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How Plumbing Systems Have Evolved Over the Centuries


How Plumbing Systems Have Evolved Over the Centuries

Most people take modern-day plumbing for granted. We turn on the faucet, and clean water comes out. We flush the toilet, and our waste disappears. But plumbing systems weren’t always so convenient and technologically advanced. Plumbing has drastically evolved over the centuries, and it’s a fascinating story! Keep reading for a brief history of plumbing fixtures dating back to 2000 BC.

A Brief History of the Invention of the Plumbing System

Plumbing fixtures are an essential part of any home or business. They are responsible for providing us with clean water and disposing of our waste. But how did these fixtures come to be?

The Egyptians invented the first plumbing fixtures in 2000 BC. These early fixtures were primitive by today’s standards, but they get credit for being the first to harness the power of water for human use. One of the earliest examples is the Shadoof, a seesaw-like device used to draw water from rivers. 

The Evolution & Advancement of Plumbing Systems

As civilizations progressed, so did the technology of plumbing fixtures. In 1000 BC, the Minoans of Crete invented the first indoor plumbing system. This system included clay pipes that carried water to homes and businesses. Around the same time, the Chinese also developed an early form of indoor plumbing that used bamboo pipes to transport water. 

In 600 BC, the first lead pipes were used in Greece. Lead is a soft metal that is easy to shape, which makes it ideal for creating pipes. However, we now know that lead is a toxic material that can cause serious health problems. As a result, lead pipes are no longer used in today’s plumbing systems. 

In 200 AD, the Romans developed public baths and toilets that everyone in the city used. The Roman Empire was vast and had many different cultures within its borders. As a result, Roman culture heavily influenced Plumbing systems all over Europe for centuries. 

The First Flushable Toilet

The first flushable toilet was invented in 1596 by Sir John Harrington. However, it was in 1775 that Alexander Cummings patented the S-trap, which is still used in today’s toilets. Thomas Crapper popularized toilets in England in 1852 when he started his company manufacturing and selling toilets and bathroom fittings. 

Modern-Day Plumbing Systems

Modern-day plumbing took root in North America in 1829 when Philadelphia became home to the country’s first waterworks system. This system brought clean water to homes and businesses via wooden pipes. Today, North America is home to some of the world’s most advanced plumbing systems, but that doesn’t mean they’re perfect! Clogged drains, burst pipes, and leaky faucets are still common problems homeowners and businesses face. Luckily, there are professional plumbers that can come to your rescue and fix any plumbing issues you’re having!

Your Modern-Day Plumbing Problems Deserve Professional Attention

Plumbing has come a long way since its humble beginnings in ancient Egypt! What started as a simple way to draw water from rivers has evolved into a complex system of pipes and fittings that bring clean water into our homes and businesses while disposing of our waste safely and efficiently. Modern-day plumbers have access to high-tech tools and materials that make even the most challenging repairs possible…but we always remember our roots.

We have nearly a hundred years of combined and widely diversified plumbing experience at Titan Plumbing. And while we’re experts, we’re also continuous learners, exploring the latest trends and knowledge about our craft to deliver top-notch service to you. Plus, we service over 60 Illinois communities.

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