For those of us that may have a little extra time on our hands during the Covid-19 virus, it may be a good time to rethink some of our plumbing in our home—for example, faucets, showerheads, toilets, as well as some of the new plumbing technologies. We see the latest smartphones and automobiles flash before our eyes almost daily. When was the last time you saw the latest plumbing product advertised? We still have homeowners that don’t have a clue about what Hydro Jetting, trenchless sewer lines, and PEX tubing is, and they’ve been on the market for many years.
Hydro Jetting, Trenchless Sewer Lines, And PEX Tubing Are All New Plumbing Technologies
It’s important to know what’s available so that a home or business owners know their options. Hydro Jetting is an advanced form of drain cleaning that uses high powered water up to 4000 PSI to clear the toughest drains. A trenchless sewer line is an epoxy sewer line that will replace your old broken line without digging up your landscaping and costing much less than replacing your old one. PEX tubing is now the go-to tubing for repiping homes. It costs much less than copper and is much easier to install.
Install A Recirculation Pump On Your Hot Water Heater
A recirculation pump is similar in concept to a tankless water heater. One of the features of a tankless water heater is the ability to deliver hot water to the tap or shower in a matter of seconds. While a recirculation pump cannot produce an endless stream of hot water like a tankless water heater, it will provide hot water to the tap and fast. According to U.S. studies released, much of our wasted water comes from waiting for hot water to arrive at the shower or faucet. A recirculation pump could save 12,000 gallons of water on four points of hot water use and 15,000 gallons on five points.
Faucets And Showerheads
Most of us can make improvements with our faucets, showerheads, and fixtures. Installing a new shower head that dispenses less than 20 gallons per minute can save a homeowner an enormous amount of water, especially if you have a showerhead that dispenses 4 GPM. In the past, low flow showerheads meant you had to give up on the pleasures of a nice hot shower. Not so any longer, new advancement in low flow designs will give you the best of both worlds. Low flow faucets use 1.5 GPM compared to the old faucets that use 2.2 GPM. A homeowner can save up to 30% in water using a low flow faucet, that’s a savings of up to 700 gallons of water per year.
Since 1992 the federal government passed legislation that mandated toilets to use 1.6 gallons of water per flush. For close to 30 years, new toilet designs and developments have brought that number down. The latest technologies in toilet design have our toilets using as little as 1 GPF and 1.28 GPF. Dual flush toilets have two buttons, one for liquid waste at 1.1 GPF, and one for solid waste at 1.6 GPF.