One of the biggest mistakes homeowners tend to make when undergoing a major bath remodel, is replacing something rather than repairing what’s already existing. Bathroom fixtures will typically go a solid 15-20 years before you need to think about replacing them, so you can use that information to determine whether or not to replace or revamp your faucets. Adequate maintenance and upkeep of your bathroom fixtures also tend to improve their lifespan. If you’re living in a newly built home, this probably will not make it to your worries list for a very long time. However, if your home is more of an “antique” or staple in your community, you probably should check on these sooner than later, especially before you begin your home bathroom remodel.
Four signs indicating faulty bath pipes
Four things that you should check for that may constitute replacing your pipe work include discolored water, a decrease in water pressure, if you notice your pipes are exposed, and lastly what kind of materials were used to create your pipes. This last one will be dependent more so on the year your home was built.
- Discolored water could mean that there is corrosion somewhere along the pipelines. When corrosion is present in your pipes, the rust will begin to break down and contaminate your water. Thus giving it a murky dark brown color. Corrosion is a huge issue to try and detect before beginning any bathroom remodel because if pipes are corroded, they can burst causing water damage, ruining all your remodel work.
- Another tip to keep in mind when completing your bathroom remodel is that your pipes are probably in better shape than you imagined. Brass, galvanized steel and cast iron pipes tend to last upward of 100 years before they need to be replaced, and copper lasts upwards of about 80 years.
- When you run your faucets, you might notice that your water isn’t coming out fast enough. This would indicate that your home has low water pressure. Your household water pressure is usually going to vary by towns. Air can also come into your pipes if they’re improperly sealed which would lead to a fluctuation in water pressure as well. Be sure that all pipes are sealed before you begin any major home renovation.
- If you can see your pipes clear as day, you can actually use that to your advantage. Usually if your home is on the older side, your pipes will run along the ceiling of your basement. Any rust flakes, bumps, dents, or holes in your pipes can lead to leaks, or corrosion. Sometimes with certain pipes you’ll also be able to notice when there’s a water main blockage. Pooling or excessive puddles of water can tell us that our pipes are clogged and need to be flushed out.
Planning your bathroom remodel
According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the average cost of remodeling your kitchen will run you upwards of $23,000. When you choose to work with Chaffee, we work for your budget, not against it! At the end of the day, when you go into something that can get as complex as a complete bathroom remodel, it’ll always feel better to go into it with a plan.
Why are you remodeling your bathroom? Are you doing it for convenience and lifestyle purposes? Or do you just need a refresh? Sometimes we just need a change, therefore simple alternations like changing out your backsplash, or a fresh coat of paint will do the trick. If your bathroom is in dire need of something more specific, like converting your shower into a bathtub, well, this can take some time.
When you map out what your bathroom currently has, and what is in need of being fixed it can help you from costly additives that may not be a necessity at the present time.
Expect the unexpected
Whenever you’re planning on renovating a space in your home, you should be ready for the hiccups that (may) come along the way. Nothing ever seems to go according to plan when you want it to, so make sure you have some wiggle room as far as financials go.
Choose your bathroom remodeling materials wisely
Look for certain products and materials that are going to meet your quality of life so that you get the most out of your bath remodel. Some things to think about include your lighting, cabinets and drawers, countertops, water proofing, storage and organization, sink and bath fixtures, and your vanity.
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