When thinking about plumbing most people imagine toilets, sinks, and showers. However, those are not the only important components of your plumbing system.
There are a wide variety of parts which contribute to a residential plumbing system running sufficiently, some of which are more important than others. There are also many optional upgrades which can help in different ways.
The following are potential upgrades to improve your plumbing system’s overall function:
- Automatic shutoff valve – Every home possesses a manual shutoff valve, which cuts off all water flowing throughout the home in the event of an emergency or repairs. Whether a pipe ruptures or leaks, this part can be useful in case of an emergency. However, if a plumbing emergency occurs while you are asleep or out of the house, you won’t have any defense against it unless you have an automatic shutoff valve. In addition, this component monitors the pressure in your system and automatically shuts it off if a sudden change is detected.
- Sump pump – If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, you should consider installing a sump pump, which collects water which floods into an area. This helps protect your home from flooding damage.
- Backflow prevention – Backflow occurs when pressure disruption between your plumbing and your sewer system sucks waste water back up into your home. It is a common problem, which is why newer homes are automatically equipped with a backflow prevention component. If your home isn’t already outfitted with backflow prevention, consider having one installed.