Bathroom Remodel? 5 Plumbing Facts You Need to Know

Hey out there, Conway! What’s up, Little River? It’s Cool Cat, comin’ at ya with more news you can use. Now that the long hot summer is close to ending, many people are moving ahead with remodeling plans. If your plans include remodeling your bathroom, there are some things you need to know before you plan a major overhaul. In fact, there are 5 things you need to know!

1. Plumbing can limit your layout options – If you’re planning to relocate big items like your tub or toilet, you might have to think twice. While incoming plumbing can often be re-routed to fit a new layout, the outgoing plumbing/drains are not always so easy to work around. Depending on the construction, it might not be possible to change the position of your drains to fit the new layout you envision. Before you start ripping out walls, make sure you discuss your plans with a plumbing contractor who can assess the situation for ya.

2. Consider your water heater – While you’re having plumbing reworked, consider your water heater. Has it been around for a while? The average lifespan of a water heater is about 10 years. If your water heater is already on borrowed time, you might consider replacing it as part of your remodel. Why not? You already have a plumber there and today’s models are more energy-efficient than ever. You’ll ultimately save some major green on this deal.

3. Plumbing for extras is coooooool – Want heated floors? While you have the bathroom gutted, might as well have your plumbing contractor install tubing in the floor to add this feature. Want extra shower heads? Put it in the plans! During a remodel is the best time to set up plumbing for extras.

4. What’s your pressure? – Your water pressure can be a bigger deal than you think. The average home has water pressure between 45 to 80 pounds per square inch. If your water pressure is lower than average, it might not work with low-flow options such as low-flow showerheads and low-flow toilets. If your pressure is too low, there are things your plumber can do to boost your pressure. If your pressure is too high, it can cause major wear and tear to your new fixtures and faucets. That’s not coooool! In that case, your plumber can install a pressure-reducing valve to bring your water pressure down to normal levels.

5. Your choices impact your pipe types – Over the years, many homes had cast iron, copper and galvanized steel for piping. Copper, for example, is a super popular choice but it might not work with the options you’ve chosen. For example, low-flow toilets require flexible PEX or PVC plumbing. You’ll also want to consider if you want your piping exposed or hidden. Hidden pipes give a more modern look while visible pipes are more traditional. Some types of pipe material might not work with a hidden plumbing plan or could look terrible in a more visible plumbing plan. Again, it’s important to have an experienced pro on your plumbing job to make sure you get the right setup for your new bathroom.

If you get stuck or need help planning your plumbing for that bathroom remodel, the cats at Carolina Cool can help. They are the pros in the know on all the latest plumbing technology. If you need your plumbing done right, these cats are the ones to call.