Taking a tired-looking bathroom and turning it into a masterpiece is a great project idea that can add value to a property. However, there are plenty of issues that can arise to add more work – and cost. Therefore, before picking up your tools and getting started, you must understand these common bathroom restoration problems.
You need to have a proper plan in place before tackling a bathroom restoration. Planning for every eventuality is essential, which means having the correct tools ready, arranging for waste collection, and knowing where all the pipes are.
If you start taking hammers to the wall without proper planning or forgetting to turn off the water, you may be left with extensive water damage to your home. If this happens, we recommend hiring a flood damage restoration service, which will use specialized equipment to reduce damage and salvage your home.
Before you begin ripping bathroom appliances off the wall, you need to shut off the water supply and open any facets to drain the water. Next, you can begin to scrape the caulk, remove the pipes, and unscrew any parts from the walls.
If you’re not putting bathroom goods in the same place, you’ll need to cap the pipes. To do this, you need to remove the surrounding wall and cut away exposed piping. Then, you can easily insert a push-fit connector, which will seal any gaps.
Pipes erode over time and can eventually leak, causing damage to walls. Fortunately, your bathroom renovation presents you with the perfect opportunity to check your pipes and save further damage. The last thing you want is corroded pipes making more work for you during the restoration. To avoid future problems with corrosion, you may be able to replace the piping with PEX. However, you must be fully aware of the pros and cons of each of these materials.
Plumbing regulations have changed over the years, and now pipes need to be properly ventilated. A plumbing vent runs from a pipe and out of the roof, taking away any foul odors. If your drainage system isn’t properly ventilated, you will notice unnecessary clogs and foul smells. You need to put this into your planning as well, as there’s no way to simply retrofit the ventilation – you’d need to knock down walls again.
Uneven Floors to Walls
Your bathroom restoration gives you the perfect opportunity to ensure your walls align properly with the floor. Without proper inspections, it’s easy to miss slight misalignments. However, especially if you’re fitting a glass-walled shower cubicle or tiling, you will need to check for 100% accuracy. To create an even wall before placing tiles, you can use back buttering, which is a cost-effective solution.
Bathroom restorations are tough projects requiring plenty of planning, but they’ll be well worth the finished product, especially if you’re looking to sell your home. There are many different components involved in bathroom work, leaving plenty of scope for mishaps. Learn from the common issues outlined above, and you will be proud of the result.
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