Unusual plumbing done around the world

Hygiene routines, plumbing systems and the standard of cleanliness is conceived differently in different parts of the world. So we gathered this interesting list of plumbing systems done around the world.

Time for a squat

Before you get tricked into thinking that this is a lousy job done by a dodgy plumber, read this.

Turkish toilets, also commonly known as the squat toilet, consist of a bowl installed at the ground level requiring the person to squat rather than sit gracefully on the porcelain throne, when doing their business.

While it may sound weird, this is quiet popular in Asia and Middle East, primarily due to their lower cost. The plumbing functions identically as with the other kind of toilets Australians are familiar with.


Heated roads! Seriously?

Winters can be harsh in Sydney but not as much as in Iceland. With the lowest temperature in Iceland dropping below -30 degree C, it’s no surprise that these guys have a smart system in place to make survival easier.

To prevent cars from skidding due to ice and pedestrians slipping, the country has installed hot water pipes under their roads and footpaths. Clever idea, though an expensive one.

Today, other colder parts of the world including Canada and Scandinavia have borrowed the idea and implemented it.


Rome’s Aqueducts

Rome is famous for many things including its ancient masters of engineering. Roman techniques to collect, store, and channel water over huge distances remains unsurpassed even today as they developed aqueducts, a vast network of pipes, channels, and bridges quenching Romans’ thirst.

Thanks to the aqueducts, free public access to baths also became a highly valued privilege of Roman civic life.


Mixer tap? What’s that!

Burn or freeze, no choice in between. UK has certainly some of the quirkiest bathroom trends that will leave you puzzled. A different tap for hot water and another one for cold water.

Apparently this tradition dates back to a time when hot and cold water were kept spectate to avoid water contamination.

Cold water came from a mains supply and was fit for drinking. Hot water was serviced by a local storage cistern often situated in the loft.

Despite the introduction of mixer taps, UK continued using spectate taps so visually impaired people would know which sides hot and cold water is.

So these were some fun facts about how plumbing is done around the world. Hope you liked it. We are you licensed plumbers in Sydney and surrounding suburbs, so if you find any problems with your household plumbing, give us a call and we would be more than happy to help.


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