When beginning a new build or remodeling project, the various codes, requirements, and regulations can become quite frustrating. That’s why we wanted to take the time to provide some history on how the Plumbing industry developed and why we have the plumbing codes we do today. The plumbers at Holloway Plumbing are fully licensed and regularly receive training so that they can service Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Boerne, and surrounding areas as efficiently and professionally as possible. Not too long ago, Plumbers were not required to be licensed, and many lacked knowledge or skills to deal with ever improving and developing technology. At the beginning of major plumbing developments in the United States, technology often developed faster than plumbers could learn, which lead to mistakes, and sometimes death. In 1934, Major Joel Connolly, Chief Inspector of the Chicago Bureau of Sanitary Engineering, spoke these prophetic: “Plumbing demands the very best, painstaking effort that thoroughly qualified, certified plumbers can give in every building, and especially where the systems are complicated and extensive, and where large numbers of people may be affected by contamination of water.”

Thus, codes, licenses, and requirements had to be developed to standardize the plumbing industry. Today, the International Plumbing Code (IPC) is a plumbing code and standard which sets minimum requirements for plumbing systems in their design and function, and also sets out rules for the acceptances of new plumbing-related technologies. It is published by the International Code Council based in Washington, D.C., and updated on a three year cycle to include the latest advances in technology and safest plumbing practices. The IPC protects public health and safety in buildings for all water and wastewater related design, installation and inspection by providing minimum safeguards for people at homes, schools and workplace. Water heaters, anti-scalding devices, backflow prevention methods, water pipe sizing and many other such issues are addressed in the IPC. These policies help standardize products so that people all over the US, and the world, can share best building practices and techniques, which also improves transferability of experts such as architects, engineers, code officials, building inspectors, and other building professionals among those different areas.

While we are highly germ-conscious today, things were not always so. In the early developments of cities, people had no regard for how their human waste mingled with nearby water sources. They would regularly dump their chamber pots onto the streets below, which would eventually end up polluting their water and cause horrible diseases. With waves of cholera, typhus and typhoid fever sweeping the country, the people turned to the resources of government to investigate the causes.

In 1868, twenty years after the development of the English Public Health Code, the New York Metropolitan Board of Health was the first such health board in the United States. Two years later, its Metropolitan Health Law was considered the most complete health legislation in the world. The nature of ground water was studied, as were drainage, sewage, water supply, garbage disposal and location and characteristics of water closets. The plumber, long vilified in early years, became a Sanitarian who could prevent the spread of disease and save people by providing effective waste removal plans and plumbing systems to provide access to fresh, clean water. The idea of sanitary plumbing systems within buildings soon spread throughout Europe. While it took over 30 years to fully standardize various plumbing items and fixtures we see today, we have plumbers to thank for the health and cleanliness of the United States and many other parts of the world.  All of this is possible because of the work of dedicated plumbers decades ago. While they may not receive much recognition, they are the heroes who keep the water safe, which keeps our families safe.

The friendly plumbers at Holloway Plumbers are fully knowledgeable on all codes and licenses and are honored to help keep your family safe by providing superior service. We are here to help all of our Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Boerne, & Texas Hill County neighbors with all of their plumbing needs. Feel free to contact us 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and our qualified technicians will help remedy any of your root intrusion or plumbing issues.

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