5 Top Plumbing Mistakes in a Bathroom Remodel
We get it. We are not the FUN part of your remodel.
We are all about pipes, fittings and vents. It is Lowes that brings you the sleek fixtures, cabinet faces, and pretty mirrors.
Still, take our word for it: if you do not pay attention to the important plumbing issues BEHIND the wall first, those rich woods and farmhouse faucets run the risk of being tilted, wiggly and even impossible to install. As long-time San Diego plumbing contractors, we see the following 5 top bathroom remodel plumbing mistakes below every week. Avoid them by calling in a professional plumber dedicated to precision remodeling work!
1.Installing cabinets before choosing the sink
Cabinet installers can modify and adjust the cabinets, but the pipe, on the other hand, comes out of the wall in one place and one place only (unless you want to spend extra money to change that all around). Choose a sink that fits the location of the pipes and involve the cabinet installer in the process.
2. Failing to take measurements before buying
We often end up in a client’s bathroom looking at a toilet leaning awkwardly. The client asks us if we can “make it work?” Unfortunately, most of the time the answer to that questions is no. What typically happens is the client goes to Pacific or another home store, “just to look” and comes home with a toilet. They never measured the “rough in” or the distance between the pipe outlet in the bathroom floor under the toilet and the wall. The toilet tank pushes the toilet past the pipe outlet.
Here is a tip: the bolt caps on the outside of the toilet base are even with the drain (inside and hidden by the toilet). With your current toilet in place, simply measure from the wall to the bolt cap. Take these measurements with you to the appliance store and make sure the toilet you pick matches.
3. Forcing mismatching pipes and fittings
As in the toilet issue above, our clients explain that they went to the home store “pretty sure” of what kind and sizes of pipes they had, but when they got home, they recognized they had been a little off. Determined to make it work, they try to force pipes and fittings together which can ruin threading and create leaks that damage wood and tile.
While fittings are made to connect two sizes of pipes, knowing the pipe materials and which fitting to use is critical. Pipes must also match your fixtures to maintain the pressure you expect. Always think of a notebook and pencil BEFORE you leave for the home store.
4. Creating a perfectly level shower floor
Level is ideal when hanging photos, truing doors and installing windows, but any home remodel involving water must be sloped. The tough part about the bathroom remodel is that the shower floor must be sloped at the masonry level (the cement underneath) before any inserts go in. That means, if you messed it up and are standing in an inch or two of tepid water every morning, the whole tub or shower floor has to come out again. Getting these sloped correctly initially keeps feet in a constant, shallow flow rather than five dirty inches of tepid water.
5. Improper drain venting
Plumbing is an exact science! That is why new plumbers train so hard and apprentice for so long. The holes at the front of the sink vent air into the plumbing system so that water seals around plumbing traps hold and sewer gas does not leak into your home. Further, vents create the neutral air pressure that helps water and waste move properly through your pipes. They bring the oxygen necessary for waste breakdown into the system.
We find that do-it-yourselfers get into trouble when they do not give the vent the respect it deserves. Some ignore it completely. When their bathroom fills with sewer gas, we come in to rectify the problem.
Perry Plumbing: the Bathroom Remodeling Experts
With over 35 years serving San Diego, Perry Plumbing has remodeled bathrooms so tiny you could not shut the door to those as large as a master bedroom. Both have unique challenges and it takes a master plumber to overcome them all. Getting the plumbing foundation in place correctly saves home and business owners all kinds of headaches for years and even decades to come. The PEX piping we use now has proven as strong as copper (which lasts 50 years) and it costs about one-third as much. Call us to discuss your piping and remodeling options! You can even use our San Diego plumbing repair discounts to save. Read our 5-Star Google Plus and Yelp reviews to see how your neighbors are raving about our services and affordable prices!