broad flanges making use of asphalt for preventing leakages appeared in the urban settlements of the Indus Valley Civilization by 2700 BC. The Romans used lead pipe inscriptions to prevent water theft.
Historical Events that Shaped Modern Water Supply Plumbing Systems
Instead of boring you with miles of text, we came across this helpful infographic from an article called “History of Plumbing Timeline” from SafePlumbing.org’s website.
America’s Plumbing History
In an article, originally published in P & M Magazine back in 1987, and later published online at Plumbingsupply.com, we get a fun brief history of how plumbing started in the America’s
[The Extinct Hohokam Indians] were the master farmers of America’s Southwest, and engineers of great networks of irrigation canals in the Salt River Valley. They first appeared about 350 B.C., building canals of open ditches, gouged out with stone tools and wooden hoes. The canals spanned almost 250 miles, stimulating trade and commerce between communities of hundreds and thousands of people. No one knows why, whether by climatic upheaval, drought or floods, the Hohokams suddenly vanished in 1450 A.D., well before Columbus discovered America or the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.
It would be more than midway through the 19th century before young America would develop reasonably efficient water and sewage systems, and for the great invention of the water closet to make an appearance. But our forefathers made up nicely for lost time.
Thanks to the plumbing industry, the United States would set standards in health and safety unsurpassed in the world today. At the forefront was the unsung plumber, the skilled craftsman of lead, expert bell hanger, blacksmith, toolmaker, tin and sheet-iron worker.
If you have a chance, take a peek at the full article: History of Plumbing in America
While this post has only scratched the surface of the history of plumbing, I hope you enjoyed peeking into the beginning or our industry.
What surprised you the most about the origins of the plumbing industry? Tell us in the comments.