3 New Plumbing Options For Your Holiday Bathroom Remodel
The holidays are here, and you probably have a long list of things to do while you get your home ready for dinners, parties, and overnight guests.
But when you lay down at night to finally get some rest, that leaky bathroom faucet is keeping you up half the night and driving you crazy in the process!
“Three signs that your old bath faucets are treading water: Their finish is dull or pitted. They still drip even after you repair them. Or, their style looks dated with the bath remodel you’re planning.
If that describes your faucets, get ready for a sea of replacement options.”
Whether you’re tackling a total holiday bathroom remodel this year, or you just need to update some old, corroded bathroom fixtures, we’ve put together a list of plumbing options that will have your bathroom looking fabulous and working seamlessly.
If your showerhead is leaking or just not spraying like it once was, it’s probably time for an upgrade.
But showerheads can come in a wide array of options, so it’s best to do some research and pick the style best suited for your home.
Top Mounted Rainfall Showerheads
Ceiling mounted shower heads are a great option for low bathroom ceilings, and create a soothing rain like experience for the user.
While most rainfall showerheads utilize a single spray pattern, some newer models have extra functions and pressure settings.
Standard Wall Mounted Showerhead With Multi Functions
These common showerhead types are the standard in many homes, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring.
Choose a model with powerful jets and other massage functions to turn your home shower into a spa like experience.
Handheld Shower Heads
These models are great for bathing the dog, rinsing the tub, washing a child’s hair, or for use while sitting on a shower stool.
Because of the different places you can mount a shower head, and the sizing options you’ll need to consider, it’s always a good idea to consult a plumber for your install.
This qualified professional can give you insight on the best types of shower heads for your existing set up, and make sure they are installed properly so you never have to worry about leaks inside your walls, or dripping fixtures.
Bath And Sink Faucets
Choose Your Materials
When it comes to the faucets in your bathroom, it’s important to not only pick a style you like, but also to consider what materials the fixtures are made out of.
Solid brass is the lowest maintenance and longest lasting material for bathroom faucets.
Zinc is a decent budget conscious option, but can corrode some over time and will eventually need replacing.
Plastic has the lowest life span, and should be avoided.
If you’re upgrading your tub and sink faucets, but not your tub and sink itself, you’ll need to choose a faucet that mounts and fits the same way.
For your bathtub, you need to check the number of holes you have for a faucet in the first place. Some units have up to three, while others have none, and require a free standing or wall mounted faucet.
When it comes to your sink, the sizing process is similar.
“If you’re retrofitting a new faucet to an existing sink or buying a complete sink ensemble, be sure to match the type of faucet to the hole openings in your sink.”
Single-hole faucets combine the spout and mixing handles—often a single lever—into one unit that requires only one drilled sinkhole. For retrofits, some models include a bottom plate that will cover existing three-hole openings. Single-hole faucets are ideal for smaller sinks, such as powder room baths. Their simplicity reflects modern sensibilities.
Center-set faucets fit standard three-hole sinks (with outer holes drilled 4 inches apart). They’ll have either a single lever or two handles mounted on a 6-inch plate. They’re ideal for most bathroom sinks.
Widespread mounts have three separate pieces: Two handles and the spout. The standard distance between the handles is at least 8 inches, and the three pieces tend to be larger than other types of bath faucets. Smaller versions, called minispreads, are designed for standard holes drilled 4 inches apart.
Wall mount faucets have gained popularity along with freestanding or vessel-type sinks that require longer spouts that extend well over the top of the bowl.
While you may be perfectly capable of replacing a bathroom faucet yourself, an experienced plumber can probably tackle the task much more quickly.
It’s also a good idea to get input from your plumber on the type of replacement you’re interested in so they can make sure you get a fixture that will work with your sink or tub and save you from the hassle of ordering the wrong parts.
When replacing your commode, fit is another important factor. But you may also want to consider the size and height of your toilet, as well as the type of flushing options that are best for you.
Low Flow And Dual Flush Toilets
These are a fantastic option for those looking to conserve water.
With the use of a power assisted flush, or gravity, these toilets can save thousands of gallons of water over their lifetime.
Two Piece Units
These common styles found in most bathrooms contain a seperate tank and bowl, and come in a variety of sizes and shapes.
One Piece Unit
While generally on the pricier side, these units are great for a modern bathroom update and they make toilet cleaning a breeze.
Toilets come in a wide variety of heights and shapes, but above all else you want to make sure you order a unit that properly fits the rough-in that leads to your sewer.
A plumber can easily determine this for you and also make sure your new toilet is fitted and sealed properly.
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