In 2014, many homeowners may be watching the plumbing news for ideas about how to make their homes more comfortable and efficient. Plumbing innovations continue to make the industry and marketplace better, and there's no shortage of possibilities on the way.
Here are five plumbing trends likely to impact you in the new year.
- Wasted resources will become taboo. More and more homeowners are looking for ways to conserve resources at home. No one likes wasting money or harming the environment, so expect to see a rise in energy audits and changes to the way people use water in Atlanta. Everything from new types of showerheads to green options in toilets and faucets can help save energy and money. Expect wasted water to go out of style.
- Dual-flush toilets will be all the rage. Why waste several gallons of water on every flush? Dual-flush toilets offer two settings, so homeowners can cut down on water usage. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 30 percent of household water use comes from toilets. Dual-flush options help you save while meeting the strict Georgia state water standards.
- Tankless water heaters will get their close-up. A survey of available water heaters on the market clearly shows that tankless options are superior. Tankless water heaters provide an endless supply of hot water for showers while increasing efficiency and nearly doubling the life span of traditional water heaters. You will see them gaining in popularity steadily throughout 2014.
- Proactive plumbing will become standard. Waiting for polybutylene pipes to burst is a losing strategy for homeowners. These plastic pipes, popular during the 1980s and early 1990s, have become a scourge and a nuisance to homeowners. There is certainly a strong case for being proactive and replacing polybutylene pipes before they wreak havoc upon your home.
- DIY plumbing news will yield to "do it right." During the recession and the slow economic recovery, many people turned to do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement out of necessity. Plumbers and contractors everywhere have had their hands full trying to correct the mistakes made by ambitious people who went beyond their abilities. In 2014, the DIY craze will likely yield to doing it right the first time. And that will mean hiring a trained, professional plumber. There's better all-around value this way.
To make sure you stay atop the latest trends, stay tuned to the RooterPLUS! blog to find out how to make your home greener, safer and more efficient in 2014.
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