Today is Stock day. We are Checking the Plumbing pipe and fittings in our plumbers store room below our offices. Every year materials pipe up, left over flues, boiler parts and plumber fittings, sinks and taps end up getting brought back by the engineers who return them to our store as new products still that can be fitted at a later date.
And so today Terry and Daniel are booked in to Tidy the store after going through a checklist of our stock and plumbing pipe etc. Then putting it to one side, having a good tidy up before racking out the store for ease of storage and comfort finding products and materials that are need on a job.
Its been a warm and sunny week in the South East and we can say its been a bright and comfortable week at Ability. So we will leave you with a snippet today of the history of Plumbing pipe and wish you all a great weekend.
Plumbing Pipe – A brief history
Plumbing originated during ancient civilisations such as the Greek, Roman, Persian, Indian, and Chinese cities as they developed public baths and needed to provide potable water and wastewater removal, for larger numbers of people. … The Romans used lead pipe inscriptions to prevent water theft.
The past is replete with historical events that show the successes and failures of plumbing. One of the most recent examples is the New Zealand earthquake in Christchurch in February 2011. Both water and sewage systems were destroyed. The people were told not to drink, shower or use the toilets due to the lack and quality of a water supply. Many had to resort to digging a hole in the backyard to deposit sewage.
Although modern plumbing systems are much more up to date than those in ancient times, the New Zealand earthquake can still serve as a learning experience on how to develop better plumbing systems.
By studying the historical events of plumbing, we are less likely to repeat the errors, unsafe designs or installations that lead to the uncontrollable fires and plagues of the past. Check out our chronological list of the top 27 most influential historical events that shaped today’s plumbing systems! It covers achievements from ancient through modern times. Feel free to add your events to the list. We’d love to read your comments too!
Ancient plumbing systems date back to 4,000 B.C.
1. Archaeologists discovered copper water pipes in the palace ruins of the Indus River Valley in India. (4,000 to 3,000 B.C.)
2. Egyptians developed copper pipes that were used to build elaborate bathrooms inside the pyramids and intricate irrigation and sewages systems. (2500 B.C.)
3. “The Code of Hammurabi,” written by Hammurabi, the 6th king of Old Babylon, was the first known code of ancient Babylon. One of the clauses of the code called for people to be put to death if a house that was not constructed properly fell and killed an owner. (1700 B.C.)