Tiny Home: Big Plumbing

Tiny Homes on wheels may be small, but they have big plumbing needs. Your typical tiny home ranges from 100sq ft to 500sq feet of living space. Just because they are tiny doesn't mean they can't be luxurious or house standard sized fixtures and plumbing. As with any size home, plumbers want to make sure the home is safe, sustainable, durable and functional. When it comes to choosing a plumbing system to meet all of your client’s needs, you must first do your research, and then get to work!

Many tiny homes have wheels so the plumbing connections must be able to withstand vibration and movement during transport. Sustainability is another extremely important aspect of tiny home plumbing, especially when choosing a plumbing system. Most expansion fittings need adhesives and glues which with constant movement can result in leaks and extra wear. Every inch counts in a tiny home so it's important to be able to install quick turns without having to change direction and without having to stop and cut a fitting.

Plumbing a tiny house comes with challenges, but with a little creativity, it is possible!

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2018 Plumbing Trends

Pictured: Possible Grey Water System

Stay ahead of the curve in 2018 by becoming familiar with new technologies and old technologies gaining popularity.

  1. Greywater - Greywater comes from sinks, showers, and washing machines. This water isn't necessarily dirty but it may contain small amounts of dirt or cleaning solutions. This water can be recycled for flushing toilets, watering plants, etc
  2. Smart Appliances - New, eco-friendly machines use less water and save homeowners money.
  3. LED Temperature Monitor - This product allows you to monitor water temperature.
  4. ETWater - a smart irrigation system that tracks the water necessary for a healthy landscape.
  5. Brain Pipes - Brain pipes are a home automation system that conserves natural resources and reduces waste. Brain pipes will set off an alarm when they detect a leak and let the homeowner/plumber know exactly where the leak is occurring.
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