What to Know about Bathroom Plumbing in a Remodel

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So you’ve decided to remodel your bathroom. Well, then you’ve stumbled across the right blog post! We’d be happy to help you design the bathroom of your dreams. Whether you’re looking for more functionality or you want to move around the room with more ease and need more space to do so, we’re your team!

Bathroom remodels are very common plumbing jobs for us, but they are definitely one of those jobs that requires a professional touch. The reason we say this, is because many well-intentioned DIY-enthused homeowners have tried to do these jobs on their own, only to run into trouble, where they need a professional to fix anyway.

There are a lot of factors to consider with a job of this scope! Read on as we uncover what these factors are.

Consider Practicality

This is probably the first thing you should look at, in contrast to aesthetics. Of course, the primary reason most homeowners even plan a remodel of some kind is because they don’t like how the space looks. After all, remodeling gives homeowners a great opportunity to change this.

But you want to think about how easily you’ll be able to use your shower, sink, toilet, and bathtub if you have one. You also don’t want to forget about your counter space—do you have enough room for your toiletries? It’s important to consider the daily needs of everyone in your household when designing these rooms.

Consider Bathroom Square Footage

Our plumbers are highly trained and have years of experience with all types of bathroom plumbing installations. We’re here to help you fit the various fixtures and appliances that you’ll need and want in your bathroom space.

It’s important, though, to remember that every bathroom has its limits with space. Eventually, you’ll reach those limits. But if you work with a qualified plumber like a member of our team, you’ll have expert assistance in deciding how many of your goals you can realistically meet or if anything can be adapted.

Consider All the Steps Necessary

Okay, so you’ve decided you’re doing a bathroom model, you’ve done the measurements to make sure you have space to do what you want—but have you done all the measurements? There are a few things that homeowners tend to miss, and that’s when they need to call a professional plumber anyway. This includes:

  • Not Measuring for Toilet Placement Correctly: Have you heard of a toilet rough-in measurement? This is the measurement of the distance between the two bolts of the toilet that go into your floor. The standard for most modern homes is 12 inches, but older homes can have toilet rough-ins that are smaller or larger than this.
  • Not Sloping the Shower Floor Correctly: An improperly sloped floor can lead to standing water in your shower, which will encourage the growth and development of mold and mildew. One last factor to consider is how well vented the drains are. Improper ventilation leads to problems like a dry sink trap, meaning there’s no barrier between the bathroom and sewer system—a smelly and unhygienic problem!

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