Should You Replace Water Pipes During a Remodel?
Are you interested in remodeling one of your bathrooms, maybe even the kitchen? As you begin planning this remodel, make sure you have a plumber come to inspect the plumbing that lies beneath the surfaces. Since most plumbing will be exposed, now is the perfect time to inspect and replace any old or damaged piping — and here are a few questions you should ask.
How Much Needs to Be Replaced?
Ideally, you hope that all of your plumbing is in great condition and the current system will tie in perfectly to any new fixtures or additions you might be adding. However, this isn’t always the case and you may need to replace some sections due to age, damage, or because of new plumbing not being compatible. Ask your plumber if it makes sense to replace sections or to do a full replacement (this might be the more cost-effective solution).
What’s the Best Material to Use?
One of the most commonly chosen materials for water pipes is copper. For those who wish to continue using copper (or who would like to switch to this material), rely on a professional plumber to have this installed. Copper piping requires soldering, which is definitely not a DIY job! Other choices are PEX and PVC pipes, which are both code-compliant, cost-effective, and can sometimes be better depending on what they’re being used for.
Bathrooms and kitchens are the most important rooms to remodel because you have to keep their plumbing in mind. When you need your plumbing inspected, repaired, or replaced, contact us. We’re here to help.