The History of Plumbing in the U.S.
In the early 1800s growing cities in the Northeast and Midwest were desperate to end the practice of letting disease-carrying raw sewage run down their streets. The deplorable conditions and horrid odor took the charm out of life in a bustling city. Also, firefighters needed easily accessible water supply to combat blazes in the mostly wooden structures.
The First Plumbing Systems in the U.S.
The first sewer pipes in the U.S. were made from hollowed-out logs. However, with the advent of steam-powered water pumps, the pressure multiplied in wooden pipes, and new materials were necessary. The history of plumbing in America really begins in 1804 in Philadelphia; the first city in the world to use cast iron pipes for its water and sewage system, and the first in the U.S. to build a citywide waterworks. In 1869, Chicago unveiled a feat of water and sewer engineering that surpassed that of Philadelphia’s and was news around the world.
Indoor Plumbing Comes to America
Rural areas remained far behind their developed counterparts and many did not get running water, through the use of hand pumps, until the 1950s or 60s. For a lot of communities, this was 20 years after they had received electricity. The White House did not get running water until 1833, and even then, it was only available on the main floor. In 1829, the swanky Tremont hotel in Boston was the first hotel to have indoor plumbing. This captured the nation’s imagination, and the wealthy began to covet such outrageous luxuries.
According to the plumber.com, in-depth history of plumbing in America, the U.S. would go on to create standards and issue regulations for health and safety in plumbing and sewage that still lead the world. If your old wooden pipes are giving you problems, contact us.
And that is where we are today!
Here at Bison, we take the responsibility of protecting our waterways, drinking water and your properties seriously. By setting a new standard in our industry we hope to raise ALL our competitor's standards as well. We believe by our hard work, dedication, cleanliness, and professionalism we can achieve our goals of making a difference. While doing and accomplishing all this at a reasonable cost.
We offer a huge line of quality plumbing services. Here is a list of what we offer:
- Toilet repairs or replacements
- Garbage disposals
- Water heaters
- A large arsenal of drain cleaning equipment
- Whole-home pipe systems
- Underground sanitary & storm line repairs
- Sewer repairs
- Sump pumps
- Water-driven backup pumps
- Backflow preventers
- Backwater valves
- Pressure reducing valves
- Emergency shutoff valves
- Washing machine hook-ups
When Bison is on the job you can rest assured your job will be done right, on time, and for a fair price. With your help and a little hard work, we can help keep our systems and infrastructures operating efficiently for generations to come.