Ancient Plumbing Systems of Yesteryear

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Since we’re a plumbing company, we’re interested in all things pertaining to what we do, even the historical aspects of it. Crude forms of plumbing have existed for thousands of years and luckily by the time we started our plumbing repair company, plumbing standards had improved greatly. We’re sharing an interesting look back into the history of plumbing through the ages. Some of it might actually surprise you!

The First Known Plumbing System

Most people associate ancient plumbing with the Greeks or Romans, and while they certainly had an impressive infrastructure for plumbing, they weren’t the first to use plumbing systems. Archaeologists believe that the ancient Egyptian ruler Menes, built irrigation systems and canals around 3000 B.C. to supply his kingdom with water. Archaeologists also discovered water pipes in India dating back to the same era. These plumbing advancements were most likely purposed for ensuring a successful crop every year.

Egyptian Plumbing Systems

Fast forward a few years later, Egyptians were installing copper pipes inside the pyramids for dead pharaohs to have irrigation as well as indoor plumbing. It was a commonly held belief by most Egyptians that pharaohs in the afterlife would need those things. Their plumbing systems would have crudely functioned like commercial plumbing systems now.

Underground Plumbing Advancements

Around the year 1500 B.C., the people of Crete invented sewage and drainage systems that were placed underground. This advancement not only provided a way to dispose of unwanted waste, but it also provided a healthier environment for those living at the time. While modern day plumbing services might be horrified at the conditions of the sewer lines and drainage systems, for the time, it was an incredible feat.

Plumbing in Rome

The Roman Empire is well known for it’s plumbing advancements. They built public bath houses, underground sewage systems, aqueducts, and even installed bronze pipes to carry water. Many of these bath houses and even public toilets still exist today. Some homes even had residential plumbing to boast of!

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Luckily for you, plumbing has come a long way since ancient Rome. If you’re building a new home or building, or need plumbing repairs done, get in touch with us! We offer competitive prices with high quality services to all of our customers.

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