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Preventing Plumbing Problems

After moving into a new home, I realized that there were a few problems that I didn't notice during the initial inspection. I started looking around at the plumbing, and it was surprising to see how many problems there were with the house. There were bad smells coming out of the drains, the pipes seemed like they were always clogged, and I was having trouble getting hot water. I knew that I needed to do what I could to prevent plumbing problems, and it all started with working with the right professional. This blog is here to help people to recognize the signs of plumbing problems.

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Important Plumbing Considerations When Remodeling Your Home's Bathroom

If your older home's bathroom has seen better days, and you have decided that it is now time to remodel the bathroom, then there are many important plumbing considerations you need to keep in mind while you are planning your renovation project, including the following.

Decide Whether You Want Your Sink's Plumbing Lines Exposed or Hidden

If you will be installing a pedestal sink in your newly remodeled bathroom, then you need to decide whether you would prefer a model with which the water supply lines are left bare or hidden in the sink's stand. If you are opting for a more modern design, then you should hide the supply lines. In contrast, if you are designing your new bathroom with more of a vintage feel, then you should leave the supply lines bare, as they will add to the aesthetic of the room.

Consider Placing the Toilet in Its Own Room for Privacy and Better Bathroom Function

No matter what design style you use for your new bathroom, you should always try to place the toilet so that it is not visible through the open door of your bathroom. One nice way to do this is to enclose it inside of its own small room. Putting your bathroom's toilet in its own room also makes your bathroom more functional during the times when two people are trying to get ready for work or when you have guests in your home.

Install a Larger Water Supply Line for a Grand Shower or Soaking Bathtub

If you are installing a big shower with multiple showerheads or a large soaking bathtub, then it is important that you increase the size of their water supply lines. The enlarged diameter of the plumbing supply line will increase the water flow. For your new shower, this means that the water will come out from your multiple showerheads as strongly as it is supposed to. And, for a soaking tub, this means that you won't have to wait for an hour for the tub to fill with water every time you want to take a bath. 

If Necessary, Install a Higher Capacity Water Heater

Finally, if your home's bathroom-renovation project includes installing large bathtubs or shower stalls with multiple plumbing fixtures, then it is vital that you ensure that your water heater can keep up with the new demand for additional hot water. If you are renovating an older home that has not yet had its water heater replaced, then it is probably time for a new one anyway. When making your selection, ensure that you will have plenty of hot water to service your new plumbing fixtures.

Talk to a professional, such as one from ABEL Plumbing Inc., to get more personalized advice.