A century ago, indoor plumbing systems constituted modern technology across much of the U.S. Purifying water with chlorine systems was a relatively new concept. If people from that era could see the state of modern plumbing, no doubt they would be amazed.
Today, smart-home systems and other new technologies are helping plumbing take another leap forward. Today’s plumbers use remote cameras to find damage in waterlines, which sometimes can be repaired without digging.
Here are some modern plumbing technologies that can make your life easier. For information on how you can take advantage of updated systems for your home, contact a licensed, experienced plumbing service company.
Touchless faucets and toilets
Being able to operate toilets and faucets without touching is more than just a gimmick. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, germs that cause the flu and other illnesses can survive on hard metal surfaces for two hours or longer. They spread when people touch these surfaces and then touch their eyes, mouths or noses.
“Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others,” according to the CDC. Obviously, one of the best ways to keep hands clean is to avoid contact with toilets and faucets — places where germs can thrive.
Flood stop technology
Water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines, toilets and a few other items place some areas of the home at risk for costly water damage if something goes wrong. Today an electronic flooding detection system can be installed in these locations. If something goes wrong and the device detects water on the floor, it shuts off the water supply to that specific area.
You may not want to put them everywhere in your home. In some cases, it’s possible to identify the areas most at risk and install them in those locations.
Tankless water heaters
Tankless water heater systems have been around for many years, yet a lot of homeowners don’t know they exist. They are up to 50 percent more energy-efficient, so the higher cost can be recouped over the life of the system. Tankless models may be more susceptible to scale buildup, so annual servicing is recommended.
Less invasive pipe repairs
Pipe replacement has traditionally been expensive and difficult. If the leak was under a foundation slab or behind walls, the only solution used to be to tear out the old pipes and install new. Today many of these problems can be resolved with a new technology that repairs the pipes in place. In a multistep process, the interior of the pipes is cleaned with abrasive blasting. Afterward the inside of the pipes is coated with an epoxy resin that seals and stops leaks.
Another new technology actually allows replacement of pipes under the concrete in a home without trenching or tearing up flooring. A trained plumbing technician uses trenchless technology and equipment to create a tunnel where the pipe needs to go. It can be far less expensive and far more convenient than older methods.
Not all plumbing companies offer these services, so if you have plumbing issues, make certain to contact a company trained on the most up-to-date methods.
Even with all the modern technology available, the best thing homeowners can do to make sure their plumbing systems work properly is to stay on top of maintenance with annual checkups and service to keep your plumbing up to date and avoid breakdowns or damage.
Linda Stanfield has been offering plumbing services across the Valley for 31 years. She is the only plumber in the state to have won the BBB Ethics Award three times. As a plumbing leader in the valley, she can also be found on TV and YouTube sharing and helping consumers with their plumbing needs.