Albert Einstein Wanted to be a Plumber

Did you know that the plumbing profession dates all the way back to the Roman Empire?  The word plumber itself is derived from the Latin word for lead, “plumbum,” as at the time water pipes were commonly made from that material.   In those days, anyone with a good working knowledge of lead could be called a plumber.

Over time, the profession of plumber has evolved to a highly skilled trade requiring proper training and licensing.  In addition to commonly needed water leak detection, plumbers work with water heaters, gas leaks, sewage lines, water treatment and conditioning, storm water management, drain cleaning, garbage disposals, sink installation, and so much more.

None other than Albert Einstein himself considered plumbing to be a noble trade.  Einstein strongly disliked the mixing of science with politics, and encouraged fellow scientists to refuse to testify before Congress.  In 1954, due to this very issue, he was quoted as saying, “If I would be a young man again and had to decide how to make my living, I would not try to become a scientist or scholar or teacher. I would rather choose to be a plumber in the hope to find the modest degree of independence still available under present circumstances.”  As a result of this comment, the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union in Washington, D.C. made him an honorary plumber.

At Barker & Sons, we are proud to serve all of your Orange County Plumbing needs.  We offer professional, prompt, and courteous service with the integrity inherent to Einstein’s beliefs.  Family owned and operated for 28 years, we are staffed with 4 generations of plumbers who are fully trained and licensed in all of the latest plumbing technology.   We are available to personally answer your call 24/7 at (714) 630-8766.