I think most would agree that most homeowners are not up on the latest plumbing technologies. Let’s be honest, plumbing isn’t the most exciting topic to talk about. But there is a buzz occurring in the plumbing industry over many products. For example, tankless water heaters are reaching close to 500,000 monthly internet searches. Many homeowners are still in the dark when it comes to knowing much about tankless water heaters. Knowledge is power when it comes to our plumbing appliances and fixtures. Some of the latest water heater technologies can save you up to 30% compared to water heaters made ten years ago. Don’t be one of those who run down to your local home center to buy a water heater before doing your homework. You may just miss out on the best choice for your home.
Tankless Water Heaters Have New Plumbing Technologies
There are many excellent features to a tankless water heater, including on-demand water, energy efficiency and endless hot water. They use a fraction of the space compared to a storage tank heater. But maybe a tankless water heater isn’t in the budget. Here is another product most homeowners don’t know about, it’s called a hot water recirculation pump. The pump connects to your storage tank heater and you can have your hot water to the faucet or showerhead in the same amount of time as your tankless water heater. The product cost between $200-300 and should be installed by a licensed plumbing contractor. The hot water recirculation pump is another product that’s been on the market for several years, but few homeowners know of it. A hot water recirculation pump gets close to 50,000 internet searches a month.
Smart Plumbing Products Are The Craze Of The Plumbing Industry
We’ve heard of smart products, but did you know smart products are the rage of the plumbing industry? There are smart toilets, showers, faucets, and water heaters. The toilets have a built-in bidet, auto flush, remote control, heated seat, air deodorizer, and a dryer to dry you off. These toilets start at $2,100 and can exceed $10,000. The smart showers and faucets respond to your voice command, and some only require a touch or the wave of your hand. They also sync up with your Alexa and Google assist. The U by Moen can measure water precisely by your voice command. There are even showerheads that have aromatherapy that is under $200. I think we’ve all made the mistake of impulse buying only to find something better down the road. There are many new plumbing appliances, fixtures, and faucets to choose from, so do your homework and have no regrets.
Every Day 14,000 Home Or Businesses Experience Water Damage
Leak detectors are another product that should be sweeping the market. You may see leak detectors become as common as smoke or carbon monoxide detectors in the not-so-distant future. The fact is, according to Water Damage Defense, 14,000 homes or businesses a day experience a water damage emergency. 37% of homes in the U.S. claimed to have suffered water damage. 2.5 billion is annually billed to insurance carriers for water and mold damage. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims that household leaks could account for as much as 10,000 gallons of water a year. It doesn’t stop there. It’s estimated that 10% of homes in the U.S. have water leaks that waste as much as ninety gallons of water every day. Hence, the need for such a device is in high demand.
Water Leak Detectors Are Worth Every Penny
The devices are considered ‘smart’ and often referred to as smart pipes because they process data and have several interactive functions. Companies like Samsung, Nest, Moen, and many others have developed their own patented technology to monitor your pipes right from the convenience of a smartphone. These products are within reason, costing less than $500, and you should have them installed by your plumbing contractor. The numbers regarding water damage speak for themselves, and you may want to talk with your insurance carrier about any possible discounts for having one installed.
Do Your Research, And You’ll Have No Regrets
There are many affordable new fixtures, faucets, water heaters, showerheads, and more out in the market waiting for discovery, most of which won’t break the bank. If your remodeling a bathroom or kitchen, remember to do your research.