On the Horizon: Greywater, Smart Toilets and Brainpipes, Oh My!

As a business owner or operator, it's always important to stay up to date on newly emerging technology, trends, and eco-friendly systems. Whether it's water-saving recycling systems, smart plumbing tech, or an app to boost your business' efficiency (cough cough), there's always a new way to upgrade your trade coming down the pipeline (quite literally). Staying abreast of these trends can help your business rise to the top. Here are a few of the latest ones that caught our eye!

Greywater for the Win

We'll admit, the name greywater certainly doesn't sound appealing. However, its impact on your customers certainly is! Many customers complain about the high cost of their water bill and wish they could reduce their water consumption. Even though greywater looks more like the villain than the hero in this scenario, it's here to save the day.

Water-recycling systems, with greywater as the star, are the new rage in plumbing. Rather than flush away this less-than-perfect resource, these systems pipe gently used water into gardens or lawns instead. While taking a swig of greywater may not seem appealing to you, plants actually love the stuff. It provides them with the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong.

In addition to helping your customers save money, recycling greywater also helps reduce pollution. When you keep it contained in a flower bed or other localized garden, greywater can be a nutritious resource. However, when it spreads to local lakes, rivers or estuaries through a septic tank or sewer, it can contaminate these clean sources and make them unsafe to drink.

Smart Toilets Make Going More Fun

Now that we're living in the 2020s, a.k.a the future, no one wants a boring toilet. If we can have touchless faucets and Bluetooth showerheads, why can't there be a smart toilet? Well, now there is. These technologically advanced porcelain thrones originated in Japan back in 2011 and originally cost $6,400. Talk about a golden throne. Thankfully, their popularity has led to the release of several more affordable models that your customers will love.

What does a smart toilet have to offer? Basically, anything you desire. The next time you have to unload some timber, a seat warmer can keep you comfortable and toasty the whole time. And if the urge to go hits you in the middle of the night? Don't worry, because an integrated night light will illuminate your path. Other smart toilets can open and close the lid automatically, adjust the spray on your bidet for a personalized clean, and of course, flush automatically when you're done.

More practically, smart toilets also do a great job of conserving water. They calculate exactly how much water is needed to flush depending on the size of your... deposit. Saving the planet, one flush at a time.

Brain Pipes Do the Thinking for You

Wouldn't it be great if your pipes can talk? Assuming you could filter out their complaints about being stuck in the wall all the time, that is. That's finally a reality with brain pipes.

Brain pipes work by automatically detecting leaks and other issues in a plumbing system. As soon as there's a problem, the system shuts off the water supply (stopping dreadful water damage in its tracks) and sends a message to the homeowner that something is amiss. The message will tell them exactly where the leak is so they can contact your company for help. It's a cool technology, but the science behind it is actually quite simple. The pipes constantly monitor water pressure, and if there's a drop in that pressure without any need for water, the alarm goes off.

Brain pipes do more than just check for leaks. They also can generate a monthly report on the home's water consumption so the customer can see where exactly their water is going. This makes it a lot easier for them to cut back on their usage — saving their own money and protecting the environment.

Take Your Business Into the 21st Century

In order to thrive in these tumultuous times, it's imperative to stay ahead of the curve. Anticipating the latest high-tech trends is a big part of that, especially in today's fast-paced world where new updates seem to be happening every other day. Whether you're new to the plumbing industry or you've already built your business, consider implementing these fun new systems to help your plumbing business stand out among the pack.

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