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Bathroom Plumbing

The bathroom is among the essential locations in a home. It is a place to refresh, relax, sit back and focus on yourself amid a busy life. With such qualities, bathroom renovations should be an exciting venture.

There are many things to consider, from how the tiles fit, lighting, floors, and sometimes the bidet. However, one of the most crucial elements of remodeling a bathroom is plumbing. Most people tend to forget this part. Depending on the size of the project, plumbing considerations play a significant role in increasing the value of your home. Plumbing is like the backbone of the functionality of your bathroom. It is what makes everything possible. You also need to incorporate your taste, pick out faucets, cabinets, sinks, and tiles and have fun while at it. Below are some of the signs that show your bathroom needs renovation.

Bathroom Design

If you have a bathroom in an old house and not in new construction, the layout may not suit your needs or can be too outdated. Older estates in the past built bathrooms with an unappealing arrangement. If your bathroom organization does not impress you, it is a sign you need to change things up.

You may need to move things if you find that you often stumble against your toilet or you have to squeeze your way past obstacles to access something.

You can redesign your bathroom by moving your shower, toilet, sinks, or bath to have a workable space. You can even move your walls to create more space. However, you first need to talk to your plumber as you will need most of the plumbing fixtures relocated. For example, if you want to move your toilet:

  • it is necessary to have the pipes refitted.
  • Your plumber must ensure the new piping does not affect the foundation.
  • Vents will also need relocation and may affect the positioning of other fixtures and your bathroom walls.

Visible Plumbing Lines

The decision to hide the plumbing lines depends on the aesthetic outlook you want for your bathroom. Exposing the lines gives an industrial type of look. However, most washrooms in this modern age do not show plumbing and provide a sleek and clean look.

Hiding the plumbing is more of a design issue and depends on your preference about the outlook. If you prefer a cleaner and modern look, ask your plumber to conceal the pipework in ceilings, boxing, and flooring. Doing so also makes laying the floors an easy job. However, it is essential to ensure that you can gain access to the components if a leak occurs.

If your renovation entails installing a bath far from the wall, you can hide the pipework beath it while raised on a plinth. Your designer can also conceal the pipework under your sink by building a storage cabinet. You can get cabinets installed to store your bathroom essentials and hide some piping.

Outdated Plumbing Fixtures

A bathroom redo can be the ideal opportunity to update the fixtures in the room. There are plenty of newly innovated plumbing fixtures that are eco-friendly, look beautiful, and save your water and money. You can consider getting toilets that use less water when flushing or an eco-friendly bathroom faucet. Some showerheads save water and have the usual kind of water pressure.

If you replace the current fixture with similar ones, there may not be much work needed for installation. However, upgrading to more updated plumbing fixtures may need the intervention of your plumber as some innovations get fixed differently. For example, you can replace a wall-mounted shower with a ceiling-mounted type of shower.

Poor drainage 

Most bathroom drainage pipes have a standard size of one and a half inches. Your contractor is likely to pick this size as their first choice. However, this small size causes it to clog quickly with soap, hair, scum, and other waste. Having clogged drainage is a common plumbing problem and often causes a mess. The plumbing issues that often cause the drains to clog are usually a tub or shower that drains slowly or washers that do not finish their cycle. No one likes to shower as water keeps rising to their feet.

Below are signs of clogged drainage:

  • Water backing up your bathtub, commode, sink, or shower.
  • Foul odor from the drains.
  • Hearing or seeing your toilet bubble.
  • Water comes out beneath the commode.
  • Slow water drainage from your shower, bathtub, commode, or sink.
  • Water puddles on the floor close to your bathtub, sink, laundry area, or commode.

It can be embarrassing to have a bathroom that looks appealing but has a foul odor. Modernizing the fixtures, changing the lighting, painting afresh, and warming up the floors may not help if your drainage is not working. To solve your drainage issue, you can increase the size of your drainage pipe. Although getting a better drain may cost you a lot upfront, it will save you money and time in the long run.

You are also likely to experience drainage problems if your shower flooring got installed in a way that does not drain properly. If the contactor tilled the floor slope in the wrong direction, there is a high possibility of drainage problems. If that causes water accumulation on the bathroom floor, it may result in hazardous accidents and a breeding ground for mildew and mold.

 Bursting Pipes

You may need to evaluate your piping situation if you experience constant pipe bursts. If you live in cold areas with freezing temperatures once you get into winter, the pipes on your exterior walls may burst due to the cold. While remodeling your bathroom, solve this problem by insulating the plumbing inside and outside your walls. Doing so will help protect the pipes from becoming damaged due to the elements in the environment.

Suppose you want to have a bathroom renovation and need a plumber or plumbing services from a reputable company. Arvada Residential Plumbing Services is the best option. No matter what kind of plumbing problem you have, an Arvada plumber can take care of it. For more information, call Arvada Plumbing Services at 303-500-0437 for extensive assistance.

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