Replacing Your Bathroom Fixtures
Are you considering replacing your old worn bathroom fixtures with new modern ones? If so, there are a lot of things you should consider and some unexpected problems you should be prepared for.
The idea of switching out your old sink and faucet may seem like an easy weekend project, but if you are a beginner without a lot of remodeling experience, problems may soon follow. There are a lot of things that go into the replacing of your sink. First of all there are measurements to be taken to insure that the base you choose will fit correctly, then there is the process of choosing which faucet you would like to use. With all the choices available this may seem a bit overwhelming once you start looking, the key is to find something that you can be happy with and will go with the d?ï¿½cor of your bathroom.
Once you have made your choices and feel that you are ready to start, you will soon learn that a moderate amount of plumbing experience is required. This is where many homeowners run into problems. In the removal of your old sink and faucet you will be required to remove the old basin, repair any damage to the sheet rock behind that has been hidden for years, if you have tile on your walls you may soon discover that your new basin will show more of the uncovered wall space than the previous one. This is purely a cosmetic issue that may be easily resolved in a number of ways.
Now that you are ready to begin working with the faucet you will need to remove the anchors which are holding the faucet down, unhook plumbing lines and the pipes from the old faucet. This is where many homeowners run into serious trouble. If you own an older home the pipes that are already there may not match up flush with the newer ones on the new faucet. If this is the case you may be required to cut pipes and install different types of connectors. If this process is not done correctly you will soon discover that you have leaks sprouting from your pipes, which may end up costing you more money than you had anticipated.
Replacing an old faucet may have seemed like an easy weekend job, but once you started you may realize there is a lot more that goes into it than you first anticipated. You may soon regret your decision and feel the need to call in a professional. If you are unprepared or unsure of your abilities it is recommended to consult a professional plumbing service to avoid any problems or disasters that you may experience during this process. By hiring a professional you are assured that the work will be guaranteed and you will not wake up to a flooded bathroom in the morning. This will cause you a much bigger headache and cause more expenses on your end.