For centuries, Gastonia Plumbers have been performing a vital role in society, working to protect the health and prosperity of mankind by ensuring the safe and efficient supply and disposal of water.
The term “plumber” derives from the Latin “plumbarius”, meaning “lead worker”. Romans worked lead into early examples of pipes, baths and storage cisterns. It was not until the industrial revolution of the late 18th century that plumbing emerged as an important tool in the fight against disease, as rapid urbanization led to sharp increases in deaths caused by water-borne epidemics.
Rapid advances in plumbing technology have enabled today’s plumbers to meet the needs of the modern world, with its ever-expanding population and growing health and lifestyle expectations. The work of plumbers and plumbing designers now extends beyond water supply and sanitation to encompass the supply of gas, as well as air conditioning and refrigeration.
In the 21st century, the World Plumbing Council defines plumbing as “work associated with the provision of water supply pipework including, without limitation, that used for fire-fighting; all forms of space heating; gas installations; sanitary appliances; discharge pipework and drainage; the weathering of structures and buildings.”
Plumbing professionals are essentially involved in the application of hydraulic engineering principles to convey fluids to and from fixtures within a building or vehicle.