HOT WATER ON DEMAND
If you wanted to take a hot bath in the 19th century, you either had to let the sun do its thing or boil the water. And if you let the sun heat up your water, you had to wait a very long time.
Can you imagine what people thought when water heaters were made available for the very first time?
If you stop for a moment and think about it, indoor plumbing is truly a modern marvel. The network of pipes required to get water to all of your sinks, appliances and other places is both complex and fascinating.
For a long time, indoor plumbing was a novelty that was only used by hotels and the very wealthy. In fact, kitchen sinks didn’t become common in households until the latter part of the 19th century.
Don’t even ask what happened in the years before the invention and installation of underground sewer lines. The thought alone is enough to make you shudder and put you off your lunch.
The city of New York installed underground sewer lines only after complaints mounted over the smell of open sewers. Ewwww.
THE TOILET THAT FLUSHES
Thomas Crapper may not have invented the flushable toilet, but he was the one who made them popular. At one point, flushable toilets were around, but nobody really knew about them. Mr. Crapper changes this when he dedicated his career to sanitary engineering and began to market bathroom fittings. Thanks to him, we have flushable toilets in nearly every house and an unfortunate name association.
THE WATER CLOSET
Thanks to the fact that privacy is timeless, versions of the water closet have been around for a very long time. However, water closets didn’t become a household staple until the early 20th century.
The way people used bathrooms before the indoor water closet will definitely send shivers down your first-world spine. If you have ever used a port-a-potty in the winter, you have a good idea just how unpleasant it was.
So, the next time you take a hot shower or enjoy a good book while taking care of business, remember that people didn’t always have it so good. And keep this in mind next time you call American Drain Company for plumbing service. It could be worse, you could be having to use an outhouse.