If you’re reading this blog post, chances are your bathroom doesn’t look the way you want it to. Either that, or it’s not as functional as it could be. Whatever the case, you are considering or have started a bathroom remodel. We don’t blame you—your bathrooms are the most used rooms in your household, and a remodeling job can give you a brand new space.
Of course, when it comes to the plumbing fixtures in your bathroom, it pays to work closely with qualified and experienced plumbing professionals. The level of care you take in planning and preparing for your remodeling job is going to make a huge difference in the results you’ll see from it. In fact, there may even be factors you haven’t considered yet, such as potential problems.
Below are 3 common bathroom plumbing mistakes that happen when homeowners try to “DIY” the job instead of contacting a plumbing professional.
1. Not Measuring for Toilet Placement Correctly
Do you know what the toilet rough-in is? This is the measurement that determines the distance between the toilet’s bolt caps on the floor to the finished wall. The standard in modern US homes is 12 inches, but this can vary depending on how old your home is.
2. Not Properly Venting Drains
Ventilation is essential. Your sink trap can be sucked dry, and as a result it won’t function as a barrier between your bathroom and sewer system. You can imagine where we’re going with that one!
3. Not Sloping the Shower Floor Correctly
If the masonry that makes up your shower floor isn’t slanted correctly, the water won’t drain properly, and you’ll have perpetual standing water in your shower at all times, leading to unhealthy mold and mildew development.
When homeowners choose to pass on hiring a professional and instead decide to do a remodel on their own, there are a number of things that can go wrong, as we just illustrated. We aren’t saying this to scare you into hiring a pro, but to encourage you to at least consult with a trained and experienced professional before starting a bathroom remodel.
Here are some other things to consider:
Practicality Should Come Before Aesthetics
We understand, the main reason that many homeowners plan a remodel of any kind is because they don’t like how their space currently looks. Remodeling gives you a great opportunity to change the aesthetics of your home. However, you shouldn’t let the desire to have a great looking bathroom overcome the practical needs of the space.
You’ll need to easily use your sink, toilet, and shower, after all. You also need proper counter space for toiletries. It’s important to plan for your daily needs for the space before beginning a remodel—this is a huge reason it’s best to hire an experienced professional for the job.
Square Footage Only Goes So Far
An experienced plumber will be able to perform wonders when making effective use of your bathroom space, allowing you to fit the various appliances and fixtures you want and need into a typically crowded space. However, every space has its limits!
Working with a qualified plumbing contractor will help you determine how many of your remodeling goals you can meet.