Are you considering remodeling your bathroom? The holidays are just around the corner and that means you might have guests who want to stay with you while they are visiting the Atlanta area. A newly renovated bathroom would be a great way to show off your beautiful home while adding value to it. Engaging in a new bathroom remodel can be exciting, but you don’t want your fun to be spoiled by plumbing problems.
If you plan to remodel your bathroom, planning can save you from plumbing nightmares. Here are just a few problems to avoid:
Don’t move the plumbing. Placing fixtures away from existing hot water lines can be especially problematic and costly. If you are doing a remodel, place your fixtures where you have existing water and sewer pipes to avoid having to rethink your entire piping layout. That means putting your sinks, toilets, tubs, and showers in the same locations as they are in your existing bathroom.
Not all fixtures are practical for your bathroom. If you are looking to increase the size of your tub with a jet tub or adding a double sink for your new ‘his and hers’ bathroom, you don’t want to wait until your new jet tub or countertop arrive to discover they won’t fit. You will already be working with large, heavy objects in a small space. Plan out the space beforehand. Take measurements of your bathroom and the areas that you plan to place countertops and fixtures to verify your new fixtures will fit.
Obstructions can get in the way. While we are on the subject of placing fixtures, don’t forget about the door. We have seen bathrooms where the toilet was positioned behind a swinging door and the placement made it difficult for the door to open and close properly. Someone was not getting the privacy expected after a remodel.
Make your remodel appropriate for its usage. You might have a great plan for a beautiful bathroom, but who will use the bathroom? Consider if you need child-friendly plumbing appliances or fixtures. And if you are creating a bathroom for a senior parent to stay or live with you, you might want to consider walk-in tubs and wider spacing to account to make it easier to access in the future.
Installing a new tub or shower is not an easy project. There is more to removing the old tub and replacing it with a new one. A plumber can assist you with the specifics of making sure you have proper connections for your hot and cold. You also want to be sure you have the right slope to your tiled floor in your shower. There are many times we have seen people install shower tile and not slope the surface toward the drain. The result – standing water left in corners. And don’t forget about waterproofing your tile tub surrounds and shower.
If your renovation involves opening up the walls or redoing the floor, beware that there are a number of potential problems you could encounter such as corroded piping and mold. Bathrooms that didn’t have proper waterproofing can become a nightmare with mold problems. And older homes with galvanized pipe that has corroded could have leaks you never knew about. Venting is another problem when done improperly. We have seen numerous cases where a vent fan wasn’t connected to the duct and all the moisture was being released into an attic or basement.
Consider doing a “full gut” with a major bathroom renovation. By removing all the plaster from the walls and ceilings, and removing the sub-floor, you can deal with the many years of accumulating problems at once. Hiring a professional with expertise in bathroom remodeling can result in your new bathroom functioning flawlessly with a tremendous value added to your home for many years to come.
High Priority Plumbing has plumbers available throughout the Atlanta area to consult with you about your bathroom remodeling project. They are fully aware of major codes in the metro Atlanta cities and counties. Whether it is upgrading fixtures or a “full gut” job, our plumbers are ready to help make your renovation successful.