Skip to main content

Plumbing Issues When Remodeling

When remodeling your home, you might discover some plumbing problems and issues that cause a lot more hassle then you had planned on.This is especially the case when talking about bathroom remodeling where a lot of the work done is hidden behind walls or under the floor.

Below are some of the plumbing pitfalls that are most likely to rear their ugly heads while in the process of remodeling your bathroom.

Depending on how old your existing plumbing is can greatly affect the cost of your bathroom remodeling project. If you have the cast-iron drain system, it might be on its last leg. Because cast iron comes in several grades, it may be hard to notice any deterioration until you get down to the remodeling. Cast iron will rot from the inside out, so you might think it’s fine, but it could have thin walls and could also fail at any moment. Tap the cast-iron pipe with a heavy screwdriver or steel wrench. A change in the tone indicates there is probably a buildup of solids inside the pipes or the thin walls have caused internal pipe corrosion. In either case, the pipes will need repairing or replacing.

If you have galvanized pipes, they are usually ready to replace when you remodel the bathroom. The threaded galvanized pipe joints will need to have the entire pipe run replaced because the joints are usually clamped tight with corrosion and cannot be taken apart without breaking them. Never try tying into the older pipe because the potential for even more problems is great.

If you have copper piping, you might find that the mineral deposits left behind by hard water caused your copper pipes to corrode on the inside. This is truer if thin-wall copper tubing was used initially. You might also find corrosion at the soldered joints of the pipe.

You will run into a different problem with plastic water supply pipes. Polybutylene pipes have long been banned in the country, but if you have an older home, you might find your existing pipes are this type and still in use. New plumbing codes require that you replace this piping.

While remodeling the bathroom, removing your vanities and sinks should be pretty straightforward. If you run into problems it is usually with the pipe sizes and the corroded fittings that need different fittings than what the instruction book calls for. You can also run into a missing vent, a problem that tends to exist when the entire space was gutted out.

You might run into problems when replacing the sink as well. First, the sink might not fix properly in the existing cabinet space. This happens often if the sink came from a specialty shop or home improvement store. You might have to buy a new sink or cabinet. You also must inspect the fittings and pipes under the sink for potential problems. In many cases, your shut-offs are frozen open which will make replacing them difficult, especially if you don’t have a primary shutoff. You have to remember that disturbing the corroded and old fittings can cause even more problems with the plumbing. When in doubt, it is always better to plan on replacing all the supplies. Check out this post for fixing leaking taps, one of the most common sources of wasted water in the bathroom.

Remodeling can uncover a world of plumbing problems for any homeowner. If you feel uncertain about how to repair the problem, always call a professional plumber.

This post comes from RTL Plumbing, if you're looking for a plumber in Brisbane, they're your team to call!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Motorola Atrix - Half a year ahead of the iPhone 5

This is guest post by Simon about the Atrix and the iPhone.The Motorola Atrix was released in April, months ahead of the new iPhone. We look at the features the device has brought to the market half a year before the new Apple product even sparks up its iOS.



Motorola Atrix has Dual Core Chip



The Atrix came out of the blocks at a gallop, sporting its new dual core Tegra 2 chip. The device can run at a super fast rate and is future proofed for years to come, such is its pace. This dual core processor and the innards of the Atrix will be something that Apple can only hope to emulate when it arrives. The Atrix shares the same inside as the iPad competing Xoom tablet and Apple will probably rely on the same iPad processor for the iPhone 5 upon its introduction.



Atrix with Fingerprint scanner



There have been so many rumours abound that the iPhone will come with this that and everything else and one of the speculations is for the device to come with a finger print scanner. Now, whether this …

List Of Common Flowers in Kerala With Pictures

Kerala is one of the famous tourist spot situated on the south of India famous for its numerous wild life and thick vegetation. Like the Himalayan ranges on the north of India,

AMOLED display coming to Samsung Galaxy Tab range

This is a guest post by Erica about the arrival of AMOLED display to Samsung Galaxy Tab range.Samsung could be transplanting a seven inch AMOLED screen into an upcoming addition to its Galaxy Tab range of tablet computers.

You may have experienced an AMOLED display in a small portable device before as Samsung, Nokia and HTC have all used them in smartphones to date. However, the expense of producing AMOLED screens has prohibited them from appearing on larger devices like tablets, until now.


The seven inch Galaxy Tab was launched last year but an update with an AMOLED screen would be most welcome, cutting energy consumption and improving colours and contrast ratios across the board.


The rumours about this device state that it will run Android 3.0, feature a three megapixel camera on the rear, a two megapixel snapper on the front and have a display resolution of 1024x600 which is not bad for a device of this size.


The hardware powering the new Galaxy Tab will consist of a 1.2GHz processor w…

Building Blocks for Virtual Businesses : Key technological systems you must have to succeed in the remote business world

This is a guest post by Ripley Daniels about "Key technological systems you must have to succeed in the remote business world.

Whenever I tell friends I had a tough day at the office, they laugh at me. That's because they know I don't really have an office. I work very hard but I work for a company that is completely remote. Only a few of my co-workers ever go into an office at all and when they do, it's only for short periods of time. Our "office" is a virtual one. To us, the traditional office workplace is a thing of the past, alongside Tyrannosaurus Rex, the slide rule, and telephones where you stick your finger in a hole and turn a dial.
Unfortunately, none of this prevents me from having tough days. I still have them. But the reasons have nothing to do with the fact that my co-workers and I don't have a brick and mortar edifice that we can use to plan, strategize, hold our meetings, make presentations, discuss sensitive business topics, build relatio…

5 Common Examples Of Website Design Mistakes by Business Owners

This is a guest post by Sachin about five Common Examples Of Website Design Mistakes by Business Owners . When most business owners think about website design, they think about a brochure online. Online shopping sites are making a lot of money with the use of web-based applications to sell products, collect payments an arrange delivery. The only work left to do is pack and send the boxes. Smart applications can even print out the labels, so the only thing left to do it stick them on the box. Unfortunately, in many cases, websites are replacing people. For those of us left with a job, we can be thankful that many business owners make the following mistakes when it comes to websites and web design.


Don’t have one. This is the first and biggest problem of most business owners when it comes to website design. They think they don’t need one. Who can ever really do with less business? The reason why they have not been getting business from online sources in the past is because they have not …

How Quality Link Building Helps to get Organic Traffic

Internet has become a successful medium of earning income by selling goods online. When sale is involved, marketing comes in evidently. So if you have a website where you are selling some goods of your own or someone else’s then you must be adopt a good marketing strategy so that many people visit your website and see the products you have to offer them. Unless they know about what products or what discount schemes you are offering to them, they will not be able to purchase goods from your website. Generating organic traffic is very important for anyone who is selling through websites. To generate such traffic, link building is the method which can yield positive impact.


What is Organic traffic

Organic traffic is the type of traffic which is resulted without any paid links, or clicks. When users give a search to any search engine like Google, the search results are displayed and after that when the user clicks on a relevant link, then this process is said to generate organic traffic fo…

Home Buying Tips For Women In Real Estate Business

Although real estate has been a booming sector for some time in our country, still it has largely been a male bastion. Usually it’s the male of the house, whether its father or brothers, who make financial decisions and that includes a decision to buy a house.

Archive

Show more