It is said that Benjamin Franklin was not only the founder of electricity, but also who imported the first bathtub to America. So much for electricity and water not mixing, right? At that time, his bathtub – reportedly made of copper and more than six feet long – would have looked more like a mummy casket than a place to bathe.
By the 1920’s, most new building construction had indoor plumbing in the kitchen and at least one bathroom. Within 10 years, one bathroom was not enough and many homes featured two or even three. For existing homes, creative and unique ways were used to bring plumbing into the home for the kitchen. The demand for indoor plumbing fixtures such as kitchen sinks and bathroom faucets to be functional while visually appealing became an important factor for many homeowners.
Beginning in the 1950’s, indoor plumbing became commonplace in buildings in the United States no matter the original construction date. Fashionable toilets, faucets, sinks and overall plumbing fixtures have driven an industry. The kitchen is a focal point in most homes and can sell a home when it has all the amenities like a quiet garbage disposal, kitchen faucet with motion detection, and other high-tech appliances.
With the development of plumbing fixture technology comes the need for more available skilled plumbers. Today, there are more parts to be maintained and repaired – good examples are toilets that can change colors, soft-close toilet seats and the ever popular tankless water heater. That is why plumbing experts, like your friends at General Air Conditioning & Plumbing, suggest having a plumbing tune-up performed each year. This important plumbing maintenance takes care of inspecting your plumbing system and fixing minor problems that, if left unchecked, can increase utility bills and result in a plumbing disaster. Call The General!