The 19th Century was one of the most innovative times for plumbing and sanitation. Safe and practical plumbing practices improved solutions for drainage systems and plumbing anatomy.
We’ve come a long way since then. Check out new plumbing innovations that create a more hygienic home for your family (without compromising efficiency or cost).
Touchless Plumbing Appliances
About 30 percent of homeowners seek touchless technology for their homes. This is especially true for germ-infested areas like the bathroom and kitchen. Yet, only 20 percent of plumbing retailers offer this technology.
“Touch-free faucets are becoming an option more homeowners consider,” according to Hardware Retailing, an online publication from the North American Retail Hardware Association. “They allow users to have a hands-free experience while also avoiding the spread of germs and contaminants.”
For example, Cinaton’s iSense technology debuted in 2011 via two touchless faucets. Each faucet allows you to wave your hand over five proximity sensors. These sensors have 13 combined functions for full water temperature and flow control. The faucets also save your favorite settings and have a pause function.
Rohl also features a hands-free bathroom faucet. It utilizes a presence sensor. This sensor ensures the faucet doesn’t turn on when you walk by it or place something in the sink. This sensor solved a noted concern among homeowners, as it would waste water and cost more each month.
According to Plumbing & Mechanical, “Hands-free faucet technology will continue to evolve and will likely be offered on more and more items through more and more manufacturers.”
It’s not only touchless faucets, either. Touchless toilets allow you to wave your hand above the toilet to flush it. After you're finished, the automatic toilet lid closes without slamming.
Touchless beverage and soap dispensers are also popular plumbing options for kitchens. Both options create a more hygienic living space without compromising cost and efficiency.
Touchless plumbing appliances avoid bathroom and kitchen allergens without impeding everyday use. They simplify life and create a more hygienic living space - the future of plumbing.
“Technological advancements also have had an impact on water filtration...for the whole house and at point-of-use,” according to Hardware Retailing.
NSF International categorizes home water treatment systems under point-of-entry or point-of-use systems.
Point-of-entry systems treat an entire home from the moment water enters. These plumbing systems install at the water meter or pressurized storage tank. Point-of-entry systems include water softeners.
Yet, point-of-use systems use water filters and offer a variety of products for your home. Kitchen or bathroom faucets with water filters improve the quality of tap water. Water filtering systems for refrigerators and bottles are popular. Pitchers with pour-through filters are also great plumbing innovations.
Water filtration allows you to avoid germs that build up on all faucets. It filters out natural contaminants, which creates a more hygienic home.
Hygienic Plumbing Materials
With each plumbing innovation, it’s important to use the most hygienic material. As the most sanitary material in plumbing, stainless steel helps “prevent harboring of bacteria and is...easy to maintain.”
Stainless steel sinks and refrigerators are the most common plumbing appliances in homes. Soon, toilets, water filtration systems, and more will join the line-up.