Best Plumbing Upgrades for Your Bathroom Remodel
Whether you’re new to your home or it’s time for some exciting improvement projects for a space that you’ve been making work, bathroom upgrades are one of the best ways to add value to your home when you focus on:
- Repairing Existing Problems
- Improving Safety
- Increasing Space
- Adding Functionality
- Enhancing Aesthetics
You’ll also be able to enjoy getting ready for the day and unwinding in the evenings much more easily when your bathroom fits your needs. Whether you renovate one small task at a time or decide to gut the entire bathroom, your updates can go a long way.
Upgrades to Make Your Bathroom Functional & Beautiful
Even if you have no plans to sell your home anytime soon, both minor and major bathroom remodels return more than 93% on your investment. That means you get to benefit from the improvements, optimize your home, and increase your home value should you decide to sell in the future. Of course, your return also depends on the quality of materials and installation techniques used – you’ll want to ensure that your renovations will last, after all.
Larger Drain Pipes
Though you can’t see a physical improvement to the space with a larger drain, you’ll quickly notice the difference in drainage quality. It’s common for bathroom drains to be 1.5” (potentially as small as 1.25”, although this is not as typical). And you can increase your drain to 2” to notice a drastic improvement in both water flow and dealing with less drain clogs. This is especially true in households with multiple people sharing bathrooms.
Hidden Tank Toilets & Low-Flow Toilets
If you picture a luxurious bathroom, you won’t see the tank of the toilet, and there are several reasons for that. These types of toilets have the tank mounted inside the wall, which creates a sleek look and saves space.
If hidden tanks are not your preference, you can still improve your toilet with:
- Quiet-Close Lids
- Heated Seats
- Larger Seats
- Softer Seats
- Built-In Bidet
- Optimal Seat Height
- Low-Flow Flushing
- Dual Flushing
Low-flow units will save water with each flush and increase the value of your home. One of the most important considerations with low-flow toilets (and toilets in general) is the ability to flush just once to get the job done.
You can choose criteria for your toilets and compare flush scores to make a smart decision. Our team is also well-versed in the types of toilets available – we can help you weigh the pros and cons so you can choose which is best for your home.
Low-Flow & Handheld Showerheads
Comparable to traditional showerheads in price, low-flow systems pump out less water, which can save hundreds (if not thousands) of gallons of water per year. Not only does this benefit our environment, but it also helps lower your water bills. While you’re at it, consider upgrading to a handheld showerhead for a more accessible shower, or a rainfall showerhead to feel like you’re getting clean in nature.
41% of inspected urban homes have dangerous water temperatures, and rental properties have a higher risk for unsafe levels. Avoid this risk (especially if you have children or the elderly around) by installing a device that mixes cold water with the hot water from your water heater to keep heat levels comfortable. Anti-scald devices are also known as tempering or mixing valves.
A great option for your sinks is motion-sensor faucets, which automatically turn off after a few seconds to conserve water. Naturally, they also come with the benefit of not touching a handle, which can easily spread bacteria.
Swap out your small, single sink for a double-sink vanity with extra storage. More people can use the vanity at once, and you can make an elegant vanity the focal point of your bathroom. Even if you make no other changes than improving this area, a good bathroom vanity is a game-changer.
If your remodel project includes replacing toilets, sinks, or showers, this is a smart time to consider installing better-quality pipes (especially if you have concerns about old age or hidden leaks). Many old piping systems were made from galvanized steel pipes, which corrode, or copper pipes that have hard water leaks. Addressing any issues in advance can save you from problems down the line.
If you’re not sure where to begin, don’t hesitate to reach out! We can help you establish a plan for the bathroom of your dreams.
PS: Did you see these upgrades for the rest of your home?