4 Plumbing Mistakes To Avoid In A Bathroom Renovation

18 May 2016
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A bathroom renovation usually adds value to a home. For the homeowner, the trick is to make the right remodeling decisions while avoiding too many mistakes. To help you stay on track with your bathroom renovation, here are some common plumbing mistakes to avoid. 

Adding Too Many Fixtures

The more fixtures you have in your bathroom, the lower the water pressure tends to be. A low flow shower or toilet coupled with the already low water pressure can lead to nothing but a plumbing issue down the road. 

Before installing any fixtures in the bathroom, work with  plumbers to determine the number of fixtures you can add without impacting the water pressure. Your plumber might recommend using fewer fixtures or rerouting some of your pipes so that you have stronger water pressure. 

Failing to Add Vent Drains

The vent drains are in place to provide a barrier between your bathroom and the sewer system. When the drains are not installed, gas from the sewer can flow up your drains and leave an unpleasant smell in the room. It can also be an attraction for vermin. 

If you are planning to install a new drain line in your bathroom, it is important that you remember to add a vent drain. 

Using Mismatched Pipes

When your plumbing pipes do not match, you can experience a range of problems, including leaks and corrosion. The pipes need to fit the fixtures properly and connect with each other correctly. 

To avoid issues, ensure you know the correct measurements for every line in your plumbing system. Review the instructions for the fixtures to determine what sizes are needed. You also need to check the local municipal housing codes to ensure that the pipes you are installing meet the set requirements. 

Using Trendy Fixtures

Unless you have no intentions of selling your home in the future, avoid the trendy fixtures. Trendy fixtures can date your bathroom and make it less attractive to sellers. 

Even if you do not plan to sell your home, you could be left with a bathroom that you hate in a couple of years due to the outdated fixtures. By sticking with classic fixtures, you not only lengthen the lifespan of your bathroom's style, but you avoid the risk of hurting the value of your bathroom. 

Consult with a plumber to determine what other mistakes you need to avoid when remodeling your bathroom.