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What are Some Common Plumbing Issues Faced During Bathroom Renovation

by Elias Deukmajian | Bathroom Remodel

During a home renovation, bathrooms pose unique challenges. Unlike other rooms in your house, a bathroom’s main functional parts are located in your walls, which is why it’s very important not to take on any plumbing job without experience.

DIY is very tempting, especially in an age where YouTube has thousands of tutorials for various home projects. However, plumbing is sensitive, and if done incorrectly, it can compromise the fixtures in your bathroom, the integrity of your home, and become an even costlier problem to fix.

So you may ask what are some common plumbing issues you may run into during your bathroom renovation? There are a few components in the typical bathroom that require plumbing, such as a tub or shower, the toilet and the sink. All of these have plumbing aspects on the outside, like faucets and knobs, and some on the insides like pipes and drains.

Additionally, you have other support aspects like well-sealed tiles and walls to ensure all of your plumbing fixtures are structurally sound and water is contained in the pipes properly. Any of these three categories of plumbing in your bathroom can cause you a number of issues during your remodel.

Outer Aspects

The outer aspects of your plumbing fixtures are least likely to create any problems for you during your remodel. Faucets, knobs, and even your vanity and toilet systems are relatively easy fixes.

Like the rest of your home, if a certain part doesn’t work, you can usually simply replace it. However, when working on tubs, sinks, or toilets, it is important to remember to shut the water off to the house and then turn all faucets to the highest level to drain the water lines or cap the internal pipes if you are replacing the tub or toilet.

Internal Aspects

During a bathroom remodel, the internal plumbing fixtures are the most likely to create problems with costly repairs. You should avoid internal plumbing unless you have experience. A few common problems are:

  • Old or corroded pipes that break down or do not meet modern inspection standards
  • Leaky pipes that may end up being a very expensive nuisance
  • Damaged drain pipes that cause a sewer like smell in your bathroom
  • Blocked drain pipes that may cause bacteria and mold to grow on the inside of the pipes
  • Sump pump failure that adds weeks and a comma to your bathroom remodel plan
  • Incorrectly secured pipes that cause a rattling sound when the shower is turned on

Support Features

A good plumber knows that the pipes and water maintenance system requires good support in order to properly function. Some common support features that cause problems for your plumbing are:

  • Improperly-sealed tiles that allow water to overflow your pipes and cause leaks, water damage and mold
  • A bad or outdated vent system can cause drains to gurgle or traps to dry out, contributing to clogs
  • Unlevel floors and walls can cause tubs and showers to leak water, especially if they have glass doors
  • Improperly-cut floor joists to accommodate plumbing can compromise the floor load and your home’s structural integrity

Kitchen Emporium Will Help!

Contracting a professional for your bathroom remodel sooner rather than later can prevent you from dealing with major plumbing disasters and costly repairs. The right plumber can be the difference between a successful remodel and several weeks of delays and unforeseen plumbing catastrophes.

Bathroom Plumbing Repair Every home is built differently, and an expert will be able to tailor your remodeling plan to your home’s specific layout. A professional plumber will be able to ensure that the most important room in your home is functional and beautifully remodelled, and that any change in layout doesn’t affect the functionality of your plumbing system.

The Kitchen Emporium has proudly been serving customers in the Southern California areas, including the San Fernando Valley, and San Diego. For years, we have provided our community with high quality, expert service in bathroom remodeling projects. We have a friendly and knowledgeable staff who will communicate openly with you through every step of the bathroom remodel process. Give us a call today, and be prepared to receive the bathroom remodel of your dreams, at wholesale prices!

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