Renovating your bathroom can be a challenging but rewarding DIY project. When it comes to the bathroom renovations itself, we won’t offer too much advice. When it gets down to the plumbing in the bathroom itself, however, we strongly recommend letting a professional help out. At the very least, a thorough inspection by a plumber. We’ll explain below how a plumber can help.
1. Thorough Cleaning and Inspection
Before you start any renovations, you’ll want to call up a professional to get a thorough inspection and possibly even a drain cleaning in Phoenix, AZ.
If there are any issues with your plumbing, you’ll want to find out about it now rather than later. This could include things like water damage, corroded plumbing, structural deficiencies, and more. Unless you’ve recently had your plumbing in the bathroom thoroughly inspected or redone, you won’t know for sure that there isn’t some plumbing work that could be greatly improved upon.
And why a drain cleaning? Well, for one, you most likely need it if you haven’t had it done recently. But more importantly, you might realize that your drain lines are very narrow. A renovation is the perfect time to consider installing a wider drain line, which helps reduce the number of clogs.
2. Choosing and Installing a Shower
There are a lot of exciting options out there when it comes to showers. However, we find that many homeowners looking to install on their own realize something soon after: they haven’t considered how the plumbing factors in. Namely, how the valves and pipes are going to fit in with their existing system.
Not only do you need to understand what each valve does, but you need to make sure you’re installing the right kinds. It’s not uncommon for us to hear stories about enthusiastic DIYers buying the wrong parts, finding out too late, and then having to put their project on hold.
Plus, you might miss out on some good opportunities if you don’t consult with an expert. Some valve configurations allow you to have entirely different shower knobs, giving you an extra level of customization that you wouldn’t see in a normal shower setup.
3. Replacing Old Pipes
Depending on how old your home is, you may be living on top of an old pipe system in desperate need of replacement. If you didn’t know any better yourself, then you might miss out on an opportunity to have your pipes replaced.
Of course, this has nothing to do with the cosmetics of your renovation. Old pipes can be hazardous to your health, such as when dealing with galvanized steel piping. Having these pipes replaced as soon as possible is your best option.
Not just that, but old pipes can actually do damage to your new renovations. The new renovations will most likely include adding copper pipes. But as it turns out, copper and galvanized steel don’t mix well. Their chemicals create a form of corrosion that can put holes in the new copper pipes. Soon after completing your renovations, you’d be calling a professional to have those pipes replaced anyways.