The field of plumbing has been one of the driving forces of innovation and civilization for millennia, and this isn’t likely to change any time soon. Without the advances made in plumbing technology, modern life as we know it, wouldn’t be possible. Designers and manufacturers are already looking at how plumbing may evolve in the years to come. In this article, we will look at some of the exciting plumbing developments that we could see in our bathrooms in the very near future.
High Tech Toilets
We have seen recent changes in the water efficiency of modern toilets, and that is likely to continue. Experts estimate that water reserves will be in high demand in the near future and any changes that can be made to conserve water are likely to be a priority. We have also seen the adoption of many smart devices in recent years, and these technologies will be applied to toilets in the future. The next generation luxury toilets are likely to have a host of new features that would put a classic toilet to shame, such as built-in nightlights, heated seats, leak detection sensors, and even automatic lifting lids. We now have advanced toilets that can be activated by voice controls; the user simply says “flush,” and the toilet will carry out the operation for the user automatically. This would be an ideal system to use in public toilets to avoid touching the toilet seat with your hands and so improve hygiene for every user.
If you’ve ever visited a public restroom with a motion sensor activated sink, you may have experienced a problem. Some of these units work very well, while others require you to wave your hands around until they finally get the message and deliver some water to wash your hands. Let’s face it, up until recently, the sensor technology was a little hit and miss, but things seem to be improving on the latest range of smarter automatic sinks. The latest automatic sinks for home and public restroom use are now equipped with infrared technology for more reliable operations. An automatic sink certainly adds a touch of class to any bathroom, they have a cool factor, and they offer unparalleled water efficiency when washing your hands.
Smart Shower Systems
Up until very recently, the idea of mixing electronic systems into a bathroom would have been crazy. But, in recent years, the technology that supports waterproofing has improved considerably, and this has allowed manufacturers to consider smart showering systems. As part of the current home automation move, a digital controller can be installed. This will allow you to set the exact water pressure and temperature that you want for your showering experience. The smart shower can be pre-programmed with instructions, and this avoids the tedious experience of adjusting knobs to attempt to get the showering to the right settings. Many people now enjoy LED lighting upgrades and even Bluetooth speakers to create a club atmosphere when showering at home.
All of these bathroom technologies are available now at the luxury end of the market. In the near future, we expect the prices to drop, and this will allow many of us to install them in our own bathrooms. If you’re interested in upgrading your bathroom contact your 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.