This month, we thought we’d try something a little different with our blog. Below are some facts about plumbing you may or may not know!
What are the job duties of a plumber?
Plumbers specialise in the installation and maintenance of water systems. In Jewelbic’s case, we are also gas plumbers and specialise in the installation and maintenance of gas systems. Like electricians, plumbers are required to obtain a license in order to carry out their duties. Plumbing and gas contractors are experts in various aspects of industrial, domestic, and communal pipe work. These include various systems such as water heating (a classic example of the plumbing and gas fitting crossover), water treatment, drainage, sewer networks, dynamics of water flow, water storage, temperature adjustment, and dangers of water hazards.
How did the word “Plumber” come about?
The ancient Romans used pipes and conduit made from lead in their roofing. As a result, plumbers get their name from the Latin word “plumbum” which translates to “lead”. High school science class may also jog your memory, even more so if you were a chemistry student using the metallic element Pb in your equations.
Pipes have been made from other substances
While Romans used lead, ancient Egyptians used copper, and once upon a time, 19th century USA used wooden pipes.
Albert Einstein was a plumber!
Interestingly, Albert Einstein admired the plumbing profession and was quoted in November of 1954 by The Reporter:
“If I would be a young man again and had to decide how to make my living, I would not try to become a scientist or scholar or teacher. I would rather choose to be a plumber in the hope to find that modest degree of independence still available under present circumstances.”
As a result, Albert Einstein was granted an honourary membership of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union in Washington D.C.
This honourary membership, in effect, made him a plumber. The new title pleased Einstein, although he wasn’t looking for praise. However, Einstein is not the most famous plumber.
Who is the most famous plumber?
Believe it or not, the most famous plumber in history is Mario from Nintendo’s Mario Brothers, having featured in over 200 video games since the 1980s.
What a load of crap, John!
Well, yes. Thomas Crapper improved previous iterations of the toilet to modernise the current day flushing toilet in the mid 19th century. But the actual invention of the flushing toilet occurred in 1596 at the hands of Sir John Herrington, which is why you’ll hear his name floating around in reference to the household throne.
Plumbers are unsung heroes!
It’s true! We work very hard, on very demanding jobs. We also have skills and knowledge about the basic necessity which every civilization needs – water! Plumbers ensure people have access to potable drinking water and clean water for bathing.
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