Plumbing systems vary in terms of complexity, but they are all composed of two subsystems: one that uses pressure and brings in fresh water to use through your faucets and a drainage system that removes the used water from your premises. When you operate your faucets, water comes into your building and it passes through a water meter that measures the amount of water that you consume in your building. The water coming in is cold, so your system needs to feature some sort of solution for heating the water, such as a water heater with a thermostat. Your plumbing system also needs a solution for draining the used water – the drainage can be connected either to a sewer or to a septic system.
To have a plumbing system that works well and that you can rely on for a long time, you need the system to be suitably designed and to use the best products that you can afford. Plumbing system components are available from an extremely wide range of Denver plumbing retailers and manufacturers, so instead of naming brands, here are some features to look for when putting together your system.
Choosing the Best Pipes
There are two parameters to consider when choosing your plumbing pipes: the diameter and the material. While the diameter is a matter of system design and it is calculated based on the water needs of your building, the material is a matter of budget. The most common materials include the following:
- Stainless steel – the most expensive solution works best in areas prone to corrosion;
- PEX pipes – these affordable pipes are flexible, they come in many sizes and work great for residential applications and small businesses;
- Copper – the traditional material is used for making highly durable and resistant pipes for hot and cold water alike;
- PVC pipes – another affordable, modern, synthetic material used in residential applications.
Choosing the Best Faucet
The usability and the design of your faucets will determine the quality of your entire plumbing system. The best faucets for your building are the ones that feature the right size for your sinks, the right designs to match your settings and ceramic valves for durability and drip-free operation. You can choose single-handled faucets for more comfort and more precise adjustments of temperature and output or classic, double-handled designs and you also have the choice between faucets equipped with sprayers or without accessories.
Choosing the Best Water Heater
The most important feature of a water heater is its capacity, so before you start shopping for the best product, contact experienced Denver plumbers to calculate the ideal size of the heater for you – an undersized heater will not be able to provide you the right output and will render your home an uncomfortable place. Your plumber will be able to help you choose the best brand and product by explaining you everything you need to know about the fuel types used by heaters as well as about aspects related to overall costs, durability and energy efficiency.