After living in your house for several years, you might feel the “seven year itch” especially with your plumbing. While you still love your home and the neighborhood, there are many great upgrades that can be made to it. You want to make practical upgrades and not just buy the latest gadgets. You should take the time to update your plumbing.

Ultimately, this will ensure that your family is safe, saves money, and improves your family’s overall health. There are many plumbing upgrades that can meet your practical needs, and they look great!

Improve Family Health

Over the past few years, residential water safety has been a major topic. Broken sewage pipes, pesticides and fertilizers, as well as seasonal flooding, can all affect water quality. It is therefore more important than ever that water treatment or purification be part of your plumbing system.

A state-of the-art purification system and filtration system can be installed in your home to reduce chlorine and remove other contaminants from household water. If your water quality is excellent but you still have a sewage smell coming from your drain or toilet, it might be time to upgrade your plumbing vents.

Your home’s plumbing needs to have vents or a fresh air intake to equalize pressure and exhaust the air. Blockage of plumbing vents may cause minor problems like slow drains or bubbling toilets. However, it can also lead to more serious health issues by allowing harmful gases into your home. Although it isn’t the most glamorous thing you can do to your home, it is one of the most crucial.

Upgrades for Convenience

While improving your plumbing is a top priority, replacing your plumbing appliances with more convenient ones is likely a close second. Low water pressure, and insufficient hot water are two of the most frustrating problems with home plumbing. There is nothing more frustrating than a hot, strong shower only to get a weak, cold trickle of water. There are plumbing upgrades available that can solve these issues and make showering easier and more enjoyable for everyone.

You may notice a drop in water pressure when multiple family members or appliances use water at once. A water pressure booster can help. The booster works by using an electric pump and a pressure tank to raise your water pressure. A whole-house tankless system can be installed to replace your existing water heater tank. The system heats water quickly to ensure hot water continuously when it starts flowing.

Upgrades to Save Money

It is important to upgrade your plumbing for convenience and health. But, it’s also important to save money! You can make your life easier by upgrading your plumbing. There are many upgrades that fall under this category. But two stand out: water softeners, and tankless hot water heaters. High levels of calcium or magnesium in your water can lead to problems with your plumbing. Hard water will not only leave marks on your dishes and make your clothes duller, but it can also cause damage and blockages to your fixtures and pipes.

A water softener will remove these minerals from your water. It will also save you money as it reduces the amount of detergent and soap that is required to wash dishes and clothes. By preventing mineral buildup, this will increase the life expectancy of water-using appliances.

Although a water softener will prolong the life of your 50+ gallon water heater by increasing its capacity, you can save even more money by switching to a tankless heater. A tankless water heater is a better choice than filling up a large water storage container with water and heating it. Instead of using energy to heat it, it draws cold water and circulates it around a heat exchanging unit. A tankless water heater is more cost-effective than storage heaters and has a longer life span. This can help increase your home’s value.