Your plumbing is an essential part of your home, but, as with any system, there comes a time when it needs to be upgraded or replaced. This can be a result of an issue with the system or a renovation project that requires you to change several components.
However, before you get started on the upgrade, there are several things you should be aware of:
Know Your Plumber
Even if you intend to do the work yourself, it’s a good idea to have the number of a good plumber Sydney handy. This means you’ll have someone that can advise you, assist you, and even sort out any issues you’ve made. Being an existing customer makes it easier for them to see you as a priority when necessary.
Check Your Pipe Size
If you’re struggling with a slow flow rate at the shower, then you’ll want to look at your plumbing system. You may have a pressure regulator which is set too low to create an enjoyable shower. Equally, you may find that you live in a low-pressure area and need to add a water pump.
But, one of the most common issues is the pipes are too narrow. This reduces flow without increasing pressure. If this is the issue, then you’ll notice the pressure drop or the water temperature change in the shower when someone turns on the faucet.
Unfortunately, the only resolution for this is to upgrade your plumbing pipes; choosing a slightly larger size will improve the system and your shower.
However, if you can cope with the lower flow, you should consider changing all your appliances to low flow. You may be surprised at how much water you can save per year.
Replace The Water Heater
The standard water heater uses a tank. The water is heated in the tank, and the heater turns on and off to maintain the temperature. However, any water sat in the pipes will cool. That means you have to run the water before you get any hot water.
You can replace the water heater with a tankless system which will use significantly less energy. The alternative is to get a water heater with an on-demand circulation pump. This effectively moves the water in a loop through your plumbing system and back to the tank. The result is you have instant hot water when you turn on the tap. It will save you money and time.
Environmental concerns drive people to invest in gray water solutions, also known as using rainwater to flush your toilets. This simple upgrade requires you to fit a collection tank outside, and then you have two options.
Water can be pumped into the tank from your showers and sinks, giving you gray water that can be used in your garden. Equally, the rainwater can be collected and used to flush your toilet. Of course, the system doesn’t collect toilet water or water from the kitchen sink.