Did you know that the word “plumber” dates all the way back to the early Roman Empire. In ancient Rome, pipes were made using lead, which in latin is called “plumbum”. The abbreviation of the chemical element lead on the periodic table still is Pb. People who worked with lead were called Plumbarius. This name was over time shortened to the word plumber that we use today.
Archaeologists have found portions of an early water plumbing system for the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. The use of indoor plumbing for palaces date back to as early as 2500 BC.
The #1 material used for plumbing work in the 20th century world is copper, this is the same material that the Egyptians used to lay their own pipe over 3000 years ago!
Down in a tomb of China’s Han Dynasty (206 BC to 24 AD), archaeologists have discovered a 2,000-year-old “toilet”. This device came complete with running water, a stone seat and even a comfortable armrest! This is until today the earliest-known water closet, like the ones we use today.
Although there is no hard evidence, it is believed that the English plumber, Thomas Crapper, may have bought the patent rights of the modern-day toilet from another man – Albert Giblin – and marketed the concept as his own invention.
Since 1963 (the year CDA was established), over 28 billion feet (about 5.3 million miles) of copper plumbing pipes have been installed in U.S. alone. That’s enough copper piping to coil wrap around the Earth more than 200 times.
Albert Einstein, one of the greatest scientists of all times was named an honorary member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union. after saying publicly that he would become a plumber if he had to do it all over again.
"If I had my life to live over again, I'd be a plumber."
The famous and often controversial rockstar Ozzy Osbourne left school at 15 and was then employed as a plumber’s apprentice before forming his first band, Rare Breed in 1967.
The world’s two most famous plumbers are probably Mario and Luigi from Nintendo’s video game series “Super Mario Brothers”.