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Renovating an older home is an exciting, yet stressful, event for any homeowner. Some upgrades do more than make your life more convenient or attractive, they actually add value to your property. If you are looking to make your home better and worth more, a good place to start is your plumbing system.
Any plumbing remodeling you attempt should have a qualified professional at the helm. You should never trust something as important as your plumbing to an amateur. For a licensed professional plumber in Mesa, AZ, Schroeder Plumbing provides a full range of plumbing installation, repair, and replacement services for the homes and businesses in the area. Our plumbers are ready to help you make your home better.
If you don’t know exactly where to start, your plumber can help you decide what upgrades would be best for your home and family. Here are a few ideas to spark your interest.
Switch to a Tankless Water Heater
Treat the whole family by having your plumber install a tankless water heater. There are many advantages to making the switch from traditional tank water heaters, starting with the endless supply of hot water.
Have you ever had to cut your shower short or wait for the water to heat up because you were the last one in the shower? No more of that when you have your plumber install a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters heat the water on demand, right when you need it. And there is no tank to limit the amount you can use. Everyone in the family can enjoy a nice, hot shower whenever they want.
Since there is no tank, tankless water heaters take up a lot less room. Who couldn’t use a little more space for storage? Plus, they suffer much fewer repair issues than their classic counterparts. Your plumber can explain the difference between models, to help you get the best option.
Traditional water heaters with a tank heat up the water contained within and hold it at that temperature until you need it. This means energy must be used all the time to keep the water hot. With their super-heating technology, tankless water heaters use much less energy to supply hot water to your household.
Tankless water heaters do cost more on the front end. But they can last twenty years or more, meaning you save in replacement costs on classic tank water heaters. And they need much fewer repairs than traditional water heaters, saving even more over the years.
Install Low Flow Fixtures
Not all plumbing upgrades cost a lot of money. One of the least expensive upgrades is modern low flow faucets and shower heads. And best of all, you will still get the same great results you did before. The only difference is you will be saving water and money.
Traditional shower heads use around 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Without a noticeable change in performance, a low flow shower head will use only 2.0 gallons of water per minute or less. This conserves water while saving money on your water bill.
Replace Your Old Toilets
You may think that as long as your toilets are working they should not be replaced. But your toilets represent your biggest water user in your household and without modern models, you could be wasting a lot of water and cash.
Toilets manufactured before 1982 are the first ones you should replace. These require between five and seven gallons for each flush. After that, toilets were required to use just 1.6 gallons of water per flush.
You might want to consider installing dual flush toilets. These models offer two flush options, a more forceful flush for solid waste material and a lower force option for liquid waste only. Since most flushes are to get rid of liquid waste only, you will use much less water during the course of a day.
Add an Extra Bathroom
No matter what your family size, you have probably had to wait to use the bathroom. Even an extra half bathroom could ease the stress of having to hold it longer than you wish. When you have your plumber add a bathroom to your house, it also adds value to your home. The biggest question is where to put it.
If you do not already have a master bathroom, you might consider starting there. With a bathroom in your bedroom, you will quickly get used to the convenience and privacy it affords you. Go all the way and have dual vanity tables and mirrors installed, for an upscale look. And with all the tub options you have, you can create a retreat from the stress of the outside world in your own relaxing whirlpool or clawfoot.
Putting in a bathroom for your kids is another great idea. Giving them their own bathroom not only frees up your other bathrooms for company, it ensures you can keep your guest bathrooms clean and well-stocked.
Or you can go all out and add a bathroom to an outdoor building. Whether you have a man cave, she shed, office, or guest house, adding a bathroom will make your life much more convenient. And, like a lot of other plumbing upgrades, it adds more value to your home.
Modernize Your Plumbing System
Everyone likes remodeling projects that are obvious. However, some of the best ways to upgrade your home can’t really be noticed by the eye. A great example is the modernization of your plumbing system.
If you have an older home, the original plumbing could be made from a corrosive material such as galvanized steel. While popular in its time, it is no longer used because of the problematic nature and dangerous debris it can put into your drinking water.
Today, pipes are made of non-corrosive materials, like copper and PVC, which cannot harm the quality of your drinking water and hold up better for longer periods of time. Talk to your Mesa, AZ plumber today to learn more about which areas of your plumbing system need to be replaced.
Contact the plumbers of Schroeder Plumbing today for more information on the many ways they can help you upgrade your home.