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Happy New Year! The holidays are finally over and 2016 might be the year you will upgrade your kitchen or bathroom. You don’t want to forget about the plumbing until the last minute. If you are one of the millions thinking of a renovation, consider hiring a professional for at least some of the work. There are many things that can go wrong, especially with the plumbing.

Whether you hire a plumber or not, here are 4 tips to help with your upgrade:

Purchase fixtures that are energy efficient. They might cost a bit more at the checkout counter, but over time you will save much more. There are a number of plumbing appliances that can help you conserve water and energy. The US Environmental Protection Agency has a program for labeling consumer products with the Watersense label for products that meet specific water-reduction standards. You can find these labels on faucets, shower heads, and hose nozzles. Other appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines, have energy ratings and water use ratings on Energy Star labels.

Do your research on the various materials and fixtures for plumbing before you buy. You will discover a multitude of featured options available to you and differences for maintenance, energy and conservation. You will also want to understand if there are better moisture resistant materials that can help reduce the potential for mold. Plus, you want to verify availability so that your choice of fittings and fixtures will be ready to purchase for when you install them.

Evaluate your pipes before you upgrade. The winter season is here and you might all too quickly find out there is a problem if a water line bursts. Don’t wait. If you have a home with older pipes, it is worth it to have a plumber inspect them and give his opinion. And if you are updating appliances and cabinets, it will be much easier for you to place insulation around your pipes or replace them entirely while you have items out of the way and walls accessible in your kitchen or bathroom.

Have an expert review your plan. There is a reason why your sinks, toilets, and tub are located where they are. That design has to do with how your pipes are laid out behind your walls. You don’t want to wait until your new cabinets are in place before you realize the cost of moving your sink or toilet to another wall because there is no direct access to pipes. And if something is going to affect your plans, it is best to know it before you start your upgrade so you can plan it in your time and budget accordingly.

Getting advice from an expert plumber can go a long way in giving you the peace of mind that your project is well planned and your budget is adequate. But hiring an expert goes beyond that. You can get advice and tips while being better prepared to decrease the chance you forget something. If you are not sure, hiring qualified plumbers to do the work can provide the experience and knowledge with the right tools and equipment to get your plumbing done right.

High Priority Plumbing can help make your upgrade into the kitchen or bathroom you are dreaming of. Contact us for information at 770.860.8110 in Atlanta or 912.373.7707 in Savannah.

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