When it comes to plumbing, you wouldn’t give much thought regarding its history. It’s just something that has always been there. However, if you take a closer look, plumbing and plumbers in San Antonio, TX are pretty cool and are only part of a rich plumbing heritage. Each new pipe, installation technique, drainage lining and more only adds to this piece of the plumbing history.
On the other hand, what’s so interesting about a bunch of pipes? For starters, it is taken a lot of innovation to have them working in the way they do. Otherwise, outhouses are still found in some places to this day. However, the convenience aside, it’s hard to picture that our plumbing system has been developed through centuries.
Pipes and plumbing are a lot more interesting than they appear on the surface. The following are a few cool facts that you probably didn’t know about plumbing and plumbers.
1. DERIVED FROM LEAD
The term ‘plumbing’ is actually Latin in nature (of course). It was derived from the term ‘plumbum’ which means ‘lead’ in Latin. This is due to the fact that in olden days, the pipes used for plumbing purposes were made from lead. However, it shares no roots with the ‘Plumbus’ in Rick and Morty.
Fortunately, over the years, it has been discovered that these lead pipes would leak traces of lead in the water as well. This not only made the water unfit for consumption, it is responsible for causing situations like the one happening in Flint at the moment. In a funny coincidence though, lead is identified by the symbols ‘Pb’ on the periodic table.
2. A TALE AS OLD AS TIME
We’ve talked about how plumbing has historic value so here’s the proof. The first functional plumbing system that was developed was made in the Indus Valley. Archeologists found pipes that were made from clay and were used to provide water to different areas. There were also various drain wastes as well.
Samples taken from these pipes showed that the plumbing system was established in 3,000 B.C. While the plumbers in San Antonio, TX have a lot of years of experience under their belt; we are not sure that anyone can hold a candle to the ancient ones who must have been responsible for the upkeep of this fine plumbing and drainage system.
3. MORE THAN A LEAK
A leaky tap can be your biggest nightmare as each drop echoes through the bathroom; pushing your sanity a little closer to the edge with drip that occurs. On the other hand, apart from being the perfect psychological device for horror movies, a leaky faucet can actually cause a huge loss to you too. You must have heard the phrase, every drop can create an ocean and in this case, each drip can accumulate too.
The numbers don’t lie in this matter. If your faucet manages to leak water at a rate of two water drops every minute, this can mean that you’re losing a gallon of water on a weekly basis. If that doesn’t look like a lot to you, look at the gallon jar of milk in your fridge to get a better understanding of how much water is being wasted.
4. CRAPPY NICK NAMES
Over the years, the toilet has a lot of nicknames given to it but they don’t always appear at random. Each of the nicknames given to the toilet actually has a particular meaning behind it. Among all of them, the following are three nick names that are used for the toilet that have some significant meaning to them:
- Ever wondered why the toilet was called ‘the john’ by some people? It’s not a random nick name that was given to it. The first functional, flushing toilet was developed in 1596 by John Harrington and as is the norm, his invention was named after him.
- Now some people refer to the toilet as ‘the crapper’. Hilariously, it is called crapper because of Thomas Crapper. He was responsible for making the flushing toilet popular. We can thank him for making it a common appliance for us all.
- The last nickname for the toilet is ‘the Throne’, which is another common nickname. It got its name due to the fact that the King was believed to always be seated on two thrones, either the one in the hall or the one in his room. Based on that aspect, we’re all royalty in our own homes.
There are a few other nicknames for the toilet but these are the only ones that have some history other than being a slang word behind their name.
5. THE MOST FAMOUS PLUMBERS
Who are the most famous plumbers in the world? Yes, that’s right, there are two of them and they don’t come off as plumbers when you see them. Not surprisingly, everybody knows the answer to this question. Mario and Luigi are the most iconic pair of plumbers that take plumbing to a whole new level. Searching for their princesses in the pipes, they might not get any repairs done but they’re always there to save the day.
While the plumbers in San Antonio, TX don’t claim to save princess in pipes, they’re definitely skilled enough to ensure that you don’t face any problems in the pipes and drains of your home. However, when you’re searching for a plumber, you don’t have to consider their history knowledge. As long as they’re up to date regarding their plumbing knowledge and methodology, you know you will get quality results when you are working with them.
If you are looking for reliable and good plumbers in San Antonio, TX, get in touch with us. At Blue Frog Plumbing, our experts are knowledgeable and can easily fix any problems regarding the plumbing and drainage system with ease. Call us now on (210) 876-1629 for more information or to set up an appointment to have our team come and evaluate the plumbing system of your home for you.