Like most industries, plumbing has changed and evolved over the decades and centuries. Indeed, plumbing and heating systems are almost something that we take for granted. In medieval times, it was commonplace for people to carry around a bucket and shovel as human waste was rather an unpleasant problem.
In fact, it was the need for sanitation where plumbing really began. Disease was rife and something needed to be done to control it and it was the Romans who introduced aqueducts and basic sewer systems. Back then, Rome had rudimentary pipes that merely took the waste away from where people were living and it is these principles that we follow today – just in a more complex manner.
The 1940s and 1950s saw some major advancements in the types of materials that were used. People were moving away from dangerous lead piping and tar paper and opting for concrete pipes. Since that time, we have seen the introduction of PVC and copper piping, both materials that are used to this day in our heating and plumbing systems.
The progress that has been made since the early introduction of plumbing to the present day is quite astounding. We have moved on from there just being a practical need to wanting our bathrooms and kitchens to be beautiful, welcoming places. This is not something that could have perhaps been foreseen, even as recently as the 1950s.
Another major advancement in the plumbing industry has been the value of the plumber's knowledge. A plumber is arguably 10 times more valuable than they were 50 years ago with bathrooms, kitchens and heating systems becoming more complex and although costs have gone up, every attempt is made to make the industry more cost-efficient. In most cases, this where plastic piping comes in as it is cheaper, more durable and easier to install.
Sadly, the plumbing industry has also had to face up to the fact that many products aren't made to last like they were 50 years ago. The most expensive plumbing product in most homes, offices and other industrial building is the heating system. It is completely unreasonable to expect this type of product to last for 50 to 60 years and not only that, their efficiency is increasing all the times so you probably wouldn't want it to anyway!
Another significant advancement has been with toilets. Water conservation is something that is becoming increasingly important and water conversing toilets started to be introduced back in the mid to late 1990s. Toilets went from 3-gallon flushes to 1.6-gallon flushes as well as having the option of shorter flushes for urine.
Finally, it is not just plumbers and plumbing equipment that has improved. Cleaning products and heavy-duty cleaners are now more frequently used. The downside is that it is not only harmful bacteria that are killed but also the useful ones and this can have a negative impact on plumbing systems.
Whatever your reason for needing a plumbing in the modern era, one thing that we all need is and require is a reliable and professional service. As with anything, there are good and bad people working in the industry so pays to take time and make sure that you are choosing the right people.