Flushed Away: A Brief History Of Plumbing


In the western world, we tend to take modern amenities for granted. Although conveniences like electricity, indoor plumbing, and indoor toilets are now a fact of life, it was a much different story for our ancestors who struggled through life with candles, drawing water from a well, and outhouses. Technology has come a long way since the days when indoor plumbing consisted of a bucket and a wash pan.

Early plumbing

Today when you want a drink of water, you simply turn a tap. It wasn't that easy in past centuries. Or was it? The earliest known pressurized plumbing in the New World is thought to have been constructed by the Mayans. According to some reports, the Mayans likely had pressurized water well before 750 AD; in some ranks, that turns the oft speculated theory that they also had running water for toilets in the castle from a theory into a possibility. 

Medieval plumbing

You may think of the days of knights, ladies, and castles as a romantic time in history, however medieval plumbing was anything but romantic. In fact, by our modern standards, the plumbing used by knights and ladies of yesteryear could hardly be considered plumbing at all. Known as a garderobe, the castle toilet often had a nearby room in which to hang clothes, as the pungent odors served as a deterrent for moths. The toilet itself was situated in a small, dark room on the outer walls of the castle. Consisting of simply a hole in a seat, waste was channeled down a chute into a cesspit below, or simply fell into the castle moat. The moat fish were, in some cases, moved to a more sanitary pond for several weeks for a cleaning period before being served up by the castle cooks.

Modern plumbing

As time progressed, so did the technology for plumbing. Although electricity and indoor plumbing were becoming more widespread by the 1930s, the wash pan and outdoor toilet were still widely in use as late as the 1950s. In fact, during that time frame in some areas in the USA, up to 50% of homes were still without indoor toilets. Nowadays, while your average home toilet may not be so high tech, you could purchase a toilet that plays music, deodorizes, and even warm your toes. Just contact Eddie B Plumbing for more information.

Indeed, despite the occasional hitch with indoor plumbing that may cause you a headache over leaky pipes, your biggest worries today where plumbing is concerned involves how high tech you want your toilet, rather where to place your outhouse or wash pan. 


18 March 2015

Learning About Plumbing Services For The Kitchen

Hi everyone, my name is Bonita Ploursa. After living in my first home for several years, I decided the kitchen needed a drastic change. I spent the bulk of my time baking cakes, making candy and canning jam in my kitchen. However, cleanup was a nightmare due to the lack of a dishwasher. Furthermore, my sink area could only fit one small pot, which made it impossible to wash out my cookware. I hired a plumber to help route lines for a dishwasher and replace the sink. I also had my plumber install a nice garbage disposal in the sink. The process took very little time and no effort on my part. I would like to discuss this upgrade, and others like it, on my website. I will explore the various ways plumbers move pipes and install appliances throughout the kitchen.