Just because the plumbing in your home is less than a decade old doesn't mean that you will get to keep it in your remodel. Many popular upgrades require new plumbing, regardless of age. Make sure to check the following items before you leave out new plumbing in your remodel budget.
Changing The Location Of One Or More Items
Most bathroom remodels are about updating the vanity and shower, repainting and retiling. However, in some cases, the toilet, sink and shower are just in a bad spot, and your best bet is to move them. For small adjustments, you may be able to work with existing plumbing, but for adjustments more than a few inches, you will probably need to completely replumb the area. If you are going to go this route, think carefully so that you are sure you are improving the situation instead of simply recreating it.
When planning a better layout, there are several things that you need to consider.
- The first item is where the door is going to open. Many a small bathroom looked great until the homeowner put the door back on only to find it can't open all the way.
- Even though you will likely be moving, at least, some of the plumbing, you should still keep the location of existing plumbing in mind. Adding plumbing to a new wall will be easier than creating a whole new pipeline.
- Lighting is extremely important in this tight space. Blocking windows is a tough call and should be avoided if possible.
Larger Shower System
A waterfall shower is a fantastic way to wake up in the morning, or to relax after a long day at work. The same goes for multi-head showers. These are becoming more popular and are often replacing bathtubs as the primary component of even master bathrooms. The downside of these types of showers is that they go through a lot of water. It is unlikely that your standard plumbing will be able to handle the additional load required for this type of shower.
If you are planning on installing this type of system, be sure to get a plumber involved in your early planning. Both the hot and cold water pipes that feed the shower may need to be upgraded, and the drain almost certainly will. If you don't the water won't have the oomph you are looking for, and if the drain can't keep up, it will clog easily and flood.
Adding A Hot Water Recovery System
Most remodel projects only look at the visual aspects of your bathroom, or at most the items that will directly affect daily usage. However, there are plenty of options that will improve either your experience or reduce your resource usage that you may not have considered.
A great way to reduce your energy usage is to install a hot water recovery system. This system wraps tubing around your drain pipes and runs cool water through it. The cool water is heated by the hot water running down the drain. That warmed up water is then sent to the water heater. Because the water is starting warmer, the heater won't have work so hard to get it to the proper temperature for use.
Most bathroom remodels will require at least a little plumbing, but just how much is determined by several factors. Age of the existing plumbing is the biggest reason major work would be required, but things like moving the shower or installing larger drain lines can force you to do some major work as well. For more information about plumbing upgrades that you may need, contact a company like Salinas & Sons Rooter Service.