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.

How to Save on Plumbing Remodeling Costs

Planning to remodel the bathroom or kitchen? We all have visions in our heads of remodeling rooms in the house, and these rooms are no exception – we imagine perhaps a new vanity and countertop in the bathroom, a new shower, new lighting, new paint on the walls, a new mirror, maybe even a new toilet.

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Before you get too carried away, however, there is the little matter of cost to think about. According to one source, the average cost to remodel a bathroom today runs almost $16,000. So, if you are still thinking about that remodel, here are a few tips on how to save some money.

You may want to think about hiring a designer or architect to help you. If you need to stick to a budget, they can be a big help. If you work with a professional to come up with a plan for the bathroom or kitchen, you can be reasonably sure that your design, budget and time allotted for the project are on the mark. Hiring a professional probably will end up saving you money overall.

And make sure you have all of your ducks lined up before you begin the actual renovation. That means making decisions about what you want to replace and buying what you need. One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make is buying products during the renovation, which can cause delays and other problems, driving up the price.

  1. Leave the plumbing alone.

In other words, use the piping that you already have. Don’t try to move the toilet or the tub, for example, because that will really drive up the cost. It costs about $5,000 to move just one plumbing fixture.

The same is true for kitchen remodeling – use the piping that you have. Just as with the bathroom, it will run you around $5,000 if you move an appliance like a sink or dishwasher.

  1. Keep the toilet.

Again, replacing an entire toilet can really add up with those installation costs. What you might want to do instead is just replace the seat and the lid, which can really improve the look of your toilet without having to buy a new one.

  1. Look for used items.

You can find some really great fittings, shelving, cabinets, faucets, etc.  if you look hard enough. Check out antique stores, flea markets, resellers, and auctions. You can salvage and redo items such as tubs, light fixtures and even sinks.

If you’re looking to remodel or upgrade your kitchen or bathroom(s), call Plumbing Dynamics: we have a successful track record when it comes to remodeling projects. Give us a call at 214-929-3431.

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