When it comes time to sell, Seattle homeowners will often invest in remodeling projects as a way to sweeten the deal for prospective buyers. The bathroom and the kitchen are the two most popular rooms to renovate and can greatly add to resale value. When you are looking for cost-effective ways to remodel, consider performing these easy plumbing upgrades.
Low flow toilets, also called low flush toilets, save homeowners money by using less water to get rid of waste. Even if they can’t entirely renovate a bathroom, homeowners who want to sell can still upgrade to a low flow toilet as a way to appeal to people looking for more sustainable homes.
Another popular upgrade is adding motion sensor faucets in kitchens and bathrooms. These allow people to wash their hands without turning a handle. As a person’s hand comes close to the sensor, the faucet automatically turns on the water and can turn it off after a few seconds to conserve water.
Switching out showerheads is an easy way to add luxury and style to the shower area. You can install low flow showerheads to conserve water, while luxury massage and rain showerheads can inspire elegance and relaxation into the space.
If the kitchen has the space, or there is a master bathroom in the house, consider installing a double sink. Double sinks are extremely popular, especially when marketing a house to larger families where they need an extra basin to accommodate everyone during those busy mornings as people rush to get to work and school.
If you are completely renovating a kitchen or bathroom to the point where you are switching the positions of sinks, toilets and showers, taking the time to replace old pipes in the wall can be a great selling point that can help close the deal.
Contact Best Plumbing to learn more about remodeling your plumbing to maximize your return on investment. We carry a wide selection of top brand plumbing fixtures and will expertly install them for you to make that everything works properly and looks great. Visit our showroom to speak with an expert design associate and view fixture options. We proudly serve Seattle, Bellevue and more!
Have you ever considered how much it costs to flush your toilet? They account for almost 30% of water used in the home, making them a significant factor in your water bill. Furthermore, that’s a lot of treated water being flushed down the drain (literally) and this waste can have a long reaching environmental impact. Here is some useful information about water efficient toilets to help you save water and save money!
Old toilets often require more than 3 gallons of water per flush. In 1995 things improved significantly when 1.6 gallons per flush became the federal standard. These days, there are high efficiency toilet (HET) models that use 1.28 gallons or less. Some HET models incorporate duel flush capabilities that allow you to use a full flush or a half flush depending on need. Overall, switching from an old toilet to a water efficient model can reduce your household water usage by 20-60%! As you might imagine, this can save you a pretty penny when it comes to your water bill.
Purchasing and installing a new toilet can be a sizable investment, depending on the style, but they pay for themselves over time. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, installing a HET model that uses 1.28 gallons per flush or less can save the average family nearly 13,000 gallons of water a year. This represents more that $110 per year in water savings or $2,200 over the lifetime of the toilet. Keep in mind that the most efficient model can still waste water if it takes multiple flushes to get the job done so it’s important to research what system will work best for your situation.
Not sure what type of toilet is right for your Seattle home or business? Call Best Plumbing! We can help evaluate your current plumbing situation and determine what model might work best for your situation. If you already know what you want, we can also help you install the new toilet in your greater Seattle home
Considering Seattle’s status as a tech hub, it’s no surprise that a growing number of owners are using smart home technology to transform all areas of their home—including the bathroom. Below, Best Plumbing explores a few of the exciting advancements that you can incorporate into your own high tech bathroom plan.
You might find it hard to imagine how much a classic toilet could possibly change, but they are evolving with the addition of smart technology. New luxury toilets have features including automatic lids, heated seats, nightlights, and leak detection sensors. There’s also been a rise in various voice-controlled devices. Simply say “toilet flush” and it’s taken care of, hands-free!
In the past, using electronic devices near a bathing area was a bad idea. However, with improvements in waterproofing technology, the shower as joined the home automation revolution. Installing a digital controller allows you to choose (and even pre-program) the exact temperature and water pressure you prefer, eliminating the often-painstaking process of fiddling with knobs. Another popular shower upgrade is LED lighting to set a relaxing mood. And for those of you who love singing in the shower, there are now showerheads with built-in Bluetooth speakers!
Ever been to a public restroom where you had to spend an annoying amount of time frantically waving your hands to try and activate a motion sensor sink. Well, this isn’t an issue with new home-automated sinks. Utilizing infrared technology, hands-free sinks add a touch of luxury to your bathroom experience and offer an incredible water saving solution.
Bathrooms of the future have arrived, adding comfort, convenience, and luxury to your Seattle home. Give Best Plumbing a call at (206) 622-1700, or visit our showroom, and our expert plumbers and design staff will help bring your bathroom into the modern age.
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