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Bathroom Remodeling Can Be a Can of Worms

You need a new bathroom and you’re ready for a change.

Bathroom remodel - need a plumber?

You’ve got a style, some overall plans and a budget. To save money, you want to do some of it yourself. It sounds like the perfect mix, until you find some plumbing repair issues.

Here’s when to call in a plumbing contractor:

You find old pipes.
They might be galvanized or even PVC, but they will need upgrading. When you see white plastic pipes or gray steel pipes, know that the failure rates for these types of pipe are high, and it’s best to replace them as soon as possible. If you found copper pipes but don’t know how old they are, call in a plumber for a free inspection. An expert can evaluate your water flow, and how your fittings are holding up.

When your walls are opened up, it’s the perfect opportunity to get every part checked out, and either repaired or replaced. You can save hundreds of dollars in the long run by upgrading the items behind the walls first. That way, when your remodel is finished, you’ll know your next remodel won’t be until you decide it’s time.

You find a leak.
Many times, a sink, toilet, shower or bathtub that you want to reuse can look brand new on the outside. Once you’ve pulled away the surrounding areas, however, you get a much better look at what’s really going on. Mold is the biggest red flag that you have a leak, but do you know what’s leaking? Can you tell where it’s coming from? Do you know what to do to stop the leak? What else do you need to replace? Can you still save the piece or do you have to buy a new one?

A drain pipe leak, for example, can be tricky. A licensed plumber can trace the leak and repair the problem quickly. This can save you time, money and numerous trips to the home improvement superstore.

You didn’t find other problems, but that’s only because you didn’t know what else to look for.
A licensed plumber knows how one issue can trigger another. If there was a leak, did it compromise the integrity of your subfloor or cause dry rot behind your sink connections? Your bigger bathtub fits into the space, but can your floor support the heavier weight? The new floorplan works great, but does an electrical outlet need to be rerouted now that the toilet is on the south wall? A licensed plumber has the right training to look for potential issues, and can tell you the steps you need to take for your new bathroom remodel to go smoothly.

Will your water heater keep up with the new whirlpool tub?
If you have a big capacity tub and a smaller water heater, the answer is probably not. A licensed plumbing contractor can list your options and if a new water heater is in order, provide a quality water heater installation to help you start enjoying your new tub sooner.

You’re installing your new fixtures with the tools you have, not the ones you need.
Yeah, it’ll probably work….besides, it looks all right. But you just spent a lot of money on a new bathroom remodel. An improperly installed sink, tub or toilet can spoil everything in a matter of days. Do you really want to risk it on a “probably”? Get your installation done right the first time by a professional plumbing contractor. Save time, money and frustration. Call 480-966-8795 City Wide Plumbing for “Quality plumbing at an affordable price.”

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