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8 Plumbing Considerations for Your Bathroom Design

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Failing to prioritise or at least put some thought into your bathroom plumbing during its construction or remodel can prove to be a huge, costly mistake. When you forget or neglect the important role of plumbing in your bathroom, you will experience lots of issues in both the short and long term.

These problems can render your new bathroom useless. Moreover, they can be expensive and time-consuming to fix.
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To ensure your bathroom plumbing supports and sustains the functionality and aesthetic aspect of this important room, pay attention to these key considerations and fixtures:

1. The drainage diagram

Whether you are having a new bathroom built or having an old one renovated, make sure you have a diagram of your home’s drainage system. You can get a copy of this from your local council.

This diagram will show you the location of all the plumbing and drainage in and around your home. Make sure you request for the updated diagram so that you will avoid hitting a water line accidentally.

The updated diagram will also help your plumber or contractor place wet walls in the right areas in the bathroom to prevent rot and keep mildew at bay.

2. The position of the plumbing

One of the most crucial decisions you have to make when designing your bathroom is choosing between hiding the plumbing or leaving it exposed.

You can make the right decision by considering the style of your new bathroom first. If the design is modern or minimalist, the plumbing has to be hidden. On the other hand, if the style is vintage or industrial, you can leave the pipes exposed.

It is important that you make your decision as soon as possible since the choice will also dictate the type of sink you can purchase.

In addition, you have to consider the placement of the external pipes. If you live in an area where temperatures can get really low, don’t run them along an outside wall. The water inside the pipe will freeze and cause it to burst.

3. Toilet tank

The most important fixture in your bathroom needs some careful deliberation as well.

If you choose a wall-mounted tank, you need to plan for hidden or recessed drain systems. And this has to be planned in advance so that the drain systems won’t affect the placement of the other fixtures and furnishings.

4. Drain size

A small drainage size is often the culprit behind blocked drains. This is because its tiny size will be easily obstructed by the build-up of hair, scum, and other debris.

You can reduce the frequency of dealing with blocked drain issues by having a larger drain installed. The initial layout won’t be too high and it will help you save money later on.

However, it is also important to remember that even if a bigger drain size will lower incidences of blockages, you still have to maintain and clean it regularly to avoid other potential issues.

5. Shower floor

If you are having your bathroom remodelled, the old shower stall may be replaced with a new tiled installation.

Make sure your contractor is an expert at sloping tiles properly. This is because the drain at the base of your new shower should be installed at the right angle for effective and sufficient drainage.

6. Cabinets

The placement of your cabinets and the vanity style of your bathroom will be affected by the assembly or location of your drainage pipe as well.

For instance, if you want recessed cabinets, you have to ensure the vanity pipes won’t be installed in the areas where you want them placed.

Keep in mind that certain re-plumbing issues may prohibit some layouts. As such, it is best to think about this before your bathroom construction or renovation project begins.

7. Additional plumbing fixtures

Bidets are one of the more modern fixtures that many homeowners want to have in their bathrooms.

If you also want this fixture installed in your bathroom, the first thing you have to know is that some bidet bowls use additional water lines that drain through the toilet. Others, however, need their own separate lines.

Because of this, it is important that you work this out in your bathroom design and that your contractor knows how to install one correctly.

8. Upgrading your plumbing fixtures

Lastly, during a bathroom renovation or construction project in Melbourne, it is best to get newer models of taps, showerheads, and toilets. This is because updated plumbing fixtures are more environmentally friendly since they are more water- and energy-efficient.

And when shopping for your new fixtures, make sure they meet Australian standards. This will give you the assurance that these fixtures are of good quality and will last for a long time.

Ensure these fixtures come with warranties as well. High-quality fixtures come with a five or 10-year warranty. Although they may require a higher initial outlay, you will save a lot in the long run on maintenance and repairs.

To have your dream bathroom, you need to work well with both your builder and plumber. Make sure both of them are on the same page regarding what you need and want from your bathroom. Ultimately, you will have a bathroom that is not only aesthetically appealing, but functional and problem-free as well.

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