With modern lifestyles, it is hard to imagine life without a plumbing system. Pipes are a conduit for most things, be it gas lines or water lines. They have to be built to a certain standard that agrees with both safety and building code requirements. Pipes not only deliver our main household utilities but also collect the waste from our use of its conveyance.
But somehow, we still take plumbing for granted. This might be because plumbing is usually hidden in the walls, and we don’t see it working, but to really appreciate what pipes do, consider if your house still had historical plumbing!
To understand what historical plumbing can or can’t do, you must have the lowdown of how modern plumbing has impacted modern lifestyles. As far back as Greek times, engineers had designed ways to channel water—they used aqua ducts for irrigation and city water. However, the history of plumbing suggests that the flushing toilet was first used in Crete about 3000 years ago. If you can imagine the unsanitary and septic conditions without running water, then you will begin to see why modern plumbing is so very helpful
Another benefit is that we do not use as much water as before to conduct our activities. Water conservation and sanitation are crucial given the increased calls for the sustainable use of water. If we still had historic plumbing, we would be constantly worried that the water would become contaminated, since they lacked the elaborate water treatment systems used in modern plumbing. We also have the pleasure of utilizing a filtration system that guarantees the water we consume is safe.
Lastly, we have heated water round the clock, something historical plumbing was not so fortunate to be able to offer. We have progressed to developing vacuum systems that don’t use as much water and ensure that waste does not become transmitted to anyone. Looking back, though, while historical plumbic was beautiful, most of their plumbing was incorporated right into the design of the house. In this way, modern plumbing could pay homage to aesthetics, but not the science, of age-old plumbing.