Kitchen and Bathroom Plumbing UpgradesPlanning on remodeling your bathroom or kitchen? It's important to ensure that your home's plumbing is up to the job and can handle the upgraded appliances fixtures. Here are a few things to consider when remodeling.
1. Do your supply and drain pipes need to be updated?When old fixtures are taken out and the floor and walls are ripped open to expose the pipes, take a moment to assess the condition and size of the pipes. It's a good idea to ensure that supply pipes are ¾” in order to have good water flow to several fixtures, such as multiple shower heads or sprayers in a shower.
2. Will there be enough hot water?Large soaking tubs and showers with multiple spraying heads are a nice luxury, but can also put greater demand on your water heater. Will you need a larger water heater tank to meet additional demand? Consult with your plumber to see of your tank is large enough. Or, consider adding a tankless water heater.
3. Conserving waterSpa-like bathroom can use a lot of hot water. Thankfully, many new plumbing fixtures are designed with efficiency in mind. Dual-flush toilets and low-flow shower heads can save many hundreds of gallons of water over the course of a year. Tankless water heaters, while initially more expensive than conventional water heaters, heat water only when it's needed, conserving energy while providing a virtually endless supply of hot water.
Need help with your bathroom plumbing? Call M/R Plumbing, we can help ensure your plumbing is ready.