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The Evolution of Plumbing
When Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air began in 1908, indoor plumbing in the United States – like electricity – was just becoming common. It is said that Benjamin Franklin was not only the founder of electricity, but he also imported the first bathtub to America. Who says electricity and water don’t mix? At that time, his bathtub – made of copper and six feet long – would have looked more like a mummy casket.
By the 1920s, most new building construction had indoor plumbing in the kitchen and at least one bathroom. Within 10 years, people were already looking to add another bathroom because one toilet just wasn’t enough. For existing homes, creative and unique ways were used to bring plumbing into the home for the kitchen, which often resorted to sinks added to the back porch. The demand for kitchen sinks and bathroom faucets to be functional while visually appealing emerged quickly as home decorating continued to be an important factor for many homeowners.
Since the 50s, indoor plumbing is expected in buildings in the United States no matter the original construction date. Fashionable toilets, faucets, sinks and overall plumbing fixtures have driven an industry. A kitchen can sell a home today when it has all the bells and whistles 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 skilled plumbers. Today, there are more parts to be maintained and repaired due to toilets that can change colors, soft-close toilet seats and the ever popular tankless water heater. That is why plumbing experts like Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air suggest having a plumbing tune-up performed each year. This important plumbing maintenance takes care of inspecting and fixing minor plumbing repairs that can end up costing you big on your utility bills and potentially be the cause of a plumbing disaster. Call Dixie, and it’s done!