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As a general rule, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about functional bathrooms or ancient plumbing innovations.  But indoor plumbing has a longer history than you might think.  In fact, the history of plumbing goes back to ancient times.

 

Ancient Pakistan/India
a drain at Lothal, India
a drain at Lothal, India

The Indus Valley Civilization was a Bronze Age civilization found in South Asia, lasting from 3300 BCE until 1300 BCE.  Standardized earthen pipe systems found in their urban settlements are one of the earliest examples of ancient plumbing.  Wells within buildings and drains in the floors of bathing areas are some early innovations.  In addition, they had bathrooms with septic tanks, very similar to modern day bathrooms.

 

Ancient China

Earthen pipes used as part of sewer systems helped with both rain water and waste water in Chinese cities as far back as 4000 years ago.  Similarly, hollow bamboo reed carried fresh water to and from ancient salt mines.

Ancient Mesopotamia
Shaduf
Shaduf

The city of Babylon was one of the most magnificent cities of ancient times.  King Nebuchadnezzar II, around 600 BCE, had an extravagant palace with separate bathrooms and elaborate drainage.  He even had latrines with raised seats all connected to a covered sewage system.  One of the Ancient Wonders of the World is the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, reputed to belong of King Nebuchadnezzar II.  While the location of the Gardens remains disputed, there are numerous accounts of the Gardens themselves, as well as gardens throughout the region.  All of these gardens would have needed an extensive irrigation system to deliver water to the gardens from a nearby water source.  A combination of canals, dikes, pipes, and shadufs (a wooden beam with a fulcrum and a bucket on one end used to lift water to elevated troughs) were used to deliver water where it was needed.

Many of these ancient plumbing systems have crumbled with time and are no longer functional.  Let Acadian Plumbing help you keep your plumbing system in top condition.  Call us today for all of your plumbing needs.

 

 

Sources: https://www.qssupplies.co.uk/history-of-plumbing-timeline.html, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plumbing#History, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhkxD6bD2AY, https://www.ancient.eu/Hanging_Gardens_of_Babylon/, http://www.waterencyclopedia.com/Hy-La/Irrigation-Systems-Ancient.html



acadian plumbingEvery season presents issues for homeowners and Fall is no exception.  But there are some things that just shouldn’t be DIY’ed.  Take a closer look here at some plumbing issues that can be handled for you easily by a professional plumber, saving you money in the long run.

 

1) Blocked Drains:  As the leaves begin to fall, they cause a big mess in your sub-surface drainage system.   Wind, rain, and even traffic cause leaves to be blown into your home’s sub-surface drains, especially if you are unaware that your drain covers are damaged.   Call a professional plumber to have your sub-surface drainage system thoroughly checked.  Drain covers are often manufactured to fit a particular drain, consequently these should be measured and installed professionally.

2)  Water Heater:  As the ground cools, the water coming into your home cools as well.  Your water heater will need to work at double its capacity to heat the cold water.  The chances of your water heater failing increases as the temperature decreases.  Call a professional plumber to check and inspect your water heater to ensure hot water all winter long.
3)  Damaged/Broken Pipes:    When the water freezes and expands, pipes can crack or burst.  The best solution here is prevention.  Calling a professional plumber ensures that your pipes are insulated properly, from Styrofoam faucet covers to insulating pipe sleeves.
It often costs more money to fix damage from botched DIY jobs than it does to hire a professional plumber to do the job in the first place.  Acadian Plumbing’s employees have years of experience, giving them the insight and knowledge to tackle all of your plumbing needs, no matter the season.Acadian Plumbing


It’s summer…the kids are out of school…vacations are planned…..and the last thing you need are plumbing woes!  While plumbing problems can strike at any time, there are certain issues that seem to be more common in the summer months.  Here are a few plumbing issues that appear to be more common in the summertime.

 

  1. Washing Machine: Ahhh, summer days in the sand or the pool!!  Ball games, outdoor cookouts, and more!  All things we enjoy during the summer and all things that are guaranteed to increase your laundry.  When doing laundry, make sure to stay close to home so that if there are any problems, you can catch them quickly.  Move your machine slightly away from the wall to keep the water hose from kinking.  Speaking of the water hose, make to sure periodically examine them for leaks, cracks, or bulges.  And remember, the larger the load, the harder the machine has to work.  Keep to smaller load sizes to help avoid blockages which can lead to messy overflows.
  2. Drains: Drains are not designed to handle large amounts of sand, gravel, mud, or sea shells.  Make sure to hose off outdoors when coming in from the beach and to knock off debris from your clothes before washing.  Avoid bathing pets in the bathtub or make sure to trap fur and debris before it goes down the drain.  Your pipes will thank you.
  3. Sewer lines: Your sewer lines are probably the last thing on your mind most days, much less during the summer, but summer can be hard on your sewer lines too.  Heavy thunderstorms can cause the ground to become supersaturated.  This brings loose soil into pipes through small cracks, which in turn causes blockages, broken pipes, and causes sewer lines to back up into the house.  Also as tree roots search for water underground, they can cause damage and blockages to underground pipes.  On the opposite side, lack of rain can cause soil subsidence which causes underground pipes to sag and eventually break.  Video inspection of your pipes can keep you informed of the health of your plumbing.

 

These are just some of the issues that face your plumbing during the summer months.  A little home maintenance and attention is all it takes to avoid most of these issues.  But sometimes the job is bigger than you can handle on your own.  Acadian Plumbing is ready to assist you with all of your plumbing problems–large and small.  Call us today!!

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