Did you know where the word plumber comes from?

The term “plumber” has its origins in ancient Rome, dating back more than two thousand years. Interestingly, the Latin word for lead is “plumbum.” During the time of the Roman Empire, lead was extensively used for various purposes, including drainpipes, conduits, and even in the construction of baths. 

Skilled craftsmen who worked with lead were referred to as “Plumbarius” in Latin. Over time, this term evolved into “plumber” in the English language.

Although modern plumbing has advanced significantly since then, the prospect of needing a plumber’s assistance remains as daunting today as it was two millennia ago. Typically, a visit from a plumber signifies that something has gone awry in your plumbing system, such as leaks, backups, or water flow issues. Plumbing systems can be complex, especially considering that a significant portion of the network is concealed behind sealed walls, between floors, or in basements and attics. 

It’s easy to comprehend why it is crucial to seek the expertise of a professional plumber when faced with a genuine plumbing problem.

While the wonders of modern plumbing are quite a bit different from 2000 years ago, getting a visit from a plumber is no more a wonderful prospect today than it was 2000 years ago. It usually means something has gone wrong, and water is either leaking, backing up or not running. 

Plumbing systems can be quite intricate and when you compound the fact that so much of your plumbing network is hidden behind sealed walls, between floors, in basements or attics, it’s easy to understand why it’s critical to call a professional plumber when you have a real plumbing problem.

Why pipes out of sight shouldn’t ever be out of mind

Many of us have encountered familiar plumbing problems such as leaking pipes under the kitchen sink, dripping faucets in the bathroom, running toilets, or low water pressure.

However, we often overlook the fact that these everyday fixtures are interconnected behind walls, forming an intricate network of pipes responsible for circulating hot and cold water, managing waste, distributing natural gas, handling storm drain runoff, and facilitating essential air venting. 

At Emerson Plumbing, we specialize in the repair and maintenance of these concealed plumbing systems.

Our expertise lies in tracking down complex issues and possessing the knowledge of when, where, and how to access hidden areas by opening walls—a skill that sets us apart and defines our domain at EPS.