Emerging technological trends of the 21st century are also reshaping the face of plumbing. While piping flange dimensions and standards might not change, plumbing professionals now have to use advanced tools such as WI-FI enabled tablets and mini waterproof cameras to make their services more accessible, faster, and accurate.
Embracing the use of these tech-tools is rendering better services and significantly reducing utility costs. Some of the changes in the plumbing trade include:
- Replacing the current plumbing systems with high-performance fixtures
- Adapting trenchless technology to access sewer line leakages
- Embracing dual-flush in water closets
- Using pipe relining technology by injecting epoxy lining to seal holes and cracks
If you are a homeowner, have a look at some of the products trending in the market
1. Advanced Shower Headers
If you’ve exhausted your bathroom song list and your shower routine needs some spicing up, then the propelled shower head is your thing. This sophisticated shower head is blue-tooth-enabled to play music as you get yourself clean. Shower moments have never been better!
Others have LED lights installed within their system, allowing for a display of various shades of light. You’ll never have enough of a disco-experience in your bathroom with this new showerhead.
2. Water Heater Systems without a Reservoir
The water heater system is an asset that most homeowners are increasingly upgrading. The enormous, bulky water heaters introduced in the early 90s are quickly paving room for the newest innovation.
Tankless water systems are said to reduce water consumption by up to 25% per year. Tankless water heaters release hot water instantly to save you electricity and water expenses. It gives users the sheer joy of taking long, luxurious showers without worry if the hot water will dry.
The system is also environmentally friendly, saving energy use through their productivity. They also have a longer service lifespan than tank water heaters. And because there is no tank up the ceiling or roof, it takes less storage space. This means that you can have another accessory in place of the tank.
The supply of hot water is unlimited and instantaneous instead of the typical tank heater that takes minutes before the water is heated up to reach you.
And because this system creates hot water on demand, you can use water in several activities. For instance, run a washing machine, dishwasher and 2 or 3 water shower simultaneously.
They are designed for high volume water distribution. Every homeowner should switch to this new trend.
3. Hot Water Recirculation
The concept of hot water recirculation is closely related to the tankless water heaters.
Hot water recirculation maintains hot water continuously, circulating it through the pipes to instantly provide hot water when the taps are opened.
Initially, water would remain in the pipes and get cold thus, requiring more energy to heat up.
Advantages of hot water recirculation
- Water is available in the shower instantly. There’s no time wasted waiting for the shower to heat up.
- Saves a lot of water from being wasted down the drain. This is because one doesn’t have to wait for the water to warm. In turn, it saves water and energy bills.
4. Smart Irrigation System
Smart irrigation is a digital controlled watering system that uses a panel. The installed app is connected through a wireless network. This ensures that only accurate and reliable data is processed. Pretty cool technology!
Why would one need such sophistication is a sprinkler?
- This irrigation system considers the weather forecast and skips watering the land if there’s expected precipitation. Its sprinklers are intelligent; if it starts raining, the system shuts off automatically. This saves on water because there will be no two sources of water sprinkling on the law.
- This smart system also factor the type of crop its watering, soil condition, the microclimate of its installed area, and other critical environmental data. This combination ensures the most efficient way of conserving water and keeping the environment green.
5. Hands-free Water Faucets and Fixtures
These fixtures are common in the finest of hotels and airports. Motion sensor faucets are also gaining popularity in public restrooms. They are efficient in reducing water wastage and are much more sanitary because you do not touch the faucet with your cleaned hands.
What if you could flash the toilet without touching to flush. Hands-free fixtures are rising in popularity as more homeowners and consumers seek ultra-hygienic toilet options. Toilets are a prolific source of bacteria and other diseases causing contaminants. Hands-free faucets are more energy efficient because the water flushes are few.
6. Smart Toilets
These toilets give users luxurious moments while in there. There are many types of smart toilets in the market today. Some basic features include:
Automated flushes- These toilets have a sensor that triggers the flushing mechanism. It means that the user does not have to touch any part of the loo.
Overflow protection device- It detects a clogged toilet system and stops a user from flushing it. This maintains a low water level in the toilet bowl.
Energy-saving- Smart toilets save water and energy consumption. These toilets can sense the quantity of water needed for a flush and only releases the right amount. A regular toilet flush uses around 1.6 gallons while a smart toilet uses as little as 0.6 gallons for a single flush. Some models are battery-powered while others need wiring connections.
The sophisticated smart toilets come with additional features such as
- An air conditioner
- A toilet seat heating system
- Self-freshening deodorizer
- An automatic flushing device when there’s a power outage
- Automatic nightlight
- A slow closing lid
7. Greywater System
So long as the water has not come into contact with fecal matter, it qualifies being used in this system. Water used for basic household cleaning can be recycled and reused around the home.
A greywater system collects water and diverts it to a recycling plant. Recycling greywater cuts down water volumes that would have been wasted.
Professionals in the industry have the challenge of aligning themselves with the new advancement. While plumbing flange dimensions and standards may not change, offering piping solutions needs to be revised.
Laila Azzahra is a professional writer and blogger that loves to write about technology, business, entertainment, science, and health.