Short History of Plumbing

Updated on Tuesday 26th July 2016

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The term plumbing has its origins from the Latin “plumbum” which means lead. Plumbing is defined as an utility used in buildings which consists of pipes and fixtures for the distribution of gas and water and for the sewage disposal. Plumbing history originates back in ancient civilizations such as the Indian, Egyptian and Roman ones, which offered public baths and had to offer drinkable water and the removal of wastewater for numerous persons. 

In the present, our team of plumbers in London can address virtually any problem a household may encounter and answer any questions a homeowner might have in regards to this domain. For reliable and affordable plumbing services in London, you can rely on our plumbing firm.

Ancient plumbing history

Ancient plumbing history dates back with thousands of years B.C. with the following discoveries being made:

•    The history of plumbing starts back in the years 4,000 to 3,000 B.C., with archaeologists discovering copper water pipes in the ruins of the Indus River Valley palace in India;
•    It was also proven by historians that Egyptians used copper pipes to build complex bathrooms inside pyramids in the years 2,500 B.C.;
•    The Romans had extremely developed ancient plumbing systems. They built underground sewer systems, aqueducts, public and private baths, water piping systems made of lead and bronze and marble fixtures, dating back in the years 500 B.C. to 455 A.D.;
•    The first iron pipes were set up in Germany in 1455;
•    In 1728, the first underground sewer was mounted, in New York;
•    In 1848, the national Public Health Act was adopted in England, becoming a model plumbing code for the future, resulting in the construction of adequate sewer systems. 

Modern plumbing history

Modern plumbing history is built on some of the following events:

•    In 1915, the Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA) was created, being the first effort to coordinate building codes on a national level;
•    In the 1930s and 1940s, Dr. Roy B. Hunter dedicated himself to research the plumbing systems in order to create standardized regulations in the U.S. The plumbing codes of the present are based on Dr. Hunter’s works;
•    In 1969, the Plumbing Brass Institute (PBI) obtains approval for the standard of fixture fittings which helps to regulate the plumbing standards;
•    In 1974, the U.S. elaborates the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Nowadays plumbing proves to be an important issue for safekeeping homes and saving water bills. If you are faced with a plumbing issue, our plumbers in London are here to help. Please contact us
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