The Perils in Bathroom Remodeling
Remodeling your bathroom will add style to your home as well as increase property value. However, the bathroom includes some of the most critical systems in your home and serious problems can result if proper procedures aren’t followed.
Common Plumbing Problems
Poor drainage can result in clogged pipes or other issues, such as water draining out to an area where it shouldn’t be. If the original plumber did not properly install the plumbing system you may have to have the entire system replaced by a professional to bring it up to meet local building codes.
In older homes the original plumbing may have been made of cast iron or galvanized metal pipes, which will most often corrode over time. If you do have pipes made out of older materials it is a good time to upgrade the system to copper when remodeling, even if not required by code.
Most modern plumbing codes now require tub surrounds and showers be waterproof, to prevent mold. However, many older installations weren’t typically built with a waterproof membrane and could have resulted in rotten wood and mold.
While some areas do not have any building restrictions whatsoever, most municipalities now have plumbing codes that were not in place when many older homes were constructed. Most codes now mandate vents for all drain lines to prevent the buildup of dangerous gases, and as a result you made need to have vents added to your system.
When Should I Replace My Shower or Tub?
Useless it is in pristine condition, it is always a good idea to have your shower or tub replaced when you have your bathroom remodeled. You don’t want to decide a month after your bathroom remolding project is finished that your tub or shower needs replacing. Additionally, if your tub is stained, scratched or has deep gouges it is time to replace it, even if you aren’t planning a full bathroom remodel.
What Local Codes Need To Be Followed?
While some people see local codes as a hindrance they don’t really have to follow, building codes are established for the safety of everyone. Always be sure to use a reputable and licensed plumber who is current on all local codes, as not doing so can result in fines and having to pay to have the job done twice to bring the plumbing system up to spec.
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