With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to reflect on the things in life that we’re thankful for the most. Here at Moe Plumbing, we’re thankful for our friends, our families, and our customers who have continued to support and trust us to solve their plumbing issues, even in the midst of this topsy-turvy year that has been anything but ordinary.
However, we’re also thankful for a number of plumbing advancements that make modern life possible how we enjoy it today. In this blog, we’ll take a look at four of these inventions and discuss how they have changed how we live and why we feel they’re worthy of being thankful for.
First on the list, we’re thankful for water heaters. Before the mechanical, automated water heater, getting hot water was a long, labor-intensive, and tedious process. You’ve probably seen it in movies or on television, in fact: people would fill large pots with water and then stick the pot over the fire until it boiled. Large pots of water could take well over an hour to bring up to temperature through this method, and you were essentially limited to the amount of hot water you could boil in a single pot since the already-heated water would probably cool off again by the time any extra pots reached their temperature.
Today, water heaters have taken an even greater step forward with the advent of the tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters do away with many of the frustrating problems that tank-style water heaters inherently had to deal with, such as the nasty habit of running out of hot water. With their superior longevity, these systems will provide you with the hot water you need in an instant and energy-efficient manner.
Garbage disposals have been outstanding for our homes in a number of ways. Not only do they make getting rid of food quick and easy, but in doing so they actually radically improve our quality of life. Thanks to garbage disposals, we have a fast and convenient way of getting rid of food waste that would simply rot and create nasty odors when thrown in a conventional garbage bin, either indoors or out. Odors not only make life unpleasant, but they also attract pests like rats, mice, roaches, and plenty of other bugs. With a garbage disposal, you can safely and effectively get rid of this waste
However, do be careful what you put down the disposal this Thanksgiving—starchy foods like potatoes, stringy foods like celery, fats like bacon or turkey drippings, and shells from things like eggs all tend to form into clogs that backup your disposal, resulting in the need for a pesky drain cleaning service.
There may not have been a plumbing advancement that was more beneficial and advantageous to public health and well-being than the public sewer system. Public sewers eliminated odors, cleaned up our streets, and greatly reduced the spread of now-rare diseases that used to be immensely common. Before public sewers, waste-borne diseases like cholera, hepatitis, and so much more were a huge cause of death around the world. Today, many of these diseases have been relegated to almost complete obscurity thanks to a safe and effective way of getting rid of our disease that keeps it away from the general public.
Don’t live on a property with a public sewer connection? You more than likely gain the same benefit from your septic system. These storage and treatment tanks offer you the same security and protection from the harmful effects of human waste without the need for extensive public infrastructure.
Before the public water system reached the levels of safety we enjoy today, our water supply wasn’t the cleanest. Cleaning water for drinking meant the tedious process of boiling it to kill off any bacteria and viruses, and that took time, energy, and a lot of effort. Today, we’re privileged to enjoy clean, running water from virtually any tap in our home, but our tap water isn’t always the cleanest it can be.
That’s why we’re extremely thankful for water filtration systems. These systems have advanced immensely over the last few decades, and today’s systems can remove even some of the smallest particles from our drinking water. Likewise, they do so with speed and efficiency that’s completely unmatched—even processing water at a rate fast enough to support several running fixtures or appliances at once!Happy Thanksgiving from our family here at Moe Plumbing to yours! If you encounter a problem with these or any other issue this holiday season, give our team a call at (818) 396-8002 to request your service appointment.