The bathroom is where a lot of business happens, so it’s no wonder people would focus more on how the bathroom looks rather than functionality—though that is equally important. The problem is that many people aim to get a dream bathroom but forget practicality. That is why need to think about what you want compared to how it will work in the long term and alongside your plumbing fixtures. Here are some tips for working with plumbing during bathroom renovations:
1. Planning & Budgeting
Before beginning any big renovation project, you should do a little research. Learn about the current plumbing in the bathroom so you know what can be moved, where lines exit and enter the house, and so on. If you don’t have the blueprints to your house, hire a licensed plumber to inspect the bathroom and tell you where the pipes are. Just remember that no matter how experienced a plumber is, they cannot see through brick and mortar, so only when the project has begun will they understand where everything is located exactly. You should also consider anything that is being added. For example, if you’re thinking of upgrading your bathtub or shower, you might need to get a new water heater to manage the new appliances. Keep in mind that plumbing infrastructure can last around 30-50 years, so if your house is older, it might need to be inspected to determine if you need a complete overhaul. As a general rule, you should keep around 10% of your budget on the side for unexpected expenses. Once the renovations begin, you might find something wrong with the plumbing that needs to be repaired before you can continue.
2. Hire General Contractors
If your renovations are not purely cosmetic, then you should hire a general contractor to work with painting, tiling, and drywall. Even if you are an experienced DIYer, any careless movements or mistakes could damage your plumbing and cause problems down the line.
3. Hire Professional Plumbers
Renovations that open up your walls or require that pipes be rearranged is nothing for a DIYer to get involved in. Plumbing should always be handled by a licensed professional plumber, because you get quality assurance. Plumbers will save you from making costly mistakes that haunt your house for years to come and can save you a lot of time. Instead of getting flustered about the pipes, a plumber will know exactly what is needed and how to get it done fast.
4. Make Sure You Have Everything
Before beginning, make sure you have everything you will need, such as supplies, extra equipment, paint, plumbing parts, and whatever else is required. If you don’t have everything, you might end up delaying the renovations. Sometimes, contractors also require extra payment for hold ups. So be prepared! You don’t want to have to wait for deliveries.
Hopefully, these tips will help you overcome any issues with plumbing during bathroom renovations. Remember to plan the new design carefully so you don’t have to worry about the plumbing. And if you do decide to alter anything with your home’s plumbing system, be sure to hire a professional plumber. With that, you will soon a bathroom you can enjoy for many years.