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Bathroom Remodel: Factors to Consider

beautiful remodeled bathroom with white countertops and fixturesDoes your bathroom look the way you want it to? Is it as functional as it could be? Or do you find yourself having difficulty getting around it? Depending on your answers, you may want to consider a bathroom remodel. After all, your bathrooms are the most used rooms in your home, and with a remodeling job, you could have a whole new space.

Of course, for this kind of job, it pays to work closely with a qualified and experienced Durham, NC plumbing professional. Planning and preparation make a huge difference in the results you’ll see after your bathroom remodel. In fact, there may even be factors you haven’t considered yet, which we’re here to share with you.

Consider Practicality Before Aesthetics

Let’s face it—the main reason most people plan a remodel of any kind is because they don’t like how the space currently looks. We get it. Remodeling gives you the perfect opportunity to change the aesthetics of the space. But you shouldn’t let the desire to have a great looking bathroom overcome the obviously practical needs of the space.

After all, you need to be able to easily use your shower, sink, and toilet. You need adequate counter space for your toiletries. It’s important to plan for your daily needs for the space before starting a remodel—a key reason it’s best to hire an experienced professional for the job.

Understand That Square Footage Only Goes So Far

An experienced and savvy plumber can absolutely perform wonders when making effective use of your bathroom space, allowing you to fit the various appliances and fixtures that you want into a traditionally very crowded space. However, every space has limits, and sooner or later your bathroom will reach those limits.

Working with a qualified contractor will help you determine how much of your goals you can meet. We’ll help you prioritize a list of features you want in your bathroom so you can push the things you really need for the space, rather than just the things that are “nice to have.”

What Can Go Wrong with Bathroom Remodels?

When homeowners choose to forgo professional services and instead opt to do a bathroom remodel on their own, there are a number of things that can go wrong. We’re not just saying this to scare you into hiring a professional, but rather to encourage you to at least consult with a professional before beginning your bathroom remodel. Common mistakes people have made include:

  • Not measuring correctly for toilet placement. There’s a toilet measurement called the rough-in, which determines the distance between the toilet’s bolt caps on the floor to the finished wall. The standard in modern U.S. homes is 12 inches, but this can vary depending on how old your house is.
  • Not properly venting drains. Ventilation is vital. Your sink trap can get sucked dry, and as a result won’t function as a barrier between your bathroom and sewer system. You can imagine where we’re going with that one.
  • Not sloping the shower floor properly. If the masonry on your shower floor isn’t slanted correctly, your water will not drain properly and you’ll have perpetual standing water in your shower at all times, leading to unhealthy mold and mildew development.

For superior plumbing services and to learn how we’re “Blending Technology with Traditional Values,” contact One Call Plumbing today.

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