If you plan to remodel your bathroom, it will most likely involve changes to your plumbing. Even if you are only updating the tile and paint, you must know how to disconnect and reconnect the pipes.
Here are six tips for remodeling bathrooms.
1. Different Types of Pipes
In older houses, you may find cast iron or galvanized metal pipes that you will need to replace. Many newer fixtures require polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) pipes. If the pipes are visible, you might want to use copper pipes because of its decorative appeal.
2. Plumbing affects the Layout
The bathroom fixture locations usually are according to the layout of the bathroom pipes. Changing some fixture’s position may require you to cut new drains. It will be more cost-effective to reconsider the chosen fixture size and location than to change the configuration of the pipes.
3. Watch Out for Water Pressure
The home’s water pressure is another consideration when choosing pipe fittings. The water pressure in an average home usually is around 45 to 80 pounds per square inch. If you already have low water pressure, a new water-saving shower-head that delivers less than 2.5 gallons per minute may not be the wisest choice.
4. Consider Upgrading Your Water Heater
It may be time to replace your water heater or upgrade to a tankless water heater. Conventional water heaters store hot water in the tank, whether you need it or not. The installation of tankless water heaters may cost more, but you can save in energy costs.
5. Time for Luxury or Comfort Upgrades
Consider adding luxury or comfort upgrades. Since you will be opening the walls and floors, why not install warmup – heated floors. Autry Plumbing can help you choose high-end shower bases and hydronic heated towel racks.
6. Shut Off Your Water First!
Before you start, make sure you shut off the water. You may be surprised to learn how much damage homeowners could avoid by remembering this one simple check. Learn the location of cut-off valves to the sinks, toilets, and showers. There should also be a main water shut-off inside the house.
If you are looking to remodel a bathroom in the Asheville, NC area CONTACT us today! At Autry Plumbing, we will be happy to provide you with a free quotation.