Top 3 Plumbing Advances San Diego Plumbers Give Thanks For
As Thanksgiving approaches, we give thanks to these top three plumbing advances. We also pause, and take a moment to remember the days of yore when the plumbing concept was in its infancy. May we be forever grateful for the modern technological plumbing advances that have allowed us to live our lives free of disease, excess waste odors, and chilly or rainy outhouse visits.
Then: In 2,000 BC, India managed to construct pipes that carried human waste underground towards drains, with the waste pushed down from poured water in a pot. During the medieval times, chamber pots carrying human waste were simply deposited into the streets with channels that operated as open sewage ditches. But by the early 1880s, we realized that, when human waste eventually runs into our local rivers, it results in a cholera outbreak.
Now: Of course we do not use chamber pots anymore, and our piping system now carries our human waste to sewage treatment plants, where there is no fear of waste water mixing with our drinking water, causing illnesses and disease. And in the late 1980s, Japan was the first country to introduce “sensor flushing,” which eliminates the use of a cord or even a lever to flush down water. The waste just disappears without any effort on our part.
Reaching Sewer and Drain Lines
Then: When treating a clogged sewer line, it used to involve digging up your yard, locating the pipe, dismantling the pipe, lifting it up out of the ground, inspecting it, fixing it, and then replacing it. Our poor yards took the brunt of the damage, becoming an eyesore in the neighborhood.
Now: Plumbers can simply insert a mechanical snake into the drain, with a camera attached to it. This immediately detects the exact location of the clog via a live feed. Jets of water with extreme force can then be pumped into the pipe, which usually corrects the clogging issue without having to waste manpower digging, locating, and ruining the poor yard. Should the jets of water not correct the problem, then a “trenchless” solution can be used, in which two small slivers are cut into the yard on either side of the problem pipes, and the pipe is then carefully slid out and corrected, minimizing damage to the yard.
Then: In our ancient civilization, around 5,000 BC, mankind understood that digging a well deep underground could produce a fresh supply of water. This had drawbacks, however, as contamination from the surface was common, resulting in waterborne diseases. Our ancient ancestors also developed a system of water delivery relying on channels made from clay, bamboo, stone or wood for their drinking supply. Eventually pipes were constructed from hollowed-out logs. Then by the 1800s, iron pipes were used for bringing drinking water into homes; however, iron has since been proven to cause lead poisoning.
Now: Today our local plumbing systems use a network of high-pressure pumps to supply water. And pipes today are made of copper, brass or plastic, with the drain lines made of plastic, steel, cast-iron, or lead. It was not until 1986 that lead was banned for use in drinking water in the U.S. because of its dangerous association with lead poisoning.
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