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What are Plumbing Considerations in Bathroom Remodeling?
We’ll look out for the following issues: Does water accumulate at the bottom of the sink or tub? Does the toilet tank fill up slowly? Is there moisture leaking past any sealed areas? How about odors, mold, mildew?
Any of these considerations can point to a plumbing problem that must be addressed before dealing with more cosmetic concerns. If any of these signs leads to a drainage problem connected with the sewage system, it is imperative that a licensed plumber deal with the situation.
Assuming there are no signs of leaks, sluggishness, mildew, or unusual odors, check the fixtures. Rust and corrosion are large problems, as are broken or faded fixtures, all of which will require replacement.
There could also be pipe problems to consider. When it comes to old and outdated piping, the possibility of a problem is almost certain. Cast iron pipes, for example, corrode from within. While they may appear undamaged, the walls will have thinned to the point of breakage.
The joints of galvanized steel and copper piping are also prone to corrosion. Galvanized steel joints can be completely blocked off by corrosion, making it imperative that the entire pipe be removed. With copper piping, it may be the mineral content in the hard water that causes corrosion.
Older homes may also be fitted with outdated, illegal piping, such as polybutylene pipes. These were installed in homes between the 1970s and 1990s. It has been suggested that chlorine in the water affects the chemical composition of the pipes. We will remove any polybutylene piping discovered during a bathroom remodel.