Bathroom Remodeling

When it comes to remodeling your bathroom, we can help both with the planning and the implementation. Often with a remodel, there is existing water leaks and rotten materials to dispose of first, before any new pipe work can be laid. Old vanities and old shower doors don’t always fit well, and water can spill out easily.

Step one is perhaps the most important one – layout and design. Based on the existing space available, you need to select the best bathroom fittings that you will enjoy, and fit your budget. Often a scale drawing is used to map out a plan of where the tub, shower, toilet, vanity and bathroom shelves will go. This is a good time to plan a towel radiator and ac outlet vents, together with ventilation fans. A bathroom may also be mapped out using 2D or 3D modelling on a computer. With a major remodel, the next step is to remove the existing tiles and flooring, which gives better access to the fittings and pipework. If water has been leaking out of say a shower, the sheetrock may be damp and fall apart. Cutting along the top of the sheetrock makes it easy to remove large sheets at a time. At this time any rotten wood or frame supports can be easily seen and repaired. Once the sheetrock and tiles are removed, the nail tabs attaching the tub to the studs can be cut, the drain piping and hot and cold water supplies disconnected and the tub removed.

Similarly for a sink in a vanity unit the supply pipes can be disconnected and also the drain. The toilet should be disconnected from the supply, the tank emptied and removed. The bowl can be unscrewed and listed away from the wax seal in the drain. If the shower head needs moving, a plumbers torch will be needed to break the joint and solder new connections. A pipe cutter can be used to make a clean cut with no burrs to assemble the new connectors.

bathroom remodelingIt is important that your plumber has full access to the bathroom before the fittings arrive, so the pipework can be completed without any damage to the new units. Once the changes to tub and shower piping have been completed, the water can be turned on to check for leaks. Any leaking joint or dripping union can be easily repaired at this time, it is much harder to identify and repair a leak after the new sheetrock is installed. While access is easy to the sink, tub and toilet drains, this is a good time to clean them out ensuring the new bathroom units have no problems with drainage. A good plumber will carefully examine all pvc drain pipes and replace any worn fittings, as it will never be easier to do than at this stage. Finally the new toilet and tub can be connected to the drains and supply lines, with new seals, cut-off valves and flexible connectors. It is a wise investment to use the highest quality flexible connecting pipes with stainless steel braiding, as a burst connecting pipe to a cold water supply is at mains pressure and can easily cause a major flood, especially of the family is out of town for a few days. Just a few extra dollars on higher quality connectors can save big several years down the line. Your plumbing installation experts will be happy to advise on the best fittings.