Whether you want to create a luxury bathroom, increase eco-friendliness, or simply protect your plumbing system from common ailments, here are some quick and easy upgrades you or your plumber can perform to give your bathroom an edge. Most are quick and easy jobs for a plumber, but one or two are DIY-friendly as well.
1. Bidet Toilet Seat Installation
You may be thinking of a bidet as a separate plumbing fixture that hogs real estate in your bathroom and makes the whole place look vaguely European. But, in fact, a whole new plumbing fixture is unnecessary. Many manufacturers today sell attachments you can simply add to your toilet to lend bidet functionality.
One variety is the bidet toilet seat. This toilet seat comes with a bidet nozzle pre-attached and sometimes electrical elements. Another option is a bidet attachment, which installs between the toilet seat and the toilet, and adds a minimalistic bidet function.
If you want a luxury bathroom, choose an option that comes with a heated seat, a gentle air dry setting, and customizable water temperature. If you prefer maximum eco-friendliness, choose a non-electric model. Look for one that hooks up to both your hot and cold water supplies so you don’t freeze each time you use it.
2. Point-of-Use Water Heater
A point-of-use water heater isn’t something you should DIY, but installing a dedicated tankless water heater for your bathroom can be a surprisingly quick job for an experienced plumber. The benefits of a dedicated tankless water heater for a bathroom upgrade include:
- Smaller unit than a heater with a tank, so you can more easily fit it in or near the bathroom
- Less delay because you don’t have to wait for hot water to travel across the house from the water heater
- No worries about running out of hot water in the shower
- No losing your hot water to the rest of the house (for example, if someone turns on the dishwasher while you’re showering)
As a luxury upgrade, a dedicated water heater can be very effective. You may be surprised to learn, then, that it can also be an eco-friendly installation. That’s because on-demand water heaters are more energy efficient than tank water heaters.
3. New Showerhead
Turning your shower into a jetted spa may be a bigger project than you can handle right now, but what’s to stop you from installing a luxury showerhead? A showerhead often takes only a minute to install, and you can choose between a spa-like experience, an eco-friendly low-flow showerhead, or even a high-tech showerhead with a temperature sensor.
4. New Toilet Flush Valve or Fill Valve
The toilet’s flush valve and fill valve are two of the integral parts of the toilet mechanism, both situated inside your toilet’s tank. Although replacing parts in the tank may seem like a daunting task, your plumber can often complete flush valve or fill valve replacements quite quickly.
An upgraded flush valve could provide your toilet with a faster or more powerful flush. Or, if you’re in the market for green living upgrades, you can look for a dual-flush conversion kit that provides two flush levels based on whether you’re flushing liquids or solids. Another green option is an adjustable fill valve to save up to a gallon each time you flush.
These upgrades can help improve your bathroom plumbing overall, sometimes in just a few minutes. Choose your favorite upgrades to take your bathroom from mediocre to luxury or from inefficient to efficient, depending on what your goals are. For more information on any of the upgrades mentioned here or other bathroom upgrades, contact Moon Valley Plumbing and Rooter today.