New technologies have brought exciting new developments in plumbing, including fixtures and modern systems that function with incredible efficiency. The latest plumbing trends include smart plumbing features that work within the “internet of things.” What is in store for 2018? Find out the latest in future plumbing options if you are planning to remodel or are planning the construction of a new home in the Bay Area.
IoT: The Internet of Things and Future Plumbing Features
Create a sleek, modern design with technological features that help save on energy through special water-saving functions. Ultra-efficient showers smoothly embedded in the shower ceiling or wall-installed wash basins create an uncluttered look, with features such as touch-free activation. Wireless connectivity to monitor all home systems, including a new tankless water heater, is the perfect way to save energy and have on-demand hot water — a popular option for homeowners who want to reduce energy consumption. The added digital connectivity is just one more way to monitor and keep all home systems at top performance.
Many people want to take steps to avoid the risk of lead exposure and choose to replace the piping in the home with a lead-free system. Older plumbing systems built prior to 1980 — even copper plumbing systems — typically have lead solder connecting the pipes. Many homeowners are seeking out “lead-free” plumbing alternatives. At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Bay Area, our professional team of plumbing technicians can evaluate your water system and advise you of the processes required to reduce the risk of lead exposure and its health consequences. Lead-free metal connectors are available in stainless steel and other fabrications. Our team is here to help you create a healthier water system.
Stone, Copper, and Concrete Make a Showing in 2018
Plumbing trends have led to new concepts for kitchen sinks, with stainless steel falling by the wayside. A new kitchen can be upgraded to meet these modern design sensibilities with a particularly natural look in stone, copper, or concrete.
Bathrooms: The Bath is Back
While showering is convenient and fast, a relaxing bath is always a pleasure after a long day. Freestanding bathtubs continue to be popular, and “island” baths in various shapes are a popular design trend. When installed in the center of the room or beneath a window overlook, the bathroom area signals luxury. Designers are adding new touches with advanced features such as touch-free faucets, available in a range of finishes to suit any new bathroom design while reducing the risk of exposure to dirt, bacteria, and germs. Temperature control systems make it possible to produce the perfect temperature for bath, shower, or basins without adjustments.
Most Common Plumbing Issues with New Solutions
One of the most common problems faced by homeowners is an older, failing hot water heater. Replacing an old tank-style water heater with a tankless version not only produces unlimited hot water on demand, it requires far less space than traditional tank heaters. These tankless hot water heaters can free up space in your home for a better use, will use less energy, and don’t pose the risk of developing a damaging leak as is common with older water heaters. Rather than requiring the constant use of electric or gas energy to keep the tank heated to the proper temperature, your water is heated only when you need it – and it never runs out.
Replacing Old Pipe Systems
Older homes have plumbing systems that may be unhealthy or degraded. Many homeowners take the step to replace the entire system and resolve issues such as low water pressure, clanking pipes, and exposure to toxins such as lead. When planning to replace the entire plumbing system, you want to ensure the process is completed by a professional team that will respect your home and property and provide exceptional service and attention to detail. Talk to our team and let us help you restore any part of your plumbing system, whether to save energy, protect your health, or to install new fixtures that enhance your home.