Futuristic Smart Plumbing Technology To Protect Your Home and Prevent Waste
Learn What The Future Has In Store For Plumbing Protection and Waste Prevention
First, there were buckets. Next, there were wells. Before long, there were clay pipes, lead pipes, and hollowed-out trees.
Thousands of years later, in 1592, the first flushing toilet was used. In 1767, the first patent for a shower was granted.
We’ve come a long way since making underground pipes of clay and straw, and the evolution of plumbing technology has exponentially sped up in the last century.
So, the question is, what comes next?
The answer is most likely Smart Plumbing.
What is Smart Home Plumbing?
Smart Plumbing is the umbrella term for a variety of smart plumbing technology products designed to make your life easier, save you money, and waste less energy and water.
As technology has become cheaper and easier to make, engineers have found innovative ways to incorporate it into our plumbing systems and improve them.
Some smart plumbing products include:
Imagine this scenario: you’re preparing dinner and handling raw chicken. You need to wash your hands, so you turn the faucet handle and wash. Following that, you turn the handle back to shut off the faucet.
While you may have fewer germs on your hand than before washing, you still likely reintroduced raw chicken germs to your hand when you touched the compromised and germy faucet handle.
Faucet handles are probably some of the germiest areas of our homes.
There must be something we can do instead, right?
Now introducing: Smart Faucets.
A smart faucet can mean many features, including:
- Voice activated faucets
- Tap activated faucets
- Preset temperatures
- Leak detection
- And, more!
With smart faucets in your home, you’ll minimize the spreading of germs while adding convenience to your life.
Water Purification Systems
Water purification might not be at the top of most Smart Plumbing lists, but I ask you this: What’s smarter than making your drinking water safer and healthier?
Even though you may have a water supply that is considered safe, that doesn’t mean it will always be considered safe.
Our water has chemicals in it. It has dissolved solids. But while today’s experts consider our public water to meet their standards, does that mean their opinion will never change?
Furthermore, there’s always a risk of contamination. Throughout recent history, many victims learned their water was contaminated when it was too late.
So, if you’re concerned about water safety, consider purchasing a water filtration unit for your home. There are whole-home water filters, point-of-use water filters, and more!
Today’s water filters can remove almost everything except the water itself!
Automatic Water Shutoff
When it comes to smart plumbing products, nothing has the potential to save you more money and heartache than an Automatic Water Shutoff System.
A Whole House Automatic Water Shutoff system can protect your home or business from water leaks by detecting leaks through the water supply system itself.
Traditional leak sensors are placed around your home in areas at risk of leaks. But seeing as your plumbing system runs throughout the entirety of your home, you either need many sensors or you have sections of your home that remain vulnerable.
Furthermore, these leak detectors cannot shut down your water supply. They simply alert you if they detect a leak, which won’t help much if no one is available to turn off the water.
On the other hand, when your automatic water shutoff detects subtle variations in water pressure compared to typical patterns, the leak detectors will prompt the system to shut the water supply.
If your smart water shutoff system can detect leaks and protect your home, you’ll minimize property damage, conserve water, and protect irreplaceable possessions that would otherwise be ruined.
Smart products such as these will likely be a standard feature in the future, and are definitely worth considering now.
Hot Water Recirculation
There’s a distance between your water heater and your plumbing fixtures. As such, there’s a lot of water in your pipes that is actively cooling down when you’re not using any hot water.
A hot water recirculation system is a system that uses a water pump and a second water pipe system to circulate water throughout the system to ensure that all the water in the line is hot and ready to use.
There are two benefits to a hot water circulator: hot water the second you need it and less water waste!
Smart Leak Detection
There’s a variety of Smart Leak Detector products to choose from: some are plugged into your water supply system, while others are simply plugged into an electrical outlet near your water supply.
Many of these devices connect to Wifi and can provide real-time updates about your home and alert you if your floor or walls suddenly become wet.
Considering the average basement flood insurance claim approaches $50,000, water monitoring systems have the potential to save homeowners a nice chunk of change!
Greywater Recycling Systems
Greywater is water that has been used in your home that is still safe to be used for certain tasks, such as watering plants or cleaning outside.
As more homeowners move towards eco friendly options in their homes and plumbing, I believe we’re going to see greywater recycling grow in popularity.
The idea is simple: collect the water that is safe to reuse and use it when you need it!
It’s important to use greywater within 24 hours so the water remains safe and not smelly, so some greywater recyclers have designed gardening systems that automatically disperse the reusable water as needed.
Who knows, maybe in the future, you’ll wash your car with the same water you bathed with earlier.
Smart Water Heaters
A smart water heater is a water heater that monitors your hot water usage and adjusts accordingly.
If you take a shower every morning at 7:00AM, it will make sure you have hot water at 7:00AM. If you go away every weekend, it won’t heat your water over the weekend!
Additionally, smart water heaters can detect problems and alert you if attention or action is required!
Smart water heaters are a great way to save some money on utilities while adding a little peace of mind.
Have you ever thought to yourself: “Gee, I sure wish my toilets had heated seats, ambient lighting, self-cleaning technology, built-in deodorizers, and Bluetooth speaker capabilities!”?
Well, boy… Do I have a surprise for you.
Smart toilets are growing in popularity these days. Gone are the days of turning the bathroom light on to pee in the middle of the night. And, say good bye to cleaning your own toilet like a peasant!
These days, you can get toilets with built-in bidets. You can get toilets that can be flushed remotely.
The future is now, people. You deserve a smart toilet. You deserve a smart throne.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters have already drastically grown in popularity, and you might already be very familiar with them!
Traditional hot water tanks are big, bulky, have a comparatively short lifespan, and require a ton of energy to operate. They require more energy to operate partly because they must constantly heat the water to maintain the temperature.
Tankless water heaters work by heating the water as needed. Therefore, they use less electricity and don’t require as much ongoing effort to heat the water.
Best of all, you can take a shower as long as you want without running out of hot water.
Bidet Toilet Seats
What if I told you that you could have a fresh butt without taking a shower?
Welcome to the world of bidets, my friend.
And, what if I told you that you could have a bidet without needing a whole dedicated plumbing fixture?
Welcome to the world of bidet seats, my friend.
These days you can get bidet toilet seats that clean your nether regions after a refreshing visit to the bathroom. And, it’s more affordable than ever!
Outstanding hygiene has never been so convenient!
Battery Backup Sump Pumps With Wifi Monitoring
You may have a sump pump. And, you may have a battery backup sump pump…
But do you have a battery backup sump pump that notifies you of usage or issues via WIFI?
Welcome to the future, my friends, where there’s an app for that.
You can turn on notifications to let you know the moment your sump pump kicks on and monitor it every step of the way.
Is Smart Plumbing a gimmick or should I really consider it?
History has shown that new technologies that provide convenience and protection are quickly adopted.
While many of the products mentioned above may never make it into your home, there are many devices that probably will.
Whether you install a complete smart plumbing system throughout your home or you simply invest in some smart leak detectors, we think that most homes will eventually have some form of smart home technology.
And, if you’re interested in it… We’d love to help!