A plumber’s profession is one of the oldest and has been admired by some of the best. Plumbers boast a tested and life changing history. The simple trade has improved hygiene for over 2,000 years and will continue to do so. Now, it is a plumber’s job to also improve the conservation of water. This priceless resource is used most by appliances under a plumber’s care. Their widespread proper installation and care can save millions of gallons of water a year. Plumbers also play a large part in everyday lives by managing appliances that are used on average five or more times a day. Below are some specific, interesting facts about a plumber’s different roles and unique history.

A Famous Lineage

Being a plumber enters you into a league with some of the best and most famous. Albert Einstein, also known as the father of modern physics, aspired to be a plumber and announced that he would be if given the chance to repeat a few things. After this sentiment, the scientist was indoctrinated into the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union as an honored member. Einstein may be the best of the best, but Mario and Luigi are two of the most famous plumbers around. First appearing in 1981, the two plumbers have been winning the hearts of generations with their quest to rescue the princess Peace. The brothers give the trade of plumber a heroic characterization.

An Ancient History

Being a plumber connects someone with a past profession that begins in ancient Egypt, China and Greece. Three thousand years ago, copper piping was first used for plumbing by the Egyptians. Using the same material we use to today, Egyptians have one of the earliest working pipe systems. Copper is the number one material currently used by plumbers and enough has been used inside modern day buildings to wrap the Earth hundreds of times. The earliest known toilet has been discovered in China. Two thousand years old, the toilet used running water and has stone armrests. The Greeks are known for the earliest use of separate underground water and sewage systems. The term plumber, also, has a Latin origin.

A Priceless Resource

Being a plumber brings someone up close and personal with our planet’s most value resource. Fresh water is an irreplaceable and necessary need for everyday life. Only about two percent of our planet’s water is fresh and less than half of that is useable. In the everyday home, millions of gallons of this precious resource are wasted on a yearly basis. With their knowledge and equipment, a plumber’s most significant function is in preserving fresh water as a natural resource. Nine thousand gallons of water are wasted each year by families who run their faucet while waiting their water to heat up. Leaky faucets waste another 180 gallons per month.  Plumbers can warn families and help them save money while conserving water. They can even recommend and install low flush toilets and other equipment that can save as much as eighteen thousand gallons of water a year.

A Daily Function

Being a plumber makes you a necessary part of an everyday person’s life. The average person spends about three years of their life sitting on a toilet and visits it up to eight times a day. A plumber sees to this device’s installation and maintenance.  In doing so, they maintain the one in ten thousand chance a person has of being injured during one of their many daily visits. A properly maintained toilet can last fifty years of more and survive more than 146,000 thousand visits during its lifetime. Being one of the most used devices, a toilet also uses more water than any other appliance in an average household. Ensuring its functionality is a priority in saving money, conserving water and everyday life.

A Cultural Anthropology

Being a plumber makes you a contributor to anthropology and the way a society functions. Since the average person sits on a toilet up to eight times a day, plumbers ensure the functionality of this behavior and its continuation. They are the caretakers of thrones and their plumbing around the world. Everywhere, the purpose of a toilet stays the same. It is to dispose of an individual’s excrement in a sanitary way. However, how it disposed can vary culturally. Plumbers set up these cultural differences and play a key role in the anthropological and philosophical conclusions that come from them. Recently Zizek, a philosopher, has stated that the plumbing facilities of Germany, France and Britain match their respected countries’ cultural attitudes. In Germany, poop is caught to allow for examination. This, of course, fits the German stereotype of being too distracted by thought and contemplation. In France, waste instantly disappears. This matches the country’s association with radical change.  Britain’s pragmatism is reflected in their toilets’ allowance for excrement to disappear slowly.

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