Remodeling part of a home can be a detailed and involved process, and this is particularly true if you’re remodeling a popular area like the kitchen or bathroom. These kinds of rooms, often considered the best remodeling options for homeowners looking to raise their home or property value, contain several important elements that require consideration during the remodel, from countertops and cabinets to several fixtures and related areas.
At Expert Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical, we’re here to remind you about another area you should never gloss over when remodeling your kitchen or bathroom: Plumbing. Our plumbers are here to help with any part of a remodel involving your plumbing areas, whether we’re talking new plumbing installations, repairs to current systems or just an evaluation of the entire area before you get started. One of the big questions generally on the minds of homeowners in these situations: Should old water pipes and plumbing fixtures that are present in the area be replaced during the remodel? Let’s look at some factors that you should consider here, plus some good material choices for new plumbing if you do choose to replace certain parts or the entire system.
Old or Damaged Plumbing
For starters, our plumbers are happy to perform a basic inspection on the area you’re planning to remodel. During this inspection, we’ll assess the general quality of your current plumbing, from pipes to fixtures and everything in between. Are certain sections wearing down or developing cracks or leaks due to age or other specific damage?
If so, we’ll recommend one of two general choices: Either replace just the damaged sections in question, or replace the entire system. There are plenty of scenarios where the latter choice will be more cost-effective. On the flip side, if your current plumbing in the remodeling area is in good shape, there’s a chance you won’t need to make any replacements at all.
However, even if your plumbing is not damaged at all, you have to check one additional area before proceeding: Whether or not the current plumbing is compatible for the installations you’re planning to make in the remodeled area. If your plumbing is on the older side and you’re looking to install certain modern amenities, the two types might not be compatible with each other, requiring replacement of certain parts.
Good Materials for New Pipes
If you do need to replace water pipes in certain areas for your remodel, one of your best choices will be copper. This is one of the most popular types out there today, though it does require soldering, which means you need professional plumbers on the job. You may also choose PEX or PVC pipes, both of which comply with code and are high-quality materials.
For more on plumbing upgrades during a remodel, or to learn about any of our plumbing services, speak to the staff at Expert Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical today.