It's A New Age - Plumbing Innovations Now

Advancement in technology knows no bounds in its transforming potential in the modern age. This is true even of the $95 billion plumbing industry. These advancements have been geared towards making your life as functional and comfortable as possible. Considering the current environmental concerns over such issues as waste management, water quality, and reducing carbon emissions, the progress that is being made in the industry seeks to expand the efficiency of the your plumbing as well as decrease the effects on your pocketbook. 

So the next time you need to do any kind of plumbing fixture installation or repair, or if you are in the process of considering renovation, here are two such innovations to consider.

Light it up

Since the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, the rush began to replace incandescent lights, with the first wave of replacements beginning in 2012. LED's, the recognized alternative, have not just stayed a light source but have begun to show up in a lot of unusual places. One such place is in sinks. New faucets are now available with LED lighting that can actually light up when water passes through it and changes color depending on the temperature of the water, ranging from blue for cold water to red for really hot water.

Such an innovation can be quite helpful in preventing burns, especially in your children who might not always take the time to be careful of the hot water coming from the tap. With a starting cost of about $1500, these lights also serve as a great way to illuminate a dark bathroom in the middle of the night.

Let there be reusable water

The average American family of 4 can produce a daily output of about 200 gallons of water, which can irrigate about half of a quarter-acre of landscaped yard. In the face of water restrictions due to droughts and the increasing concerns for water conservation, plumbing innovations to recycle water for such purposes are on the rise. New ways of collecting non-potable water are being found with grey water recycling systems, even from dish washers. Now you can harness the water from the rinse cycle from one load of dishes to pre-rinse the following load. 

This can be helpful in saving money, with as much as a 30 percent reduction in water usage. To set up the system can cost between $100 and $30,000, depending on the complexity of the system that you want and whether or not you can do the plumbing work yourself.  

For more information about other innovations in plumbing and water heater repair, contact a local plumber.