Your entire bathroom is built around the plumbing system. Every major component in the bathroom relies on the plumbing in order to work. Before you begin remodeling your bathroom, here’s what you need to know about plumbing renovation.
Re-Routing the Network
One of the most common mistakes that homeowners make when remodeling their bathroom is not taking the plumbing into consideration. While you may want to move your shower from one end of the bathroom to the other, it may not happen without reconstructing your entire room if you can’t re-route the plumbing. Before making any major decisions, take your plumbing into consideration.
Make Your Bathroom Energy Efficient
A remodel is the perfect opportunity to make your bathroom energy efficient. By implementing certain components you can save money on your energy bill annually. Here are just a few of items you can consider:
- Water saving showerheads. Water saving showerheads maintain water pressure in the shower without slowing down the flow of water. They use less water than a traditional showerhead.
- Energy efficient taps. Tap aerators can reduce water consumption by up to 50%. It is an affordable way to save energy without compromising water pressure.
- Low flow toilets. Your next toilet should be a dual flush toilet. It drives less water usage in the home, thereby saving you money in the long run.
If you live in an older home, it’s a good idea to have the entire plumbing system inspected for outdated equipment before you start the project. Update the pipes, fixtures, and connections that are in poor shape and make sure that the plumbing is firmly stabilized. If the pressure is low or you hear noises when you turn the faucet on, it could be the result of old galvanized pipes that are in bad shape. Keep in mind that you may not have to replace the entire system around the bathroom. An experienced and knowledgeable plumbing technician can help you decide if the current pipes need to stay or go.
Don’t Buy Cheap
Since you and your family will be spending a lot of time in the bathroom, you’ll want to invest in quality plumbing fixtures that can handle the daily grind. For instance:
- Get a toilet that has a MaP score of 500 or higher
- Purchase faucets and showerheads that are lead-free
- Acrylic and fiberglass tubs are still the most popular and durable tubs on the market
- Consider glass and stainless steel as a more durable alternative to traditional porcelain
Design for Accessibility
As you design your bathroom think about what you or your family’s accessibility needs may be down the road. You may want to add grab bars or position the tub or sinks in a way that makes it easier to use them. How much area do you have around the toilet? All bathroom components should be easy to reach and easy to use.
Are You Looking for Some More Ideas?
If you’re getting ready to launch your upcoming bathroom remodeling project, but need some help getting started then contact Steve’s Plumbing & Heating. We offer a wide range of bathroom remodeling services for homeowners in Wisconsin Rapids and the surrounding area. You can call us at 715-421-1800. You can also message us on our contact page.