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Remodeling Your Bathroom in 2023: Plumbing Considerations

Stylish spacious bathroom with round mirror above sink and wooden tabletop

Planning a bathroom remodel in 2023 is a great way to increase the value of your home. Having a new, updated bathroom allows you to customize your bathroom with the features you desire the most like a larger shower or a spa-like tub. However, there are some important considerations to evaluate before you get started renovating your bathroom.

The Placement of Existing Plumbing

The first step in planning a bathroom remodel is deciding if you need to move any of the existing plumbing lines. For example, some people dislike the current layout of their bathrooms. They may want to move the toilet, tub, shower, or sinks to make the bathroom layout more functional.

Moving plumbing lines does require the assistance of an experienced bathroom remodel plumber. The lines have to be carefully moved, so they do not affect support walls and the foundation.

Additionally, relocating plumbing lines will increase the cost of renovating a bathroom. So, you need to decide if the existing lines are fine where they are located for your remodel or if you absolutely need them moved.

Plumbing Fixtures You Want to Upgrade

The next consideration is whether or not you want to upgrade any of your existing bathroom plumbing fixtures. Fixtures include the toilet, faucets, and shower head. Most people will replace these during a remodel to ensure their bathroom has a new look. In addition, upgrading bathroom fixtures to water-conserving ones can help lower your water usage.

The Size of Existing Drains

Some drains may be too small and are constantly getting clogged with hair, soap, and shampoo. Enlarging the drain size is not difficult by selecting sink, shower pans, and tubs with larger openings.If you decide you need larger drains, then you probably want to replace your sinks, shower pan, and tub as part of your bathroom renovation.

Upgrade Your Water Heater

Another consideration is whether you want to upgrade your water heater as part of your bathroom remodel. For example, if you have a tank-type water heater that barely meets your current hot water needs, you may want to upgrade to a tankless water heater for a never-ending supply of hot water.

Do You Want Radiant Heated Flooring?

Since many people also replace the flooring in their bathrooms when remodeling, now is the time to decide if you want radiant heated flooring. If you dislike cold bathroom floors, this should be a “must-have” upgrade.

The Type of Shower Pan Base You Want

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There are all types of shower pan bases in various sizes and shapes. You can even get customized bases to fit your specific dimensions. So, if you want a bigger shower or a change to its shape, you will need to replace the base during your remodel.

In addition, if you want a zero-entry or barrier-free shower entry, you need to ensure the base is installed correctly. Your bathroom remodel plumber will install it with a slight slope so that water does not run out of the shower and all over your bathroom floor. Furthermore, the flooring under the shower may need to be slightly altered to accommodate the new shower base.

Hidden or Exposed Plumbing Lines

Leaving plumbing lines exposed could fit with your design, as when you were going to a modern, industrial style. However, if your design doesn’t fit, then it is better to hide exposed plumbing lines using cabinets.

Finding the Right Bathroom Remodel Plumber

When you are remodeling your bathroom, there are certain things you may want to do yourself. However, renovating a bathroom will require assistance from an experienced bathroom remodel plumber when it comes to your bathroom’s plumbing.

It is easy to find experienced plumbers in San Antonio and the Austin Metro area at Christianson Air Conditioning & Plumbing. Request a free bathroom plumbing remodel quote by calling 512-246-5400 today.

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