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Changing The Bathroom Layout? Plumbing Issues You May Encounter

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In the typical American home, the bathroom is usually the smallest room in the home. Somewhat conversely, it is also usually the room that gets the most traffic from family members and guests to the home. Both of these factors can result in a need for more frequent renovations and upgrades. If the home is an older one, the homeowner may wish to modernize it by changing the layout, adding more space, and re-configuring the fixtures. 

If you are planning this type of extensive renovation and wondering what changes the plumbing system will require in order to accommodate your wishes, this information can help answer your questions. 

Toilet relocation issues

Changing the location of the toilet can be the most time-consuming part of moving all any basic bathroom fixture. This is because it will require extending the sewer system, as well as the cold water supply line. When the bathroom in an older home is remodeled, the project will sometimes uncover outdated sewer pipes. If these pipes are corroded or damaged, they may also need to be replaced as part of the project to prevent the possibility of a sewage leak.

In addition to concerns about the condition of the existing sewer pipe and whether it will need to be replaced, homeowners should also be aware that connecting to an existing sewage disposal pipe can be challenging. This is because the vertical part of the pipe that connected to the original toilet is directly tied into the main horizontal sewage line that connects to either a public sewer system or the home's septic system. If extending that line is not possible, it may be necessary to excavate a new trench and create a new main sewer line. 

Tubs, showers, and sinks 

Tubs, showers, and sinks are not as difficult to relocate as toilets, although they will require hookups to both hot and cold water supply lines, as well as a drain line for gray water. The drain line for sinks, tubs, and showers will either feed into the sewer system at some point or connect to a separate system for gray water disposal, depending upon the way your home is plumbed. 

Homeowners should know that dealing with the plumbing will take up a substantial part of the time and budget for a complete bathroom renovation. To learn more about the process and get practical advice to help you save money and time, take time to discuss your project with a plumbing service in your area.