Bathroom renovations are popular, since we spend so much time in them. It may be where you get ready in the morning or wind down at the end of the day. You might soak in the tub to relax or enjoy a long hot shower after a workout. This is aside from the current trend of turning bathrooms into private spas or exercise rooms. Some of the changes involved could be done by the homeowner, but there are other renovations that should only be done by a plumber. Let’s learn when you need to call a plumber to assist with your bathroom renovations.
When You’re Moving Fixtures
You’re welcome to replace the existing faucet along with the faucet hardware yourself. However, if you want to move the plumbing fixtures, you need to call in a plumber. Only a plumber is qualified to move the faucet fixture to the other side of the sink. You may be able to replace the toilet yourself, but you should contact a professional if you want to move it several feet or radically change the connecting system. This isn’t a minor cosmetic issue, because it impacts water pressure and drainage for the whole room. However, you can let the contractor install new half-walls around the toilet or put shelves up near the bath tub.
When You’re Adding Fixtures and Connections
You are free to change out the existing shower head. However, you need a professional to install a second showerhead unless you want to have water pressure problems. You can try to change the sink basin yourself, and a construction contractor is qualified to replace a conventional sink with a raised one. However, a plumber is the only person who should be adding the plumbing lines and drains for a second sink. You should also engage the services of a plumber if you’re going to replace the hot water heater.
When Water Damage Is Found
You must call Melbourne plumbing services when your renovation project uncovers water damage. Let the experts find the leak while minimizing the damage leak detection can cause. Allow them to repair the leaks after finding all of them. After all, you don’t want the new construction to suffer the damage of the warped and stained walls you just ripped out. If you hear strange sounds in the bathroom after you’ve finished the work, let a plumber check things out. You can’t afford to ignore leaking pipes until there is mold growing in the walls or the new drywall is spongey.
When You’re Radically Altering the Bathroom Layout
You may be able to rely on a building contractor to rip out an existing bath tub and shower to build a walk in shower. However, you don’t want someone to install new bathroom hardware without a plumber giving them advice. This is true whether you’re moving the sink and toilet or putting in a jetted tub. Bring in a plumber at the start of any new bathroom installation. You can’t afford to have backed up drains or water leaks in your new half-bath. Nor do you want to find out that there is structural damage to your newly renovated bathroom because the contractor didn’t know how to properly install a shower pan.