Posts Tagged ‘bathroom’

How To Install Bathrooms Or Showers

October 20th, 2012

If you are moving into a new house and wish to redecorate your bathroom, or even if you just find your current one outdated, then chances are you are likely to want to know where to start when installing a new one. These essential tips for installing a bathroom or shower will make it easier, quicker and more efficient when the time comes to update that all important room.

 

1) Choose your bathroom or shower carefully

Firstly, are you looking at changing over your entire bathroom, or just installing a new shower? When you know exactly what you are going to need in the bathroom, it is time for the fun part; shopping!

There are hundreds of different styles in terms of bathroom suites and furniture, some more popular than others. If you are looking for everything from a toilet to a bath, then try to find a matching suite that will work well with your chosen décor.

In terms of showers, it is important to decide what type of system you want, as well as the shower frame itself. Everything from simple one-person electric showers to wet rooms are available on the market, so decide what works best for your family and your budget.

Make sure you get your bathroom furniture, suite or shower from a trusted company that delivers, so you do not have to worry about things not turning up on time or in pieces. Some plumbers may even offer you catalogues featuring suites from their own suppliers, which they would then be able to get for you.

2) Removing the old bathroom and designing the new one

Before you can begin work on your new bathroom, you must first remove the old one. Depending on which features you want to keep, this could be a task for a qualified plumber, or just a handyman with a hammer.

If toilets or other plumbed in facilities need to be removed, then ensure your water supply is switched off before attempting this. The last thing you want is a flood in your bathroom which could cause many future problems!

Those who know exactly what they want may wish to come up with a design plan for the new bathroom, showing what they want and where. It is advisable to seek the advice of a professional when constructing your plan, as there may be some limitations depending on water inlets and outlets in your room.

If you have absolutely no idea what you want your bathroom to look like, most good plumbing companies will be able to offer you design ideas and plans to suit your needs.

3) Getting your new bathroom/shower all plumbed in

Unless you have passed several plumbing exams, it is inadvisable to try and plumb in a new bathroom or shower by yourself. Trying to DIY a project such as this could cause a lot of problems such as leaking or flooding.

When you have a design ready, contact a plumbing service that will be able to go through the details of your plan and install everything for you.

A good plumber should be able to remove your old bathroom (including tricky elements such as electrical work), design a new one and install it all for you without any trouble at all.

If you need something specialist such as a bath or shower with disabled access, tiling or towel radiators installed, then ensure your plumber is able to do this before agreeing to provide them with the work.

Conclusion

There are a few reasons that you may be thinking about getting a new bathroom installed, whether you fancy updating the one in your family home, or perhaps even to up the price of a property you want to sell.

Picking out the bathroom suite and furniture will be a fun part of the process, so enjoy it as best you can! Work out your budget and stick to it, including labour and extras such as decorative items.

A good plumbing company should be able to carry out any work that you do not feel comfortable doing, or complete the whole job if you would rather not get your hands dirty at all.

Make sure that the plumber you hire is aware of anything specialist or different that you might need, or if you would like them to provide the suite or furniture themselves.

By Rebecca Walton who writes articles for DIS Plumbing, Plumbers St Albans, England.

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Selecting the Suitable Bathtub – Great Looks, Technology and Size

August 17th, 2012

The choice of a right bathtub is no easy matter. There are manifold things to be kept in mind like what you want to use your tub for or your bathroom size for instance. Aesthetic looks rule as well as does technology. But what’s most important is the use you intend to put it to as there is no point in getting a whirlpool bath that you barely use. Nor is it advisable to launch into a buy without some background knowledge of what you are getting into.

Varieties to choose from

Alcove fit

Alcove fitting tubs are compact and can be used as multi-purpose ones and so you can bathe the children or the dog in it too. These are small though and ideal if you want a good soak as they are shallow.

If you can’t afford a bathroom for the kids then this type of tub is a safer bet and it has more utility as well.

Soaking ease

Soaking tubs will allow you to have ample room for a good soak and come in a lot of styles. Some tub styles can hold more water while others will contain less. The stand alone bath falls within this category and so does the Victorian clawfoot. If you want a larger tub, then double-ended ones would be better. These are ideal for those who want to end a hard day with a nice long soak without feeling cramped.

Techno tubs

Air and whirlpool tubs are the latest offered by technology and are supposed to give a soothing experience by their water massage effects. The air tub has a bubble-based system whereas the whirlpool is more of a water injecting system. The problem with such types is that you may not have a compatible plumbing system or tank and so the installing costs can mount up drastically.

No edge tub

The walk-in variety of tubs  come with a door so that you don’t have to step over the edge of the tub on entry and exit. These are perfect for people who are unable to move much or for the elderly. Since the door has a seal, it is watertight once shut.

Materials and matter

Every material has its pros or cons and the one that may eventually suit your purpose will have to be gauged through both its durability as well as whether it will complement home décor.

Durable but  needing  support – cast iron and enamel on steel

These tubs are coated with porcelain enamel as a coating which wears and chips of later and so can lead to rusting. This type of tub is considered to be the most durable and can be found in standalone baths and alcove varieties. However, since they are heavy, strong support structures are required for them.

Enamel on steel is similar though lighter and is as easy to maintain as the former.

Faux enamel look – acrylic tubs

These tubs have a good gloss and a look similar to the enamel tubs. They are lighter in weight though and can be scratched more easily but repairing is no hassle. Air and whirpool baths normally fall in this category.

When Should You Hire a Professional Plumber?

May 14th, 2012

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One of the most valuable DIY lessons is knowing when to call a pro

While there are some minor plumbing jobs that a homeowner can perform without assistance, there are times that a homeowner needs to hire a professional plumber to make certain that the job is done properly. A professional plumber will know how to handle a problem and can handle the problem more quickly than a homeowner. Here are some things for a homeowner to consider when determining whether or not to hire a plumber.

Get your problems solved, correctly

Making certain that a problem is handled safely is one of the best reasons to hire a plumber. Leaks in an upstairs bathroom or water pipes in a wall can create a safety hazard if the leak comes into contact with electrical wiring or other electrical devices. Leaks in these hard to access areas can also encourage the growth of mold. Mold is not only expensive to treat and remove, but mild mold growth can be deadly for the young and old and those with respiratory problems.

Stay out of hot water!

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A pro plumber can really save the day!

Hot water problems are another situation that is likely to require the attention of a plumber. Problems with the heating element or other components of a hot water tank require expert repairs to prevent the creation of an unsafe condition. An improperly repaired hot water tank can produce scalding hot water or can produce excess pressure that may rupture the water heater or water lines. Repairs of any problems with devices that use natural gas, propane or other flammable gases should be performed by a professional.

Thinking about mucking with your sewer? Think again.

A homeowner should also contact a plumber to deal with any problems caused by sewer lines. Sewage or sewer gases backing up into a home can cause significant health problems. Sewer gas is also flammable and can create a deadly situation if not properly repaired. A plumber will also have the needed experience to perform or recommend that proper cleaning procedure to remove the residue from sewage.

Worried about your pressure?

Excessive water pressure is a problem that is generally best handled by a plumber. Excessive water pressure can cause damage to water lines and any device that uses water. High water pressure can also create leaks that can cause safety hazards or cause extensive property damage. Though not generally a safety hazard, low water pressure is a complex problem that may require the experience of a plumber to quickly diagnose and repair.

Keeping you up to code

Kitchen and bathroom upgrades may require the services of a plumber to make certain that the repairs are performed to meet local regulations. Though a homeowner may be able to make useable changes in either room, work that is correctly performed will cause additional expenses to get the home to pass an inspection when it is time to sell the home. Building codes and other regulations exist to make certain that homes are safe and energy efficient. Completing work that does not meet local building code may result in property damage and possibly even significant fines.

These are just a few examples of situations where a homeowner may need the services of a professional plumber.