On the History of Plumbing - Parker & Sons

It all began in 6500 BC, during Neolithic times, when humans dug water wells, to store water they would later transport by hand. For the first time, a civilization was able to exist far away from a river. Irrigation followed in the wake of wells, and as a result, civilization in the stone-age blossomed. But it was not until the great romanus popula that modern plumbing began to hit its stride.

Greeks and Roman

Much like anything worth mentioning in ancient history, the Greeks and Romans’ planted the seeds of innovation. In Crete, known as the Minoan civilization, the Grecians utilized the first in ground plumbing by burying an elaborate system of clay pipes for sanitation purposes and the water supply. The Greeks also invented the first flushable toilet, and some claim they used pressurized showers.  The romans of course, were even more advanced. They connected all their cities with an elaborate system of aqueducts and pipes that served drinking water to the people, and moved sewage away from the people and into rivers and oceans.

The Dark Ages

Some people may take indoor plumbing for granted, but they shouldn’t after they hear this. The bubonic plague, the largest epidemic ever to hit the world, destroyed almost a third of the entire population. The cause of the plague was directly due to chamber pots, a digression in plumbing innovation.  Basically, a chamber pot is a portable out house. In the dark ages people would literally toss the contents of the chamber pots out their window, into the streets of London.

Modern Plumbing

Nowadays, things look a lot brighter than the dark ages.  At Parker and Sons we send out almost a hundred plumbers a day to make sure the needs of the valley are met, and the dark ages will never occur again.

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