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Home Improvement  /  August 29, 2019

3 Bathroom Plumbing Facts You Should Know

Plumbing is hardly exciting so you can’t be blamed for not paying much attention to it. However, if you want to make the most of your bathroom, it is something you should have a basic knowledge of at very least. Let Handyman Connection® of Mason help you get started on bumping up your plumbing IQ with these facts:

Low-flow Toilets Require PEX or PVC Pipes

In the past, galvanized metal or cast iron were used for bathroom plumbing. While pipes made from these materials are tough and long-lasting, they are, unfortunately, not suited for water-saving designs low-flow toilets have. Flushing a standard toilet uses around 38% of the average household’s water consumption, so it’s definitely in your best interest to invest in a low-flow toilet. Part of your remodel, however, will have to include updating your pipes to PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) or PVC (polyvinyl chloride). Fortunately, these newer pipes are easy and inexpensive to install.

Your Plumbing Can Dictate Your Bathroom Layout

Existing drains and water lines say where fixtures will go. For instance, if you want a tub by the window, you have to make sure that your plumbing matches your ideal layout. It’s possible to move drains and pipes, but, depending on what you want to achieve, you may be faced with restrictions, like supporting joints beneath the bathroom floor that can’t be cut to make way for new drains. As such, make sure you consult an experienced plumber first before buying any fixture that requires connecting to a pipe.

Be Mindful of Water Pressure

There exists a U.S.-standard size for fittings needed to connect rigid pipes like shower heads to shower arms in showers. This means if you want a new shower head, you won’t have too much trouble because most options you will be interested in will surely fit your existing pipe. However, what is not standard is water pressure, although the average level is at about 45 to 80 pounds for every square inch. If your shower head is not suitable for your home’s water pressure, you will get poor output. To avoid this problem, have your water pressure levels checked before you buy bathroom accessories.

Handyman Connection of Mason is the expert to call for all your bathroom plumbing concerns. To learn more about what we can do for you, simply give us a call at (513) 733-3777 or fill out our online contact form. Request a FREE estimate today!

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