The demands for innovative plumbing features — new bathtubs, shower fixtures, and the like — are expected to rise by 5.7% every year until 2021. And the demand for plumbing fixtures overall is forecast to total $7.6 billion by 2021 with a 5% increase per year.
This growth is due to many things, a practical reason being our intrinsic need for plumbing devices. Other reasons include an increased homeowner interest in renovation and new construction, an ongoing trend towards larger kitchens, and the growth of schools, hotels, office buildings, and more.
Are you looking to renovate the plumbing in your home? Are you planning to add a new bathroom or upgrade your kitchen? As you can see by these numbers, you’re not alone.
Check out this list of six advanced products that plumbers are installing all the time!
Upgrade Your Home With These Innovative Plumbing Fixtures
1. Energy-Efficient Toilets
Did you know that toilets account for at least 30% of the water consumption in your home?
Long gone are the days of energy-sucking toilets! With high-efficiency toilets, you can conserve water and dramatically lower your water bills.
Instead of removing waste by water volume, these toilets remove waste by water velocity. When you flush the toilet, speed increases, but the volume stays minimal. Rather than using about 1.6 to 7 gallons per plush, energy-efficient toilets use about 1.28.
You can retrofit your older toilet or install a brand-new one — up to you!
2. High-Efficiency Appliances
The same concept we just covered can be applied to your appliances, too. Plumbers see a higher demand for these items, as they’re not only eco-conscious, but they save us money, also!
You can install new appliances in your bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, and more. You can also wholly upgrade what you’ve got, depending on your mission. We’re talking about upgrading refrigerators, washers and dryers, garbage disposals, and dishwashers.
While these devices aren’t “cheap” in the outright, they’re more affordable in the long run — plus you’ve got their durability and longevity. Your bills will lower noticeably. Plus, many states offer rebates for recycling old appliances or for installing energy-efficient ones.
3. Tankless Water Heaters
There are many advantages to installing a tankless water heater in your home. The only reported disadvantage would be that upfront cost we’ve mentioned — but again, this cost gets canceled out by a drastic change in energy bills. Over time, your ROI will be noticeable.
Tankless water heaters use 30-50% less energy than devices with tanks. Depending on your family’s water usage, the minimum you can save per year is $100, but the number goes up from there depending on your usage and family size.
Devices with tanks keep water heated at all times — keeping 40 to 50 gallons of water hot at any given time. Imagine the amount of energy that takes! Instead, tankless heaters only heat the water when the faucet gets turned on.
They also have the added advantage of being more compact. Tankless water heaters are smaller by nature and can get mounted on the wall. This offers you more space in the room, as well.
4. Drop-In Sinks
Why not add a drop-in sink to your kitchen or bathroom? It will pair perfectly with your new faucets, too!
Drop-in sinks are easy to install and look great, also. They’ll provide more room for your daily uses — getting ready, washing dishes, perhaps bathing the baby! — while looking sleek and innovative.
If you’re considering adding one of these, we’ve got one more consideration.
Get a sink that has a divet, or small ledge, on the sides. This way, when your sink isn’t in use, it can double as a cutting board or extra counter space. To make it happen, just fit a piece of wood, ceramic, or material of your choice, atop of the drop-in sink.
Now, this inexpensive, sleek upgrade offers you a double bang for your buck!
5. A Bidet
Yes, you read that right. If you think bidets are only for the Europeans, think again. The bidet is becoming more and more popular in the States.
For a while, the American’s alternative to a bidet was flushable wet wipes. But if you’re currently using these, they come at a high cost. That cost is your entire plumbing system.
The combination of these wet wipes with other things in our pipes can create major blockages. These aren’t cheap to excavate, either. In the long run, installing something like a bidet may save you time at the grocery store and a boatload of cash.
You can consider adding a small water spigot under the rim of your pre-existing toilet. Or, do as the Europeans do and install an entirely new basin to the side of your toilet. Try it once and realize its power and popularity!
Of course, if you can’t wrap your head around this idea, you may opt for the wipes. However, when your pipes become blocked, how can you fix them without ruining the ground your home sits on?
That brings us to the next innovative technology. Keep reading!
6. Innovative Plumbing Pipes
Does your home suffer from leaking pipes, a lackluster flow of water, or deteriorated piping? NuFlow Trenchless Pipe Restoration is a progressive system used to fix these problems without excavating your entire yard in the process.
Say you’ve got an old piping system and you want to fix it — without uplifting the yard, trees, decks, and driveway. Sounds impossible, right? The good news is it’s no longer unattainable.
When you update your old piping system with this innovative plumbing technology, a structural lining gets installed in the old pipes using a non-pressurized epoxy lining. This seals and protects them from any further damage or decay. It also adds years to the life of the pipes, whether they’re clay, concrete, steel, or other material.
Call Your Local Plumber!
If you’re planning a remodel or an upgrade, keep it fresh with innovative plumbing. These investments not only look great, but they’re efficient and affordable. Any upfront costs you pay will get minimized by the longevity and durability of your new products.
For plumbing services you can trust and rely on, contact us today! We can’t wait to hear from you and help you improve your home.