Old houses have all kinds of vintage charm, with their unusual layouts and antiquated features, but an old home is also not usually as efficient as it should be. This is especially true when it comes to the plumbing fixtures in the bathroom. If you live in an old house with a bathroom that still has all of the old fixtures, there are good reasons to get in touch with a plumber who can help you make some changes. Take a quick peek at three plumbing components in your bathroom that really should be upgraded to more modern versions.
The faucets on your bathtub or sink in the bathroom may seem to serve their purpose and have that vintage look you love, but old faucets were not designed with the conservation of water in mind. Their primary function was to simply deliver water and it didn't really matter how many gallons per minute they delivered. If you want to see a more efficient bathroom where water usage is concerned, it is best to do away with old faucets and replace them with modern versions that are designed to distribute less water when in use. If you don't want to sacrifice the vintage appeal, you'll be happy to know that it is pretty easy to find modern faucets for the sink and tub that have a rustic appearance.
When indoor plumbing was first developed, the toilet was an amazing thing, as you can probably imagine. However, old toilets are pretty notorious for leaking water and using far more water to flush than newer versions. If the toilet in the bathroom of your old home has been around since the house was built, it is well worth the cost and effort to replace this fixture. Old toilets can use as much as seven gallons of water with every flush, while modern versions have to be designed to use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush.
Even though the oldest homes will usually only have a tub if they have not be renovated, some older homes do have a shower enclosure. When showers were first a home feature, the enclosures that were developed were far from perfect. In fact, many homeowners who do not replace an old shower enclosure end up with problems with water damage in the walls that surround the enclosure because these designs tend to seep water.