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Do you have a plumbing repair kit in your home to make emergency repairs quickly? Having everything you need in one bucket or box can help you eliminate some of the stress that comes with plumbing emergencies. On this blog, you will find out what you should have in your kit and some basic tips about making these repairs to avoid further damage to your home. It is my hope that you will find more than enough information to keep your home dry, your drains draining, and a peace of mind and lack of stress to tackle these dreaded household occurrences.

preparing for plumbing emergencies

6 Plumbing Upgrades Every New Home Buyer Should Consider In 2020

Veronica Torres

Most first-time homeowners are looking for the basics on a tight budget. Their plumbing needs are pretty simple — a kitchen sink that doesn't leak, a toilet that flushes. Luxury residential homes, however, have plumbing features that most people never even knew they wanted — until now. 

1. Vessel Sinks: Vessel sinks — the ones where the bowl sits on top of the counter — have been hot design features in bathrooms for years. The sink bowls are often made from luxurious materials, like carved wood or handblown glass. The expensive bowls plus the high cost of rerouting plumbing lines so that the faucet can be wall-mounted above the vessel sink price these sinks out of many budgets.  

2. Twin Dishwashers: Anyone who has ever loaded the dishwasher after a big Thanksgiving meal has felt the need for a second dishwasher in the kitchen. Twin dishwashers are usually located on either side of the kitchen sink and, working in tandem, can make quick work of even the largest dinner party.   

3. Pot-Filler Faucet: Another high-end kitchen upgrade that is often found in luxury homes is a pot-filler faucet. Located on the wall behind the stove, the type of plumbing fixture has an accordion-like faucet that pulls out to fill large stock pots with water and then folds back against the wall, out of the way.  

4. Foot-Activated Kitchen Sink: Restaurants and commercial kitchen have traditionally used a foot-activated faucet to avoid touching the knobs with dirty hands. A quick tap of the toe and the water turns on, keeping everything more sanitary. Luxury home builders have used this handy feature in high-end, designer kitchens as well. 

5. Second Washing Machine: Like a second dishwasher, having a laundry room with two washing machines and dryers makes quick work of even the largest pile of dirty clothes. Even if you do not need another machine, it sure is a luxurious plumbing feature that would be fun to have. 

6. Tub That Fills from the Ceiling: The ultimate in luxury is having a bathtub that fills from the ceiling. Having water flow out of a faucet located on the ceiling and down into an awaiting tub, like this one featured on HGTV, is definitely a plumbing upgrade for the bucket list. 

Unique features like these are typical in the luxury residential real estate market. Reach out to a plumbing service for more information about plumbing upgrades.