Have you been considering a bathroom remodel to account for your change in taste? It’s easy to find a trend you just adore. However, it’s easy to overlook how bad a trend is for your plumbing. Your friendly neighborhood plumbers from POM Plumbing are here to let you in on some bathroom design choices you should flush!
The first of our three bathroom design trends is the wall-mounted faucet. This is an ever-popular trend that has come into the mainstream along with basin sinks. You know – those sinks that look like a bowl placed on the countertop. These are often paired with wall-mounted faucets. Granted, these look fantastic. However, they cause a lot of problems with plumbing.
For all these faucets do for your bathroom design, they take the pipes that are normally accessible under the vanity and hide them behind the wall. That means any leaks suddenly become a huge drain on your budget and a huge pain in your butt. A leaking pipe can lead to mold within your wall that you won’t even know about until it’s a much bigger problem than it would have been outside the walls.
Invisible Shower Drains
There is a new trend in standup showers to have invisible drains. These slot drains are created by having the shower floor slant slightly to one side. Water then disappears through a slot between the wall and floor. This looks incredibly sleek and luxurious. However, it also creates an inaccessibility in your drain.
While the water source of your sink can leak, there’s another problem that comes with drains – especially shower drains. That’s right; if you get a clog in your drain, fixing it will become a nightmare. There are always chemical drain cleaners, but those are known to eat away at pipes and leak chemicals into the water drainage system. Both are no good. If you plan on getting a hidden drain, make sure you talk with whoever is doing your remodel and see if they can modify the shower to have a removable floor. If your plumber can’t access your drain, a problem with your pluming may involve removing the shower floor – whether it’s meant to be or not.
Exposed pipes are a two-sided situation. On one hand, the pipes being exposed makes them very easy to maintenance. Spotting leaks is much easier. They look great in industrial interiors. However, exposed pipes are more likely to have temperature problems in cold locations or during the winter.
Pipes that are kept in the walls are typically surrounded by insulation and then further insulated by the walls themselves. If pipes aren’t kept warm enough (above 50 fahrenheit, to be safe), the water inside of them will freeze. The expansion from the water freezing will then burst the pipes or leave cracks in them. Then, they have to be replaced. Replacing plumbing isn’t a cheap expense. That’s why we recommend avoiding exposed plumbing unless you keep your home at a nice, warm temperature all year long.
If you have problems with your plumbing, you know who to call. Contact us at POM Plumbing and we can help you anywhere in Toronto. Let us know if you have questions or a plumbing emergency and we’ll be more than happy to help.