Are Plumbers Needed for Bathroom Remodeling?
When to Call a Plumber During Bathroom Remodeling
Home remodeling projects can be really exciting and fun, especially for those who spend a lot of time watching HGTV. But as most people have witnessed in home remodeling shows, there is always one big hiccup that happens in each episode. They’ll discover that there’s mold, that the foundation is crumbling, that the pipes are leaking, or some other disaster.
These home emergencies highlight the importance of having a professional available during the process for bathroom plumbing needs. With this article, homeowners can learn when it’s necessary to hire a plumber for bathroom remodeling projects. They also will learn more about how plumbers work during the remodeling process.
What Is Bathroom Remodel & When Is It Needed?
The ultimate purpose of a bathroom remodel is to change the look and/or the functionality of the bathroom. While remodeling technically refers to changing the appearance of the bathroom and renovation refers to the installation of new plumbing appliances and materials, many people use the terms interchangeably.
There are many reasons homeowners may choose to remodel their bathroom. The following are some of the most common changes that you may see in modern houses.
- They may want to install more eco-friendly products such as toilets or showerheads that use less water.
- They may need to transform the bathroom into one that is special needs-accessible by adding grab bars, or changing the tub to one with a door so it’s easier to step into.
- Sometimes homeowners just want a fresh look with new countertops and an upgraded color palette.
- Things may be starting to get worn out, corroded, or have water damage. Remodeling is a great fix for this.
The Work Plumbers Do During a Bathroom Remodel
Bathrooms are at the center of a home’s plumbing system. They have many intricacies and cross-connections between the sink, the toilet, the shower, and the tub. Due to the complexity of bathrooms, there are proper procedures for taking things out and putting things back in when remodeling.
In some cases, things can be handled by the homeowner without involving a plumber. Like if they are taking out a sink and replacing it with a new one in the same spot.
However, plumbers can prove to be very useful for more difficult plumbing tasks. They use a wide variety of tools and technologies to ensure that any changes made are safe, functional, up to code, and minimize the damage to the rest of the home.
The Many Forms of Popular Bathroom Remodels
When doing a bathroom remodel, homeowners tend to have a unique vision in mind, so there are many types of remodeling available to them. The type of remodeling used will determine whether a professional plumber is needed or not.
For instance, if a homeowner simply wants to switch out the showerhead, throw on a fresh coat of paint, or replace the countertops with a newer style, a plumber might not be needed.
But if larger tasks that involve any of the major plumbing appliances (sink, shower, tub, toilet) are involved, it’s best to hire a professional. Some of these situations can include:
- Changing the Location of a Sink, Toilet, Tub, or Shower
- Swapping a Tub With a Shower or Vice Versa
- Ripping out Drywall to Move or Alter the Piping
There are a lot of moving pieces during the remodeling process, so it’s hard for homeowners to keep things running when they cannot be an expert in all things. Hiring a professional plumber for large-scale remodeling projects can help timelines stay on track, prevent potential problems, and save homeowners a lot of hassle.
About Point Loma Electric and Plumbing
Serving homeowners in the San Diego area since 1988, Point Loma Electric and Plumbing is the reliable company homeowners can count on. Not only do they offer plumbing services, but they also have electrical expertise.