Use Your Home Renovation As An Opportunity For Practical Plumbing Upgrades

Are you upgrading your home? Are you committing yourself to a renovation project? If so, this is the perfect time to add to the list of things you desperately need to do to help liven up the aesthetic and practical state of your domicile. If it has been a while since you've had an opportunity to commit yourself to any plumbing concerns, then during a home renovation is the perfect time to get down and dirty and use this chance to upgrade your plumbing for practical reasons.

How To Have Plumbing Inspected Once Renovations Begin

Your plumber will address any hazardous or financially suspect problems that are part and parcel of any good plumbing inspections. This may range from something as simple as leaky faucets, to problems that are generally considered a bit more major, including rusty pipes, damaged sinks and improper use of, or worn down, toilet sealant on previous plumbing jobs.

Your plumber will also inspect your pipes for age related issues, such as rust, sediment build-up and cracks, if you live in an older home. Once your plumber has completed the inspection, he can give you a good idea of what upgrades your home needs. For example, you may have to completely gut and replace the plumbing in your bathroom if he found aged related damage to the pipes. If he finds leaky faucets and shower heads, he will suggest that you swap them out for newer models. 

Bathroom Upgrades

Perhaps the first thing that will come to your mind regarding any plumbing upgrades is a renovated bathroom. Remember that you can use this chance to address faulty bathroom lines and any other problems that might affect the environment's health and your pocketbook. For example, you may want to take the chance to get low flow installations. Low flow bathroom installations are an absolute perfect solution for any exorbitantly high priced water bills that the city might be throwing your way. Replacing a toilet installed before 1980 alone will save anywhere from 1.9-5.4 gallons of water per flush, which is both good for environmental concerns as well as lessens the amount you spend on utilities per month.

Kitchen Upgrades

The next thing on your mind regarding plumbing upgrades is undoubtedly the kitchen, the other home hotspot where the water flows like, well, water. There are also a number of upgrades you can have installed that will increase the value of your home, help save you a bit of cash, and also have the added bonus of being environmentally friendly.

In addition to the low flow installations that you can similarly install in your kitchen, you can also add aerating faucets into the mix. Aeraters can be easily installed onto the head of a faucet, which creates a greater airflow through the faucet's water stream. This will give you the intensity of a strong water stream without using the same amount of water usually required to generate that intensity. It's perfect for washing those hard to rinse dishes. During kitchen renovation is also the perfect time to replace washers and worn out plumbing joints that connect to your kitchen sink and your dishwasher.

Although doing that may not save you money immediately, new joints and washers will give you peace of mind knowing that your plumbing is secure and you won't be subjected to water damage from either of these things breaking. 

Water Heater Upgrades

During renovation is also the perfect time to upgrade your water heater, since the rest of your plumbing is getting a bit of a makeover. There are a number of DIY tasks that you can perform to upgrade your water heater's performance, including installing a damming system. However, it is highly recommended that, if your system is over fifteen years old, you have a professional give it a quick once over. If it is the case that you need a new water heater, an electric water heater can produce correspondent levels of energy as a gas heater, with the added bonus of being safer and more environmentally friendly.