There's nothing like the endless possibility that comes with buying and moving into a new home. A new home gives you the opportunity to make all kinds of changes you might never make otherwise. You can even take this opportunity to make home upgrades that will seriously improve your quality of life going forward.
We're probably a little biased, but we think one of the best things you can do in a new home is upgrading the plumbing. Plumbing changes or additions are a great way to make your new home feel like it's truly yours. They're also a great way to live more comfortably and even save money on your water bill! If you're interested in upgrading your new home's plumbing, here are five tips to keep in mind. Keep each of these considerations in mind, and you'll end up with home plumbing you'll love.
Work with a pro to make sure everything's up to code
If you're going to the trouble of installing new plumbing, make absolutely sure you're doing it properly. New plumbing is a great way to increase your home's value and make it a better place to live, but only if you do it right. If you learn your new plumbing isn't up to code, you'll waste time and money fixing the mistake.
To avoid wasting that time and money, we recommend hiring an expert to help with any plumbing installations. We can make sure your new plumbing fits into your old system seamlessly and effectively. When we're done, it'll be like your plumbing extension had always been a part of the home. Plus, you won't have to worry about plumbing code-we'll take care of that, too!
Consider upgrade options that save water
Making upgrades to your home's fixtures is good. Making upgrades that improve the efficiency of those fixtures is better. When you replace old plumbing fixtures with new ones, make sure those new ones use less water.
Look for fixtures and appliances that have earned the EPA's WaterSense logo. These fixtures use less water to do the same great job. Switching to WaterSense plumbing fixtures will improve your plumbing and help you save money at the same time.
Learn about different pipe materials
If you just moved into an older home, it's more likely than not that your pipes have weathered their fair share of wear over the years. The easiest way to upgrade is taking the original blueprint and having new pipes installed in a more modern material such as copper or PEX. These will be sturdier, longer lasting, and safe - especially if your home previously had any lead piping within.
Don't forget to take care of your new plumbing, too
If you're going to spend money upgrading your new home's plumbing, don't waste that investment by treating it poorly. Practice regular preventative maintenance. Avoid using chemical drain cleaners. Don't put common clog causers like grease, baby wipes, or coffee grounds down the drain. Treat your new plumbing nicely so it'll last for a long time.
Build a relationship with a trusted local plumbing company
If you're going to be making significant changes to your home's plumbing, make sure the company you hire to do it is a company that you trust. Vet them, talk to them, meet their technicians. The better you feel about the people doing the work on your home, the better you'll feel about taking more steps to fully upgrade your plumbing.
We might be a little biased, but the team at The Pink Plumber has been serving our community as a trusted provider of emergency and non-emergency plumbing services for many years. If you're thinking of adding new or upgrading the current plumbing in your home, give us a call.