Beyond Sinks and Showers – Other Useful Water Features For Your Home

by Carmen Corbin on February 25, 2012

Okay, so you’ve got the standard issue plumbing components in your home – sinks, showers, tubs, toilets and laundry hook-ups, but have you ever thought about other ways to increase your convenience with water?  Here are few ideas for you to mull over:

Drinking Fountains

In large families with young children, parents are often bombarded with constant requests for water and other beverages.  Or, maybe you have a home daycare, with lots of thirsty kids coming in and out of the house during backyard play time.  In either case, a home drinking fountain mounted on the wall is a great way to teach them to be more self sufficient, while cutting down some of your “running” time.  Install a set of two, a lower fountain for the little ones and a standard height fountain for the adults.  Having a home drinking fountain also will cut down on the amount of glasses your family uses.

Ice Makers

Thinking about replacing your refrigerator?  Having water pipes extended to the fridge area will give you the option of purchasing one with a convenient water/ice maker feature.  Your family will love it!

Utility Rooms

If you don’t already have a utility room, call some licensed plumbers for an estimate.  Utility sinks are very useful for washing up after car repairs, sports practices, or workshop/hobby projects.  Locating a utility sink in the garage is also an option – just make sure the plumbing pipes are installed in a wall that is adjacent to the house to keep them from freezing.

Outdoor Water Features

Almost all homes have at least one outdoor spigot, and many have one in the front and the back of the house.  But if you’re one of the unlucky ones that have to hook up half a dozen hoses together and haul them around the side of the house just to water your front yard landscaping, you may want to consider adding another spigot. 

Outdoor fountains and ponds are not only visually rewarding, but can also help create a relaxing backyard environment.  Many can just be filled with a hose, but if you live in a hot climate, it may be hard to keep up with the evaporation.  Most landscaping contractors can add dedicated water lines to keep your outdoor water features full and self sustaining.

For more information on adding extra water features to your home, contact your local plumbing contractor or home improvement professional.

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