Water, water, everywhere….
Home remodeling can take its toll on any homeowner, especially if you take matters into your own hands. There are many facets to a home remodel, and none can be overlooked because one can impact the other’s performance or outcome. One of the best examples is your home’s plumbing system.
Aesthetics is always front and center for most of us when it comes to a remodel. However, they should be the second thing on your mind. What is the use of a beautiful home when the plumbing system is nowhere near functional? Clogged or dripping sinks, flooded tubs or showers and leaking water heaters are just a few of the plumbing issues you might face if you don’t prioritize plumbing in your house renovation. The last thing you want is to have a leak from your shower coming through your beautifully finished kitchen ceiling before the paint is even dry!
Not only do bad plumbing systems spike up your water bill, but if you are a bigger picture person, then you’ll understand it also impacts your neighborhood and beyond. Unfortunately, there are millions of people who don’t have access to clean water while you’re simply letting your sinks drip overnight! As we enter the Thanksgiving season, be thankful you are not one of them and recommit to taking good care of your plumbing.
Here are the top 7 things why plumbing should be top of the list while remodeling your home and why eco-friendly plumbing solutions are making waves in every household these days.
1. Reduce Your Environmental Footprint
Plumbing is one of the steps you can easily take to reduce your environmental footprint, next to eliminating single-use plastics. You can minimize water leaks as much as possible by having a plumber check the installations during remodeling. Replace worn-out pipes and use durable steel pipes that can withstand volatile weather conditions. If pipe replacement isn’t within your budget, install pipe insulators to minimize the heat loss.
2. Source of Clean Water
Clean water is a commodity. Keep your plumbing system in tiptop condition to ensure your water is safe and potable. We all take water for granted until something goes wrong. In the developed world, we don’t think much of it, but the problem of contaminated drinking water extends far beyond the well documented case of Flint, Michigan. According to a study published in early 2018 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, as of 2015, nearly 21 million people relied on community water systems that violated health-based quality standards, according to the study. Taking good care of your plumbing systems can reduce the impact to your family.
Pipe restoration is an eco-friendly pipe repair which uses trenchless technology. The best part? This type of pipe repair doesn’t involve ground digging, wall demolitions, or floor destruction. By retrofitting existing pipes with an epoxy coating, you’re not only saving the environment but you’re also saving a lot on the plumbing costs!
Water efficiency is extremely important in a household’s plumbing system. A minor leak might seem trivial to you but overlooking this actually wastes gallons of water. Your Mom was right: make sure family members turn off faucets. Simple repairs such as a new faucet washer stop water wastage and saves a ton on your water bill.
Recent innovations have been made to maximize water efficiency at home. You can do several of these eco-friendly solutions to save every drop:
- Install a low-flow toilet to minimize water when flushing. Did you know traditional toilets use 7 gallons of water in a single flush?!
- We all know how nice a long, hot shower feels. If you want to linger in the shower for a long time, install a low-flow showerhead which uses only 2.5 gallons of water per minute or maybe even less as compared to 5 to 8 gallons from a typical showerhead.
- Replace your kitchen and bathroom fixtures with eco-friendly faucets that have good water pressure while using less water.
- There are an increasing number of eco-friendly water heater options on the market. Some of them are even solar-powered!
- If you want to keep that lawn looking fresh and greener than ever, use an eco-friendly sprinkler to maintain it. A sprinkler with a drip system minimizes evaporation while maximizing water use.
5.Prevention from Communicable Diseases
The last thing you want from your plumbing system is the risk of getting communicable diseases from unsanitary water and contaminants. A simple improper installation of water pipes can lead to waste being delivered from its source into your home. Make sure you hire a reputable plumber who can help you avoid a plumbing nightmare.
6. Safety for the Whole Family
You don’t want to experience kitchen catastrophes and bathroom blunders in the middle of a huge party, do you? Making sure the plumbing system is up-to-date with cutting-edge technologies will ensure your kitchen and bathrooms serve you with their best functions. Be on top of your plumbing system.
7. Energy Savings
Less water usage means less energy usage as well. This drastically cuts down your water and electricity bills because less water needs to be heated and transported around your home. The costs of running your home are expensive enough. Save some green on your monthly water expenses and feel better too – every little steps towards water conservation goes a long way to helping our planet.
You might think you are up to the challenge to take on a DIY plumbing job, but to ensure you have proper fixtures, fittings, piping and a holistic plumbing checkup, it’s best to always consult your nearby expert plumber.
If you’d like to learn more about what the Renovation Roadmap can do to help you in your remodel, we’re always happy to help!
About The Author
Leanne Brooks is a passionate blogger who loves to write about home designs, home renovation ideas and home improvement. She is currently working for AAA City Plumbing, which offers emergency repairs, system installation, preventative maintenance, drain cleaning, septic pumping and more in Charlotte and Rock Hill.