When Was Indoor Plumbing Invented?

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You probably don’t spend much time thinking about how amazing it is to have indoor plumbing in your Ponca City, OK, home. However, indoor plumbing is a relatively new invention. Read on to learn about when indoor plumbing was invented, including the different plumbing fixtures you probably use one or more times every day.


Toilets have been found by anthropologists in settlements from 1500 B.C. in Crete. At that time, the island had an extensive sanitary and septic sewer system. These toilets flushed. In 1775, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued Alexander Cummings a patent for the first flushing toilet.

Indoor Pipes

The White House was outfitted with indoor plumbing on the first floor in 1833. However, it was another 100 years before a typical American household could afford to retrofit indoor plumbing into their home or build a home that included it. A full indoor plumbing system was uncommon until the 1930s.


In 1937, Alfred Moen received a patent for a single-tap faucet. His mixer tap is still in use today. In the 1940s, plumbers stopped using lead pipes and started to use more copper and plastic pipes.


The first mechanical shower was invented in 1767. Before that, bathhouses were common. The first mechanical shower had no way to deliver hot water, so it was essentially like dumping a bucket of cold water over yourself. Modern showers evolved in the mid-20th century.

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