Ringing in the New Year in New Orleans with New Plumbing Upgrades

fresh showerThe beginning of a new year is a great time for both self-improvement and home improvements such as plumbing upgrades! They may seem like a small change but upgrading to high efficiency plumbing fixtures can impact your home’s energy and water usage in big ways. Some plumbing upgrades can also protect your home in the event of a flooding emergency.
At Bienvenu Brothers, we’ve seen plumbing come a long way since we first opened in 1937! We have over three generations of experience in the plumbing industry, including eco-friendly plumbing upgrades such as high efficiency plumbing fixture installation. With our variety of plumbing services we can help you determine which plumbing upgrades are best for your home.
Take a look at these recommended plumbing upgrades for the New Year.
In the bathroom
Running the water while brushing your teeth is a huge water waster and so is having outdated bathroom fixtures. An old showerhead can use as much as 5 gallons of water per minute (gpm) while older toilets use as much as 3.5 gallons of water per flush! High efficiency plumbing fixtures use half that amount of water or less, allowing you to cut your bathroom energy and water usage in half. Save even more energy, money, and water by choosing WaterSense bathroom plumbing fixtures, which meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) strict criteria for efficiency and performance. These fixtures are even more efficient than other high efficiency models.
In the kitchen
Not only is a leaky faucet a sign of potential plumbing problems, but it could also be costing you a lot more than you know. A leaking kitchen faucet can waste over 3,000 gallons of water per year according to the EPA. Maybe it’s time to install a low flow model, the best of which only use 1.5 gallons of water per minute. An easy way to immediately improve your faucet’s efficiency is to replace the aerator or the small mesh screwed to the end of your faucet. The New Year is also a good time to consider getting a new garbage disposal. While they aren’t energy wasters, old or damaged garbage disposals can cause issues with your plumbing.
In the rest of the house
Tired of running out of hot water but still want to improve your home’s energy and water efficiency? A tankless hot water might be a good plumbing upgrade to consider. They never run out of hot water and are well known for being more energy efficient than conventional tank models. A whole house water filter is also a great plumbing upgrade if you have concerns about water quality. They supply each water source in your home with clean, purified water. Flooding can be a concern for New Orleans residents, so upgrading to a battery backup sump pump is an excellent plumbing upgrade to consider.
Let Bienvenu Brothers help you start the New Year off right with money saving plumbing upgrades!