We are starting to see an increase in the smart technology available to use in our homes. Some of this technology can offer enhanced functionality, and these systems can help us to control our energy use more accurately. Many savvy homeowners are using smart technology now to upgrade their home plumbing systems. A smart plumbing system can be cleaner, safer, and far more efficient than a traditional system. In this article, we will look at three exciting new trends in smart plumbing systems.
- Hands Free Operation for Faucets and Plumbing Fixtures
We have seen the introduction of motion sensors in public bathrooms and other spaces with mixed results. The earlier sensors could be erratic in delivering water, but we now have infrared sensors available that are far more effective. When you don’t need to touch a faucet or plumbing fixture, it’s possible to have a far more sanitary experience. Also, the sensors can turn on and off automatically, and over the course of a year, this can save a great deal of water. A smart faucet cannot be turned on and forgotten to wastewater and create a localized flooding risk. These smart technologies are now becoming more affordable for homeowners, and they are a simple way to enhance your current bathroom.
- Smart Plumbing Pipe Systems
An extensive selection of smart plumbing systems has become available for homeowners in the last couple of years. An automated plumbing system can constantly monitor the water pressure within the pipe and inform you if there is a problem. Any leak or break in the pipe will change the water pressure, and this will be quickly detected. This removes all of the guesswork when you need to evaluate the general health of your plumbing pipes. The rapid alert will allow you to contact a local certified plumber quickly and a fast repair will minimize any water damage.
- A Tankless Water Heater
Many people are now replacing their aging water heater tanks for a new tankless water heater system instead. The humble water heater has been an effective way to heat water for many decades, but they are inefficient, and they are easily damaged by scale and sediment. A modern tankless water heater is capable of producing hot water on demand, and they are very energy efficient. According to tests carried out by energy.gov, a tankless water heater could save the average homeowner 25% or more on their annual water bills alone. So, if your water heater is reaching the end of its useful lifespan and you’re considering a replacement take a look at the tankless water heater systems before you make a final decision.
The future for plumbing looks bright, and now we are starting to see some of this smart technology becoming affordable for many homeowners. An upgrade to your existing plumbing system will certainly add a wow factor your home, but there are practical reasons too. Smart plumbing systems can help you to save money on your water bills, they can find faults automatically, and they are more hygienic for daily use. If you’re interested in a smart plumbing system for your home contact a local certified plumber
for expert help and advice today.
By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solution.