Plumbing Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2018

Plumbing Trends Worth Watching in 2018

Whether or not you’re designing your new home or just looking to upgrade a kitchen or bathroom in your current house, here are a few plumbing trends to watch in 2018.

                                                                                                           
This is the Honeywell Lyric™ Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector.

We like this one because it senses temperatures that are below FREEZING and alerts you to a problem. Works with Google Home and Amazon Echo!

Smart Leak Dectectors

What exactly is a leak detector? It’s a device in your home that senses when a water leak has taken place within your plumbing system. It finds the flow or existence of water and alerts you as soon as it happens. It can even detect floods caused from storms or exterior water contamination. These detectors can be programmed into your main home automation hub to inform you about a flood while you’re away.

Tankless Water Heaters

As even more property owners look to save on energy and money, tankless water heaters will rise in appeal. These water heaters provide hot water only as it is required at a rate of about 2 to 5 gallons per minute. And they come in both gas-fired and electric models. Smaller than traditional water heaters, so they’re great if space is at a premium.

Hands Free Plumbing Fixtures

This trend in home plumbing and has come to be well-liked in the past few years. The developed countries have been trying for years to identify a way to help prevent the waste of water that takes place while cleansing hands or showering. These faucets will begin running as soon as you move your hands closer to them. The sensor detects your hand, and the water begins streaming down. It quits as soon as you remove your hands, so there is little question of wasting water. Similarly, your shower commences operating as soon as you stand beneath it and shuts off when you move out of the way.

Delta Hands Free Faucets: 

 

Smart Dishwashers

One example of appliances that integrate both technology and eco-friendly purposes can be found in dishwashers. Suppliers continue to develop products that meet higher energy-efficiency standards and save water, with some even making use of water from the rinse cycle for the next wash. An average family who cleans dishes four times per week could possibly save 700 gallons of water each year with the use of a smart dishwasher, according to Reviewed.com.

LED TEMPERATURE MONITORING

Speaking of smart technology– some faucets and appliances now come with attached LED lighting and screens that allow you to monitor temperature control. Bathroom faucets can give you the precise temperature readings of the water coming out and use LED lights to visually direct you. For example, if the water plate or water flow changes blue, the water is cold. If it turns red, the water is warm. These components use a built-in magnet that produces power via water flow when the valve is turned on.

 

Delta Temp2O® Shower Head

Tankless Water Heaters

Rheem WHTankless Water Heaters

*Tankless Water Heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. Therefore, they avoid the standby heat losses associated with storage water heaters. When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit. In an electric Tankless Water Heater an electric element heats the water. In a gas-fired Tankless Water Heater a gas burner heats the water. As a result, Tankless Water Heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water. You’ll never have to wait for hot water. They are a nice space-saver as well- being that they mount directly to a wall.

It’s the holiday season and your peaceful suburban home is overflowing with houseguests. You need a nice, hot shower to soothe your nerves, but you’re in line behind your in-laws and cousins. In times like these, you’ll be glad you installed that new tankless water heater.
The idea behind a tankless system is that it heats the water as you need it instead of continually heating water stored in a tank. Tankless heaters have been the norm in much of Europe and Japan for quite some time, but they haven’t gained popularity until recently in the United States – largely due to the green movement. If you’re a good candidate for a tankless system, you can save a substantial amount of money every year on your monthly bills while at the same time conserving natural gas. Tankless heaters also last about 10-15 years longer than a tank heater, take up much less space and provide you with an unlimited amount of hot water. On the downside, a tankless system can cost up to three times as much as a tank heater to install.
There are several brands and models of Tankless water heaters in the market today. Although, My Plumber will install any brand you choose, one suggestion is the Navien, which is a 98% condensing solution. Why choose a Navien Condensing 98% Tankless Water Heater? In a word: Efficiency. While tank style water heaters are on average, 59% efficient, the local big box home improvement centers tankless model is 82% efficient, the Navien utilizes “condensing technology,” giving the Navien a 98% efficiency rating. Knocking the competition out of the water, these extremely efficient and eco-friendly units will provide extra savings for you and your family.

Eternal Hybrid Water Heaters
What is Eternal hybrid and why is it the best water heating system you can buy today? Water heating has evolved and it’s technology saves you energy and protects our environment. Eternal hybrid is the only water heating system that combines the best of tank and tankless features in one. The patented, powerful design is engineered to replace multiple tanks, use less energy and space than one tank and produce endless hot water for multiple applications at once.

So is it cost-effective to switch from your traditional tank heating system? Or should you just wait until your current water heater bites the dust to make the switch? This depends on many different factors. Give My Plumber a call to discuss the best application that is right for you!

Upfront Pricing VS. Time and Materials pricing

Whats the difference between upfront pricing and time & materials (hourly)?

Since I give my clients a free estimate I can give them an upfront price before I do the work, but my price is based on time and material.  This “hybrid” pricing works great for the professional plumber (ME) who inspects what work is to be done, tells the client what to expect, and quotes a fair price based on individual jobs.  I think this is the fairest way to charge a client.

There is a great article by a Licensed Plumber on his website explaining the major differences and pros/cons between the two pricing choices..  Read Evan Conklin at http://www.seattleplumber.com/flatrate_article.html