Top Plumbing Concerns When Remodeling Your Bathroom in San Diego
If a bathroom remodel is on your family’s 2016 calendar, make sure that, whichever contractor you use, he has excellent plumbers on hand for this task. As with most remodels, unforeseen plumbing problems can crop up when the dry wall comes down. Before you embark on a bathroom remodel, review these warnings so you’re prepared with options should a roadblock come up.
Think twice before moving your plumbing:
Did you know it can be unbelievably expensive to move your underground plumbing around just to suit your remodel? Transferring and/or replacing underground pipes usually requires total demolition of the surrounding walls and floors, re-piping these major underground “arteries” to re-connect them to the main, acquiring city coding approval, and then re-installation of new flooring/dry wall/painting. It can be done, but it is a pricey hassle, so if you are on a budget, consider the new fitting toilet/shower, etc. into your existing plumbing set-up.
Beware of unforeseen mold and water damage:
Sometimes it is not until your bathroom remodel is already underway that you discover signs of serious mold damage that had been hidden under the wallpaper, or even lurking near the ceiling and/or baseboards. Once uncovered, these mold spores can spread throughout the rest of your home, resulting in upper respiratory tract problems like coughing and wheezing. Usually the culprit of this water damage is something benign, like a leaking toilet or shower. If you do indeed have mold, a mold remediation company must be contacted to totally remove the mold damage before any renovation can begin.
You may need to re-size your drain/plumbing lines:
Elaborate showers that provide multiple sprays may seem like a dream bathing experience, but those upgraded devices may also require an overhaul of current piping. With the added piping required for these experiences, the existing drain and plumbing lines may need resizing. Additional water features may increase your water bill . . . something to seriously consider before choosing to amplify your current shower/tub capabilities.
New fixtures may require a new water heater:
Deep tubs, double showers, and bidets could require a brand new water heater as well. Additional water piping sources must have a water heater large enough to pump in the increased hot water needs, which may mean you will need a larger water heater. This is an important factor to consider before adding on those extra bathroom fixtures.
Do your homework on the various countertop and faucet material/finishes:
You should never buy finishes for your bathroom before doing your research first. For example, did you know that chrome can get scratched easily? Or that porcelain is prone to chipping? Even laminate can scuff. So whether you are debating polished nickel, satin brass, or even stainless steel as a finish, get online and read up on those customer reviews and industry standards. Stay informed and make the right decision for your budget and lifestyle.
Perry Plumbing Heating & Air Will Guide You through Bathroom Remodel Plumbing
When you have finally decided that now is the time re-do your whole bathroom, make sure a trustworthy plumber is also on board. We at Perry Plumbing Heating & Air will make helpful recommendations on reliable products, suggestions for any re-piping issues, and even ensure that your hot water heater/plumbing is up to code and in good working order. Contact us at 619-472-2112, and check out our website at www.perryplumbing.com. Named Contractor of the Year from both Contractor magazine and San Diego’s Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC) Association, we strive for customer satisfaction at every step. Our business was also a 2015 Torch Award Finalist from the Better Business Bureau for our outstanding marketplace ethics.