It was only a matter of time before bathroom plumbing fixtures got smart, and that time has arrived. If it’s time for a new bathroom fixture – or you’re ready for a complete remodel – there are modern fixtures that will not only suit your needs but that can also help you conserve water and save money in the long run. Discuss your options with an experienced St. Cloud plumber.
As Americans, we use a lot of water, and our showers and toilets are the biggest water guzzlers. Because water is a valuable resource and conserving water is a worthy goal, exploring bathroom fixture options that aid in water conservation is an excellent choice. By making water-saving choices, you’ll also save on your water bills.
Water Meters Get Smart
In the past, the only way to discover leaks in your plumbing was the old-fashioned way – by discovering the unmistakable damage they caused. Such damage comes in the form of structural damage to your home, the unpleasant and unhealthy effects of mold and mildew, and puddles of water where puddles of water should never be. Along came water sensors that gave a literal shout out when they detected the presence of water in their vicinity. While these sensors can alert you to a leak fairly early in the game, the problem is nonetheless already in progress – and if you aren’t nearby to hear the alarm, you’re out of luck. Smart water meters, on the other hand, alert you to a problem at its inception. These handy meters connect directly with your home or office’s main water line, and if a leak occurs, you’ll be notified within minutes via an alarm sent to your smartphone – no matter where you happen to be. Additionally, you can turn off your main water supply at the source with the touch of a button – whether you’re halfway across town or halfway across the country.
Your Shower is a water hog, but modern technology is on it. High-efficiency aerators can reduce the amount of water you use for showering by almost half. These aerators add air to the mix, which provides you with that same full-blast feel with much less water. There are plenty of other options on offer as well, including showers that dial the water flow back when you aren’t directly under them and smart temperature controls that provide you with just the right amount of heat at the press of a button.
High-efficiency aerators aren’t just for showers; they can also decrease the water output of your sink’s faucet. While we’ve all grown used to hands-free sinks in public bathrooms, you may not realize that this option is now available for your home. A hands-free faucet only runs water when your hands are under it, so you only use the exact amount of water that you need. For instance, if you have family members who can’t seem to remember to turn off the sink while they brush their teeth, a touchless faucet takes care of the problem.
Toilets have come a long way since the standard-issue model of old. Consider the many options now available:
- Instead of the traditional gravity-feed flush system, toilets can now be equipped with a pressure-assisted flush, which incorporates air pressure to make the flush more powerful and faster. This flush is louder than a traditional flush, but it helps clear away clogs and helps maintain a cleaner bowl.
- Dual-flush toilets combine both a traditional gravity-fed flush with a modern pressure-assisted flush. This combination allows you to choose the flush you need – when you need it.
- Touchless flush isn’t just for public bathrooms anymore; you can now choose this more hygienic option for your home or office. Wave your hand in front of the sensor, and voila, your toilet flushes itself. This can be especially helpful for people who are physically incapable of handling a traditional flush mechanism.
- Today’s toilets all comply with modern standards for using less water with each flush, but there are models on the market that take water conservation to the next level.
- Modern toilets can even come equipped with bells and whistles, including temperature controls, bidets, remote controls, self-cleaning technology, and more.
If you’re in the market for a new toilet, you have options.
If Your Bathroom Needs an Upgrade, Get Smart and Call a St. Cloud Plumber Today
If you’re ready to upgrade your bathroom, the dedicated plumbing professionals at Neighborhood Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electrical in St. Cloud are here for you. We’re committed to helping you obtain your ideal bathroom update, so please contact or call us at 800-570-4328 to schedule an appointment today.