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Plumbing Information to Consider Before Remodeling Your Bathroom

A bathroom blueprint with tile samples around it

Every great endeavor must start with a great plan – and that includes home improvement projects, especially a bathroom remodel. Before you start tearing into the drywall, plumbing lines and tearing out the tub, you need to decide what sort of finished design you want with your new bathroom remodel so that it can be done right. From new shower heads, bathroom sinks and faucets, to new countertops or how the drain pipes will need to be run will need to be taken into consideration. One of the most important aspects of a new bathroom makeover is the new plumbing. Key questions to ask include:

Where does the existing plumbing run?

Do pipes run under the floor or inside the walls? Knowing where the water and drain lines run will help you avoid accidentally breaking them when you start tearing out existing fixtures during your bathroom remodel.

Do you want to move the toilet, tub, shower, or sink?

Relocating these new fixtures often requires bathroom remodeling services to modify existing water lines and move drain lines to the new locations. It is highly recommended to use a professional plumber for this part of your bathroom renovation or remodeling project versus homeowners attempting a DIY solution.

Do you need to raise the floor to accommodate a new shower/tub, new drains, and/or water lines?

Sometimes you may need to elevate the shower or tub to allow space underneath for the drain and water lines, especially if you’re installing a new cast iron tub.

What type of plumbing is currently used?

If you have an older home, you may want to have the entire bathroom re-plumbed with modern pipes. It would be a waste of your time and money to remodel a bathroom and leave old lead, polybutylene, or galvanized steel pipes that will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Upgrading to PEX piping. PEX piping is one of the options our plumbing contractors can offer for your bathroom remodeling project. Maintaining water pressure is another important aspect to redoing the plumbing system in your bathroom remodel.

Do you want improved water heater performance?

When upgrading or adding new fixtures, you may find your plumbing needs and hot water needs change, and, upgrading to a tankless on demand water heater may provide peace of mind, higher performance and help those new plumbing fixtures to function at their best. As a full-service plumber, we have experience installing these in existing plumbing systems as well as remodel plumbing projects, and our plumbing services can cover many of the needs you’ll have.

The first time you turn on the hot water and it nearly instantly is hot, you’ll be smiling from ear to ear.

Taking the time to answer these questions and determine if you need to move, update, or replace your plumbing will benefit you in the long run. For assistance and to ensure your bathroom plumbing is installed correctly, please feel free to contact A-1 Sewer & Septic Service in Kansas City at 816-301-7882 today!