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Celebrating World Plumbing Day: What Would Life in Seattle be Like Without Plumbing?

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worldplumbingdayWorld Plumbing Day was created by the World Plumbing Council (WPC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to recognize the innovations made in plumbing as well as to raise awareness about the integral role it plays in the lives and health of the global population. Celebrated annually on March 11, World Plumbing Day is the perfect day to appreciate exactly how much plumbing makes your life easier.

At Raymark Plumbing & Sewer, we honor the message behind World Plumbing Day each and every day by serving the Seattle community. It’s what we’ve done for nearly 40 years! Our variety of professional plumbing services were created with your safety and satisfaction in mind. We appreciate the advances made by plumbers that came before us and use the latest plumbing technology to diagnose and resolve plumbing problems.

Life in Seattle would be so different without today’s plumbing technology! Here’s how.

Water workout

Without indoor plumbing, collecting water on a daily basis was a necessity. Not only was this time consuming but having to haul water back to your home was a workout. Having a well nearby was considered an asset. Without a well, people collected water from rivers or other bodies of water. Having to travel long distances to find safe water was also common.

A cold, dirty bath

Imagine not only having to haul water inside your home but having to heat it on the stove just to take a bath. Not only was it heated and poured into a basin, but bath water was shared by the entire family. Bathing daily wasn’t a common practice because of the work involved with making a bath. It’s hard to believe that one hundred years ago, less than 14% of American homes had bathtubs!

Laundry languish

If you think going to the laundromat in Seattle is a chore, imagining doing all your laundry by hand like people did before the invention of the washing machine. Even the earliest models of washing machines were powered by hands. Prior to that, laundry had to be done by hand using a washboard or beaten over rocks in the river.

No toilets indoors

Does using a public portapotty make you appreciate your toilet at home? Imagine having to use one all the time, several times a day, all year round! That’s what life was like in the late 1800’s, when only 5% of American homes had running water. During that time, outhouses were still very popular.

Questionable water quality

The risk of contracting a waterborne illness sharply increases without plumbing and sanitation systems. Globally, 1 in 10 people lack access to clean drinking water, which is why the message of World Plumbing Day is so important.

This World Plumbing Day let’s take time out to recognize and celebrate the amazing progress made in plumbing technology thanks to plumbers worldwide. Raymark Plumbing & Sewer is proud to be a part of that! Call us today for reliable Seattle plumbing services! Happy World Plumbing Day!

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