Bathroom Plumbing: What to know
The first step of your bathroom renovations should be to ensure that your plumbing system is installed and working correctly.
The important thing to know is that the moment when a plumbing problem becomes a plumbing disaster is usually when somebody without the required training decides to tackle the job. It’ll be a much messier situation in the case of a repair job compared to a new bathroom installation, but while it may not be immediately evident, a poorly performed bathroom installation can lead to very costly problems later on.
How to Install Bathroom Plumbing
The fastest, most reliable, and least expensive solution is to call an actual licensed plumber. A second option is to undertake the training required to become a licensed plumber yourself. Although it takes a little longer and can be a bit more expensive, it is equally as reliable and safe.
Now, if neither of the two most sensible options is appealing, you may still have a slim chance of your pipes not immediately bursting by following the tips in the next section.
Tips for Installing Bathroom Plumbing
Provided that you follow some necessary precautions, and bearing in mind the advice that it’s best to hire a professional (or become one yourself), it is actually possible to install bathroom plumbing with little more than an adjustable wrench and a confident attitude.
The stakes are high though. Even a tiny mistake can cause a lot of damage, and at the very least will bring frustration when your sinks won’t empty or your taps don’t flow well.
The worst part is that you can’t sue yourself if you make a mistake, but other people certainly can sue you if your mistakes cause damage to their property, so be careful!
1. Study the plans
The plans for your home will show the location of the pipes, or where they’re meant to be located. You should find those plans and study them before making another move.
2. Ensure inbound connections are turned off
Something that can really ruin your day is forgetting to turn off the water supply before conducting major surgery on your bathroom, so don’t overlook this step.
3. Have all the right tools on hand
Know what tools and materials are required for the job you’re about to undertake, and make sure you have them. If you don’t, you’ll have to keep dashing off to your local hardware shop in the middle of the job.
4. Measure the space
You wouldn’t believe how often people rush out and buy things without first checking that the items will fit in the space where they’re intended to go. Always measure first, and buy second.
5. Use a carpenter’s pencil
For the moment you’ve cast yourself in the role of plumber, but to do this job correctly you’ll need to use a tool more commonly used by carpenters. With your carpenter’s pencil, you can mark the site of places you’ll be drilling or cutting into. Other tools that can be useful include rulers, set squares and protractors.
6. Don’t rush
If you are drilling or cutting, you need to proceed slowly and carefully. When you drill too far or cut too much, you can’t really undo it. It’s always, therefore, better to be safe than sorry.
7. Don’t do a two person job with only one person
Bathroom equipment can be heavy and difficult to hold. There’s a real risk of injuring yourself if you don’t call in assistance when you need it.
8. Seal everything really tight
Leaks and drips can be really annoying, plus they can also cause costly damage if they’re not noticed and corrected promptly. Tighten everything as well as you possibly can, and use plumbing tape when necessary to make sure threaded seals are completely waterproof.
Your home is your castle after all as it’s your place of refuge and peace. It should be the place you’re glad to come back to after a hard day of work or an even harder night of partying.
One thing that makes for a good castle is that the moat is outside, not inside. If you follow the tips above, you’ll save yourself the embarrassment of having to stomp around your house like an angler in a stream while waiting for the insurance assessor to arrive.