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Celebrating World Plumbing Day

Today at Universal Home Experts we are celebrating World Plumbing Day. Created to honor the plumbing achievements made throughout the centuries, this event also allows us to celebrate the men and women who work tirelessly in the field every day. The innovation of plumbing has helped shape the modern world. It has driven both industry and agriculture and kept remote populations from famine and disease. Its importance on the world stage cannot be easily dismissed. If not for the invention of plumbing, society as we know it would not exist. Today we are highlighting a few of the important plumbing advances that have ensured the health and progress of the U.S. – and the world.

Advances in Modern Plumbing

  • The earliest plumbing systems dated back to 4,000 B.C. Around this time, the Babylonians created clay sewer pipes. Examples can be found in the Temple of Bel at Nippur and areas in Eshnunna, Babylonia.
  • Copper water pipes were discovered in the Indus River Valley in Indiana dating back to (4,000 – 3,000 B.C.).
  • Egyptians created bathrooms inside the pyramids with copper piping (2500 B.C.). These pipes were part of elaborate sewage and irrigation systems – centuries before they were commonplace in the civilized world.
  • The Romans created some of the most advanced plumbing systems of the time (500 B.C. to A.D. 455). Romans enjoyed sewer systems and elaborate baths – both public and private.

More on Roman Plumbing

  • In 1596 the very first flushing toilet (water closet), was invented by Queen Elizabeth’s godson Sir John Harrington.
  • In 1728 the first underground sewers were invented in New York.
  • Thefirst sewer system in England is created.
  • In the 1870’s the first water heaters were installed in homes and residences.
  • From 1900 – 1932, several water closet designs were created. Within this time frame, 350 patents were received by the U.S. Patent Office.
  • Plastic piping was introduced as a response to a shortage of copper in 1966.
  • The Energy Efficiency Act in the 80’s (later amended to the Energy Policy Act) restricted water flow rates in commercial plumbing fixtures.

Reflecting on the History of Energy Efficiency

  • In 1978, California introduces a law that prohibits the usage of toilet designs that use more than 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf.).
  • Stage two of the New York City Water Tunnel, the largest capital construction project in NY history, is completed in 2013.

Universal Home Experts is proud of our accomplished team of plumbers, who service the Houston area (and beyond) with superior service and repair every day. If you have a plumbing need, call us at (713) 364-0226to schedule service with one of our technicians. They have years of experience in the field and can assess your problem both quickly and efficiently.