By Charley Parker on 24/09/2017

Fun Facts About Drains…


Drain Doctor are going to share a few remarkable and interesting facts about drains and plumbing. We know that when you take the time to think about drains, it’s usually when they don’t work and are causing you hassle. But admittedly, we really would be pretty lost without them. Firstly, we will begin with the intriguing history of drains.


2500 BC – Egyptians

The Egyptians were one of the first documented civilisations to have created drainage systems. Water was a huge part of their purification rituals, so it was important to have clean, healthy water.


1700 BC – The Minoans

In Knossos on the Greek Island of Crete, The Minoan Palace has four whole drainage systems. These systems emptied sewage into vast sewers made of stone


800 BC – 4th Century AD – The Romans

The Romans not only laid strong, straight roads, they also created sewer systems in Rome that were known as Cloaca Maxima. Now, we all know that the Romans loved their baths and to ensure that they enjoyed the luxurious soak that they so desired, they needed clean and safe water.

The Romans famously invented the aqueduct, some of which are still used today to supply bath houses with water. They didn’t stop there; by 4th century AD Rome had 1,352 fountains, 11 public bath houses and a breathtaking 856 private baths.


1775 – England

Our very own Alexander Cumming patented the two-piece flushing toilet design. In fact, his basic design is still used today, although it was improved by Joseph Bramar in 1778.


1870 – England

Thomas Twyford created a revolutionary one-piece toilet – complete without any metal parts. He was the first one to create a wholly ceramic toilet. This is the type of toilet that you’ll see in stores mostly today. 


If you have any questions or concerns or indeed are encountering any drainage issues, then why not contact us for some help and advise on 01865389804 or 08000154767 or visit ourwebsite for further information on all the services we provide.


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