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Renovating your home can be an exciting time, and it can be easy to get carried away with choosing paint colors or a dream kitchen. But it’s also important to make sure your renovated home is functional. If you’re renovating a kitchen or bathroom, consulting a qualified plumber is crucial to help you avoid a renovation disaster.
Go Through the Basics
At bathroom Renovations Brisbane (Watermark Plumbing) we always recommend to our clients that before they commit to a design for a new kitchen or bathroom, it’s important to consider how it will tie in with the structure of the house.
For example, if you are adding an additional bathroom to a two-story home, think about its placement in relation to the existing bathroom. If you position the toilet in a similar place on both levels, you won’t have to run waste pipes through the ceiling across other rooms in your home.
Get in touch with your local council to find out how to request a copy of your plumbing and drainage plan. Alternatively, we can supply one for you. Having this on hand when you meet with the plumber can help save time and money.
Meet with a plumber on-site, show them what renovations you are considering, and be open to input from a plumbing perspective. Ask your plumber to lay out the water lines and drainage for the house, so that you can make sure the design is practical for the home, whilst remaining as true to your vision as possible
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In a perfect world, you settle on a design, calculate your budget and everything runs smoothly from there. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the reality, particularly when it comes to renovating older homes. In Queenslanders, walls are often not square and floors not even. This can require some creative work to ensure all your fittings are correctly placed.
One of the biggest challenges occur when an older house has undergone multiple renovations from previous owners, especially when those changes were made without professional input, or any regards to the internal structure of the house.
If the plumbing in the house has been changed multiple times, the overall time and expense can be unpredictable. It’s always best to have some buffer room within your budget. Ask your qualified plumber about any potential problems you may not have considered and err on the side of caution, setting aside the funds in case there is an issue.
Replace Outdated Materials
This may not be necessary if the home you are renovating is relatively modern, however, it is another example of why consulting with a plumber is so important.
Galvanized pipes were used within homes and for sewer lines prior to the 1960s. These pipes are prone to clogging and are at risk of corroding over time. If your renovations involve plumbing, you should consider replacing these pipes with PVC or copper. The cost of replacing pipes for a home will vary and, while it may not be cheap, doing so can help you avoid further headaches and repair expenses in the further down the track.