Updating Plumbing Fixtures
Whether you are repairing broken fixtures or you have decided it is time for a fresh new look in your kitchen or bathroom, the time has come to update your plumbing fixtures. Some plumbing updates can be done on your own, such as installing a new faucet or showerhead. But if you are not sure how to complete a plumbing fixture upgrade, be sure to contact Best Plumbing for professional assistance.
Plumbing can cause problems in your house if it is not updated to modern standards. If the fixtures are old, they will rust and break easily, and they also probably will not provide the best performance. Whatever your reason for reading up on this topic, it may be time to upgrade plumbing fixtures.
What Types of Finishes Will You Use?
If you are currently shopping for home fixtures, then you are probably aware that they come in a wide array of finishes. Selecting the perfect option can be a stressful process. Before you proceed with upgrades, you need to determine the desired look and feel you want. You will likely also want that look and feel to be cohesive throughout the house. This allows you to remain consistent when it comes to home improvement efforts. If you are thinking about upgrading all of your kitchen faucets, then it might be a good idea to determine what types of cabinets and countertops you like best as well. Planning ahead helps you make confident decisions that coordinate with potential renovations down the road.
Here are the 9 most popular finishes:
Chrome – This finish works well with all styles of homes. It is inexpensive and very easy to maintain. The only downside of this finish is that it shows water spots and fingerprints.
Brushed Nickel –This finish works well with most all styles of decor and is easy to clean and maintain. The main problem found with this finish is that it does not go well with stainless steel. If stainless is prevalent in your remodel or build, you may want to choose something else.
Polished Nickel – Again, this finish works well with most all types of design and décor. Polished nickel is another great option if you are looking for a faucet that is easy to clean and maintain, though it does tend to be a bit more expensive that the ones mentioned above.
Oil Rubbed Bronze – This finish has been around for decades. Oil Rubbed Bronze goes well with traditional homes, is easy to match and will not show water spotting. It is a bit more expensive than the polished chrome, but still a great choice.
Polished Brass – This finish looks best in vintage style homes. However, it is rather durable, although expensive, but it is relatively easy to match to other fixtures.
Satin Brass – Traditional, Modern and Contemporary homes fit this finish the best. Although you will not see fingerprints and watermarks, satin bronze is hard to find and a bit expensive.
Copper – If you are upgrading a farmhouse or Tuscan setting, this might be the finish for you. This beautiful finish also provides a natural antibacterial property, but it definitely is more high maintenance than the other finishes.
Satin Bronze –Satin bronze finish is traditional or Mediterranean in style. This finish is durable, not showing water spots but is hard to find and on the pricier end of the cost scale.
Updating Plumbing Fixtures
Change Your Shower Heads
A new showerhead can help improve the look of your bathroom and lower your water usage. There are various types of showers, such as dual showerheads and hand-held ones. Depending on the type of showerhead that you have, you may need to use a wrench or a pair of pliers to remove it.
Before installing the new showerhead, you will obviously need to remove the old one. You may need to use a wrench or pliers to remove the old showerhead, depending on the type that you have. To replace the showerhead, screw the new part into the shower arm. Make sure the connection is tight so that you don’t have any leaks. If you encounter leaks, apply Teflon tape to the unit and tighten the connection until the leaks disappear.
One of the most challenging parts of a kitchen faucet replacement project is removing the old one. Before doing this, check the surrounding conditions for signs of major problems, such as corroded pipes and poor access to the fitting.
Before starting the process of changing the faucets, make sure the garbage disposal is disconnected. After removing the various components of the sink, the P-traps and pipes that run from the faucet are ready to replace. Most of the time, a new faucet comes with simple instructions.
Before starting a faucet switch, always shut off the circuit breaker to avoid electrical problems and turn off the main shutoff valves. Once you’ve removed everything from under the sink, remove the P-traps and pipes that drain from the sink. If those parts look old, this is a perfect time to replace them. After removing the drains and wiring, it’s time to install the new faucet. Most faucets come with the manufacturer’s instructions for simplicity. After installing the new faucet, remember to reconnect the water lines to ensure the faucet works properly.
Sometimes, you may want to make major changes to your kitchen or bathroom. While you can handle minor updates on your own, hiring a professional to install bigger appliances is the best solution, especially if special tools and knowledge are needed. Maybe you are thinking of adding a new dishwasher or upgrading your toilets. While you can probably handle small plumbing updates on your own, it is typically best to contact a professional for safe and proper installation of larger appliances.
Reasons to Update Fixtures
The plumbing fixtures that are used for your bathroom can have a huge impact on its overall design and function. If you are planning on updating your bathroom, then these are some of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to do so.
Increase Value of Your Home
Oftentimes, a full bathroom remodel is not necessary to increase the value of your home. Instead, you can add value by simply updating the various fixtures. Whether you plan to live in your home for many years or want to sell, updating your home is a great investment.
Transform the Space
Transform your kitchen or bathroom one upgrade at a time. These renovations do not have to cost a small fortune. With a bit of planning and elbow grease, you can completely transform your kitchen or bathroom for a fraction of the cost of a professional remodel by upgrading your plumbing fixtures.
Modern fixtures come equipped with water-saving technologies. These upgrades can help reduce your monthly water consumption and provide you with a great deal of savings.
If you have decided to update your plumbing fixtures, give us a call here at Best Plumbing. We have the experience, knowledge and tools to get your fixtures changed out successfully!
How to Know It Is Time to Upgrade Your Plumbing Fixtures
During home renovation, it can be tempting to leave those old plumbing fixtures in place to save money. However, this mistake can pose numerous risks to your family and your home.
If water constantly drips from a showerhead or faucet, consider an upgrade. Leaks are not only a major annoyance, but they are also costly. A slow leak can waste up to 25 gallons a day. Old fixtures are more likely to leak—but fortunately, it is easy for a seasoned plumber to replace them. For hidden leaks, monitor your water meter and monthly bills for signs of excess consumption.
Fittings Keep Coming Loose
You might notice that a fixture’s connections are stripped, making them difficult to tighten. Likewise, the fittings under the sink are always coming loose despite your best efforts. When plumbing fixtures have become unreliable, have them replaced right away to prevent bigger problems in the future. Faulty connections and loose fittings can quickly turn into leaks, increasing the risk of water damage. Call Best Plumbing today to get things tightened back up.
Unpleasant Odors Due to Mold and Mildew
You should not smell your plumbing. If you do, you likely already have a major issue. In fact, wet pieces of wall and ceiling indicate a water problem. Mold and mildew can easily grow in such areas. They not only give out an unpleasant odor but affect the health and well-being of your family in the long run.
Rust and Corrosion
Kitchens, laundry rooms and bathrooms are some of the high-moisture areas in a home. For this reason, metal fixtures may deteriorate faster. If your fixtures are rusted or tarnished, consider inspecting nearby pipes for similar issues. Rust is an indication that your fixtures and pipes need plumbing services. Fortunately, today’s modern plumbing fixtures are more durable and easier to maintain, making them worth the investment.
How Often Should I Replace My Plumbing Fixtures?
Find out just how often your toilets, water heater, garbage disposal, washing machine supply hose, faucets, supply pipes, and drain lines need to be replaced — and the tale tell signs your plumbing fixtures are on the outs.
Average Plumbing Lifespans
Toilets (like the actual toilet bowls themselves) really only need to be replaced if they are cracked, though different parts within the toilet may need replaced more frequently. For example:
Handle: there is no distinct time frame, but you should replace your toilet handle if:
You have to jiggle it to stop the water from running
Your toilet won’t fully flush unless you hold the handle down
Your water runs on its own without you having flushed
Flappers, trip levers, fill valves, fittings, and plumbing connections: 4-5 years
Wax seals: 20-30 years
Garbage Disposals last for about 10 years as long as you are using them properly and only dispose of food items approved by your manufacturer. Other than age, your disposal may also need to be replaced if:
You are experiencing frequent clogs
Food is taking a long time to break down
You are resetting it more often
There are lingering odors that just will not go away
Faucets can usually be repaired and rejuvenated, meaning you will only need to replace them if they have to be fixed CONSTANTLY or your plumber deems them beyond repair. People generally update every few years for other needs like:
Updating an outdated style
Incorporating newer technology (washerless cartridge, less water waste, easier to repair, etc.)
Drain lines can give in over time due to old age, but they can also be damaged in the meantime by tree root growth. As long as you do not experience a natural disaster, the replacement time line looks a little something like this:
Cast iron pipes: 80-100 years
PVC (plastic) pipes: 25-40 years
When to Contact a Plumbing Professional
If you are undertaking a plumbing fixture remodeling project, you may need to find a plumber in Riverside County for assistance. In that case, do not hesitate to contact Best Plumbing Services for all your remodeling needs.
Call us at 951-788-1321 for help with plumbing inspections during the home buying process. Located in Riverside, California we are family owned and operated with over 10 years of experience. We take pride in our service and expect each job to be completed as if it were our own home or business. Our Licensed Plumbers and Technicians will be professional, clean and polite.