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If you are a plumber, you can work on a shed, or you can work on a mansion. It’s just scale.

Martin Freeman

There is a group of unsung heroes who have brought to everyone in the world the convenience and comfort of life as we know it over the past years. Every day they work to ensure that people have water flowing to their homes, that the toilet washes away the unmentionable results of being human, and that those clothes can all be washed and take away the dirt that had soiled them. And, of course, these fabulous people are known as plumbers!

National Hug A Plumber Day reminds everyone across the world to sing the praises of these important men and women who make sure that modern living remains clean.

History of National Hug A Plumber Day

The history of plumbers goes as far back as the birth of indoor plumbing and sewers, as well as being responsible for the spread of civilization away from naturally occurring bodies of fresh water. Initially, people who performed plumbing activities would have worked to ensure that all of the wastewater from a community was piped into the river or another body of water the community was built on.

But, as time and infrastructure improved, plumbing experts would have been hired to build massive pipelines that brought fresh water inland and moved sewage away to treatment plants where it could be passed into natural waterways.

Of course, the most visible, and arguably one of the most important, variety of plumbers are those who provide service for all of the homes in a community.

When a family has a leak in their home, it’s time to call the plumber. Is the toilet clogged and the plunger just isn’t doing the job? Better call a plumber!

Building a new home and need to make sure it’s all piped correctly? Plumbers are there to make sure that the new home will remain comfortable for years to come.

It’s also important to remember that calling a plumber can actually be helpful for saving water, which makes the environment more sustainable and also saves on regular water bills. Plumbers can help to stop dripping faucets, which can waste gallons and gallons of water. They can help homeowners and business owners to upgrade to more eco-friendly toilets, shower heads, and drainage pipes.

National Hug A Plumber Day reminds people that they have many of their modern comforts because of their tireless efforts, and giving them a hug is the least that can be done to thank them!

National Hug a Plumber Day Timeline

300 BC

Romans start building aqueducts 

Wealthy Roman rulers and others have a system of aqueducts built to deliver water through pipes, tunnels, canals and bridges.[1]


First flushable toilet is created 

Invented by Sir John Harington, the godson of Queen Elizabeth I, the first modern flushable toilet is invented.[2]


First indoor plumbing installed at a hotel 

The Tremont Hotel of Boston is the first to feature indoor plumbing for its guests with eight “water closets”.[3]


America’s first citywide sewer system is built 

In Chicago, Illinois, the flow of the river is reversed and canal construction is completed which helps transform the city into an international hub.[4]


First international plumbing codes are established

The International Code Council is created to ensure standards in plumbing projects around the world.[5]

How to Celebrate National Hug A Plumber Day

National Hug A Plumber Day is remarkably easy to celebrate! Try out some of the following ideas or come up with some of your own creative ways to appreciate a plumber:

Hug or Show Appreciation to Plumber

The first and most obvious way to celebrate this day is to find a friendly plumber in your life, gird yourself against the smell that often comes with such an unsavory job, and wrap them up in a big hug to thank them for doing the job that so few people will do!

Don’t know any plumbers well enough to hug them? Well, that’s okay! Appreciating them or saying a kind ‘thank you’ to them is certainly good 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. And National Hug a Plumber Day is the perfect time to do it.

Write a Positive Review for a Favorite Plumber

Offering positive online reviews for a local plumber is a great way to say thank you in observance of National Hug a Plumber Day. Recommend a favorite plumber to a friend, post some positive feedback on their website or give them a thumbs up on Google or other business pages. It’s a great way to say show bunches of appreciation and give them a virtual hug.

Learn More About Plumbing

One of the best ways to show a plumber how much they are appreciated is to learn a little bit more about their trade and the work that they do. Here are some interesting facts about plumbing to start with:

  • Standardized plumbing can be traced all the way back to 3000 BC 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.

Call a Plumber

For those who have been putting off getting that leaky faucet or shower head fixed, this is the perfect day to call a plumber! They’ll come help solve any plumbing problems and then they can be thanked personally on National Hug a Plumber Day for the important, but somewhat dirty, jobs they do.

National Hug A Plumber Day is a great time to remember these heroes and the efforts they put forth each and every day!

National Hug a Plumber Day FAQs

When is National Hug a Plumber Day?

National Hug a Plumber Day takes place each year on April 25th.[1]

What is National Hug a Plumber Day?

This day was created to celebrate and appreciate the way that plumbers serve their communities.[2]

How to celebrate National Hug a Plumber Day?

Of course, the best way to celebrate this day is to give a hug to a plumber, offer a plumber a shout out on social media, or provide them with a positive review.[3]

What to do on National Hug a Plumber Day?

National Hug a Plumber Day is a day to thank the plumber in your life and show some appreciation to these often overlooked heroes.[4]

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