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Renovate Your Small Bathroom

If you purchased your dream home, but the bathroom is not so dreamy, renovate it. Many renovations can be done without removing any plumbing work, and others require only a minimal amount of pipe re-routing.

You can save money on your remodel by doing a large portion of the work on your own, and that savings adds to the equity the renovation creates for your home. The renovation process includes:

  • Assessing your current situation
  • Determining available space for renovation
  • Planning a design that works
  • Ensuring function and design are what you want
  • Deciding what you can do yourself, and what jobs need an expert
  • Obtaining permits
  • Décor and design

Assessing your current situation involves looking at the space closely and determining what you are not getting out of the space that you need. Sometimes the space can be utilized as is, with minor improvements to get everything you need from the space.

Determining the available space for renovation includes surrounding walls, closets, and even nearby bedrooms. Foundation walls cannot be removed, but any other wall can to get you the space you need.

Once you know what space is available, or if you are using an existing space, you can begin working on a design plan. The design should offer the function and design that you want and need.

You then need to determine what work you will do on your own, and what work you will hire someone to do. Removing pipes and re-routing piping systems can be a tough job for someone without experience. Often times, you save money to hire a professional to do the work you have no experience with.

Either you or the contractor you hire will be responsible for pulling the proper permits for the job. If there is electrical work, structural changes, or plumbing changes involved, permits for each portion of the job may be required.

The décor and design are easily done by yourself, or with the help of a professional. The color on the wall, the flooring, tile, fixtures, and any other items in the bathroom should offer the function you need, as well as the look you want. You can hire a designer to come in and help you determine how to get the best use of the space you created, but that is really more beneficial before construction begins. A professional designer has an eye for design that you may not, and can often suggest small changes within a contractors design to help get more use from the space.

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A shower is one of the best ways to de-stress aching muscles and back tension. Taking a shower with the right amount of pressure can help headaches, skin problems, and fatigue. Buying a new showerhead requires a little knowledge that can go a long way. Installing it is even easier.

Choosing the Right Showerhead

When choosing a showerhead, pressure and the fixture type should be considered. The amount of pressure depends on the amount of water that it can release in a given amount of time. For showerheads, their efficiency is measured in gallons-per-minute. You’ll notice that the higher GPM showerheads will be the most forceful.

If you have the type of job where you move around a lot and bend and lift heavy items, a traditional, full spray showerhead can be beneficial. It will cover a larger area of the body and provide massaging tension release. Full sprays usually have many different settings, like the massage setting that is harder, more intense drops. Overhead showerheads are better for those who don’t want as much pressure. They provide a less intense experience.

Getting Ready to Install It

Before you start, make sure that you have a wrench like an 8″ adjustable one, and be sure to have some plumber’s tape. Follow these steps to get your new shower experience:

  1. Put your wrench around the piece that connects the wall to the showerhead. Turn it towards the left several times.
  2. When you feel the showerhead coming loose, use your hands to keep turning it to the left until it comes off.
  3. Take a rag and clean the black goo if there is any lining the pipe that comes off the wall.
  4. Get the plumber’s tape handy. Wrap the end of the pipe connected to the wall with the tape.
  5. Fit the showerhead onto the end of the pipe by gently inserting it onto the taped part. Turn it to the right if needed.

You can recycle the old showerhead once you’ve set up the new one. As long as you are careful to not break any of the pipes or tiles, these do-it-yourself plumbing tips will save you money and increase your quality of life. Choose a showerhead that fits your needs and install it in just minutes. You’ll be doing your home and body a favor.

About Drain Patrol

Drain Patrol has been providing plumbing services to the San Diego and surrounding areas for over 30 years! Drain Patrol is an Insured, Licensed Contractor (Contractors License #841408) and a Better Business Bureau member.

With Drain Patrol, the estimate is always free. You approve the estimate before any work is started.

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In many cases when you remodel a room such as a bathroom you will not be required to alter the plumbing design in the room, but there are just as many instances where you will.

If you plan on keeping the layout of your bathroom the same and do not plan on adding any new fixtures you can keep the original bathroom plumbing intact and just replace new fixtures right in the same spot where the old ones were.

When it comes to installing new showers or tubs you may need to make some bathroom plumbing changes, even if the shower or tub is not being moved. You may be installing a larger tub or a more sophisticated showering system that includes jets. If you update your shower then chances are you will need to update and reroute your shower plumbing as well in order to gain the right pressure and positioning you need. You will have the same issues with a larger tub, ones that includes jets or Jacuzzi type features. The old plumbing in place for your original tub may not accommodate the changes you are making.

Many times when you are updating a small bathroom, removing the large vanity is the first change that is made. Replacing the old vanity with a pedestal sink adds more space to the room and makes it appear larger that it is. You may have been planning on keeping the sink in the same position but once you remove the vanity you find out that the pedestal sink will not be centered properly with the existing plumbing or it may be showing, creating a very unattractive look to your new room.

Basically, if you are planning on keeping the original fixtures or you plan to replace them with new, close to identical types of fixtures that will remain in the same place where the original ones were then you may not be required to make any bathroom plumbing changes.

If you plan on updating your fixtures with newer, more sophisticated fixtures that offer more features than your original ones or you plan on moving them to create a new layout for the room then you will be required to make bathroom plumbing changes. It is always a good idea to call in a professional plumber before wasting your money on costly mistakes trying to do the job yourself.

About Drain Patrol

Drain Patrol has been providing plumbing services to the San Diego and surrounding areas for over 30 years! Drain Patrol is an Insured, Licensed Contractor (Contractors License #841408) and a Better Business Bureau member.

With Drain Patrol, the estimate is always free. You approve the estimate before any work is started.

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Planning for your kitchen remodel should start with the creation of your desired budget. You need to know what you are able to spend and what is most comfortable for your budget before you worry about the other details like layout, design, kitchen plumbing, cabinetry and tile.

You can work directly with a kitchen designer who will offer years of experience, creativity and assistance with ensuring your budget is maintained.

Layout and Design

The layout and design of your kitchen will have a huge impact on your budget amount. You need to consider if you plan to reroute the kitchen plumbing, add kitchen plumbing or make any changes through construction.

The most affordable way to get your kitchen remodeled is of course to stay within the original layout and avoid any major construction changes or kitchen plumbing reroutes or additions. For instance, if you decide you want to add a cooking island to the space that includes a stove top, sink or other elements you will need to add the additional kitchen plumbing, electrical and gas routing to the overall budget and the more changes like these you make, the more you can expect to spend.

Refresh Your Old Kitchen

You can save a fortune on your kitchen remodeling job by simply refreshing the old fixtures and adding a few changes to the room. Cabinets and countertops are a large part of your expense when remodeling a kitchen, so think about refinishing them instead of replacing them.

If you have tile in your kitchen you can refinish it instead of replacing and save hundreds of dollars. Adding a backsplash to the back of the sink and replacing smaller items such as drawer handles, faucets, lighting and paint can create a new and fresh look for your space and not cost you much.

Before You Do It Yourself

Before you take on the project on your own and find that you are not qualified to handle it, speak to a professional. You have to be very honest about your do it yourself abilities to ensure that you do not get in over your head and end up wasting money instead of saving it.

A kitchen remodel consists of many elements that include electrical work, construction, kitchen plumbing and tile skills. If you are inexperienced in these areas and feel that you may need help contact a contractor and get an estimate for the job. Many home owners believe that by doing the job on their own they are saving money but in actuality many of the inexperienced home owners who take on these larger projects end up spending more in the long run due to mistakes that could have been avoided.

About Drain Patrol

Drain Patrol has been providing plumbing services to the San Diego and surrounding areas for over 30 years! Drain Patrol is an Insured, Licensed Contractor (Contractors License #841408) and a Better Business Bureau member.

With Drain Patrol, the estimate is always free. You approve the estimate before any work is started.

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