Odd Holiday: National Hug a Plumber Day


Monday April 25 marks National Hug a Plumber Day. Plumbers are the unsung heroes who make sure we have running water, a working toilet and many other modern conveniences.

According to information obtained from daysoftheyear.com, it is noted that as far back as 300 B.C. that the Romans built aqueducts to deliver water through pipes, canals and bridges. Also, the first flushable toilet was developed by Sir John Harington, the godson of Queen Elizabeth I in 1596. In 1829, “water closets” were installed and the very first indoor plumbing. This occurred at the Tremont Hotel of Boston. Following that in 1855, the river in Chicago, IL had flow reversed to allow for canal construction, which transformed the city into America’s first citywide sewer system. In 2003, the International Code Council was created to ensure standards in plumbing around the world.

So, how should we celebrate Hug a Plumber Day? Well, the most obvious way is to find a friendly plumber in your life and give them a warm hug. If you’re not comfortable with hugging, simply saying thank you is enough. “Every time a person takes a shower, washes their hands, gets a glass of water, or flushes the toilet, somewhere out there in the world there is a plumber to thank,” said daysoftheyear.com. Another way to say thank you is to write a positive review for a local plumber. Also just recommending your favorite plumber to a friend shows them your appreciation.

One can also simply learn more about plumbing. You can show your appreciation by educating yourself about the trade. Daysoftheyear.com provided some interesting facts about plumbing:

• Standardized plumbing can be traced all the way back to 3000 B.C. when pipes were used in the Indus River Valley civilization.

• The origin of the word “plumber” comes from the Latin word “plumbum” meaning “lead,” which is likely because that is the material the pipes were made from originally. This is also why lead is abbreviated as Pb on the periodic table. 

• The first faucet that allowed cold and hot water to flow with the turn of just one handle was invented in 1939 by Al Moen.

• Since 1963, tons of copper pipe has been installed in the US. In fact, it’s enough to wrap around the planet Earth 200 times.

In honor of National Hug a Plumber Day, consider the above information and be thankful for the modern conveniences provided by their trade.

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