Plumbing is no different. Even for such a hands-on service, recent advances have reshaped the industry in the past decade. The pace of change does not seem to be slowing. From smart pipes to tankless water heaters, the innovations just keep on coming. Plumbing professionals now pair their drain rods and pipe cutters with Wifi-enabled tablets and waterproof cameras to deliver top-notch service for customers. Staying on top of these emerging technological trends has never been more crucial for some home service professionals that want to remain competitive. One of those increasingly popular home automation systems are smart pipe systems (sometimes called “brain pipes”). They solve a big challenge in the plumbing profession: being able to detect a leak early before it leads to a lot water loss. Smart pipes give a big boost to the preventive practice of plumbing by monitoring water pressure and alerting homeowners and plumbing pros about the exact location of leaks. This takes some of the guesswork out of fixing problems and increases the likelihood that issues are repaired before significant damage takes hold. In the long run, consumers save big by avoiding costly damage restoratio...