Although they are as small as 1/8″ by 1/8″ in size, the type of fittings that you use in your home, especially in your plumbing, are very important. Lead free compression fittings, for example, are often used as drinking water safe fittings. These are gaining in popularity as homeowners are updating or remodeling their kitchens and are looking for ways to ensure the safety of the water they provide their family. Even some new construction homeowners are starting to realize the value of these valves that contain less than 0.25% lead. A lead free compression fitting is ANSI Certified and is designed for use with potable water. They can easily replace old, less efficient standard brass fittings, while also providing a healthier alternative for family drinking water.
While people who are remodeling or building new homes are deciding what are the most healthy kinds of fittings to use, the entire construction industry has long realized the importance of even the smallest of parts in a building project. Plumbing pieces are especially important as they can either be efficient or inefficient.
The average household leak, for example, can account for more than 10,000 gallons of wasted water every year. This is equivalent to the amount of water that is needed to wash 270 loads of laundry. Even a A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can leak up to 250 gallons of water a day. This amount of water can cause flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.
The best way to avoid these costly and damaging leaks is by purchasing and installing the highest quality parts from the beginning. An average residence loses 22 gallons of water to leaks every day. The best way to keep your home better than these average problems is to do your research and install top of the line brass compression fittings and other quality parts.