When it comes to increasing the value of your home, or even just updating it for your own enjoyment, one of the top do-it-yourself projects we hear about is bathroom remodels. We understand why it’s extremely tempting to go the DIY route in order to save money. However, this is only a good idea if you are licensed plumber and know exactly what you’re doing.
If you are like the majority of homeowners, however, a bathroom remodeling project is going to require a lot more of your time, patience and learning that you may realize. This is not a project that should be rushed through as that can result in many problems. We’ve highlighted 3 main reasons below that a DIY bathroom plumbing remodel can be a bad idea.
1. You May Not Know How to Size Your Toilet
There is a measurement for your toilet called the rough-in. This is the distance between the toilet’s bolt caps on the floor to the finished wall. In the U.S. the standard is 12 inches and therefore that’s what most toilets are built for. However, many older homes may have a smaller or larger rough-in.
As a result, you might end up ordering a new toilet with the assumption that you have a standard-sized bathroom, or you may not have known about its rough-in at all. You don’t want to be stuck with a toilet that doesn’t fit. Your options in this case would be to exchange the toilet or move the drain, neither of which are ideal situations!
2. You Must Properly Vent Your Bathroom Sink Drain
Are you planning on running new sink drain lines for your bathroom remodel? If so, you want to know that it’s being done properly. Professional plumbers commonly run into homes that have S-trap type drains, which aren’t properly vented. As a result, the trap gets sucked dry and no longer serves as the barrier between your bathroom and the sewer system.
3. The Shower Floor Must be Sloped Correctly
The first layer of a shower base is masonry, which must be properly slanted in order for water to flow effectively to the drain. The last scenario you want is that you’re done with your bathroom remodel only to discover that when you take a shower you’re constantly in standing water. While it will eventually drain, this resting water makes your shower prone to mold and mildew.
To schedule a professional bathroom plumbing remodel appointment in Espanola, NM, contact the experts at Glorieta Creek Mechanical LLC.