Considerations: Fixtures & Bathroom Remodeling
Remodeling your home is always a good way to keep things updated and home value on the rise. Remodeling a bathroom can be a little overwhelming at first, but it doesn’t have to be. Before you begin your remodel, make sure you consider the plumbing involved in each aspect of your bathroom.
TIP: Before the remodel begins, be sure to turn off all water to the house and open faucets to drain. Toilets and sinks have shut-off valves, so these fixtures can simply be removed.
Whether you plan on keeping your current toilet or installing a new one, it is always a good idea to drain the toilet to avoid possible spills or other problems during a remodel. If you are planning on installing a new toilet, simply take your old toilet out to the curb. Keeping your current toilet may be a cost-effective strategy however, unless it is due for an upgrade. If you plan on moving your toilet, the pipes will most likely have to be refit, and this will all increase cost and difficulty.
Before disconnecting a sink, turn off the shut-off valves, open the faucet, and let the water drain. Disconnect the drain pipe from the sink water lines. Like the toilet, if you plan on moving your sink, the pipes may need refitting and extra work- which will also cost more. Sinks require a vent to slow drainage, which may also serve the toilet. Since both the sink and toilet benefit from this vent, placement is key.
When installing a new tub, the drain location will more than likely change. It can be hard to fit a new tub in the exact same drain location as the old one, therefore a new location may be necessary. The cost and difficulty really depend on how far the new drain will need to be moved.
The smaller your drains are, the more likely they are to clog with hair and other wastes. When taking this into consideration, it only makes sense to increase the drain size in order to help eliminate some of the potential clogs and keep your fixtures running smoothly.
At the end of the day, a bathroom remodel is always worth the hassle. It is well worth it to have the bathroom of your dreams! If you need help with your bathroom remodel don’t hesitate to give Rapid-Rooter a call.