AI, Internet of Things and machine learning are not just for the software developers. They are for plumbers, too.

We have seen the advent of the smart home. We have even seen the invention of the smart toilet. With technology and new developments moving at an unprecedented speed, it might not be long before we see artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) creeping into the plumbing industry.

Plumbing is one of the areas where integration of AI could be beneficial. With features that could include automatic leak detection and water conservation, the average household could get repairs and save on bills. Real time monitoring through IoT and AI could alert clients that it’s time to call the experts in, instead of finding themselves knee deep in water after a pipe has burst. This kind of monitoring can also alert homeowners when water consumption is reaching high or critical levels, providing them with the opportunity to curb their water usage.

As the technology progresses, we could easily see the uptake of smart urinals, water heaters, taps, toilets, showers, pumps and even washing machines. Imagine having control over the heating of water in your home with the push of a button from your cell phone? These are not that far away from the modern home.

Of course, this may also spill into customer service with apps allowing clients to book a plumber to visit their home. And, with machine learning and AI it’s a matter of time before an alert can be sent to both the client and their preferred plumbing service that it’s time for some maintenance on the pipes at home.

The future most certainly looks bright for the plumbing industry in 2024, and with the growth of new technology, there are many new exciting skills to learn.