Home renovations whether it’s the bathroom or the kitchen can revitalize your home and create the room you’ve you always dreamed about. You’ll spend months researching and going through all the different steps, so you can finally begin. While you might consider everything from appliances to contractors, there are some aspects regarding plumbing service that people don’t consider.
Renovations can be exciting, and people often want to make everything perfect since it will be years before anything new happens. It can be tempting to move a stove or sink from one location to another, but be careful. The installation and adjustment of plumbing and gas lines can add up. Talk to a plumber beforehand and get an estimate. They may have to go through concrete or other materials that can add time or cost to the installation. There may also be pipes that need to be replaced or other unforeseen problems.
Your plumbing fixtures as such as bathroom sinks, bathtubs, showers and kitchen sink will be the ones you’re stuck with for a decade or more. You don’t want to do renovations every few years, so get the plumbing fixtures you want now instead of regretting it later. You may think that fancy fixtures are outside the budget, but would you rather spend a little extra to get the best or regret your decision for a decade? Keeping a tight rein on your budget is important, but so is having a satisfying result. The fixtures will be front and center no matter what room you’re renovating, so get the ones you really want.
When you’re renovating, you’re adding many items to the budget. Everything from the cost of appliances, shipping, contractors, etc. The budget can get high fast, but don’t forget to account for unexpected expenses. There’s a general rule that you need to set aside about 20 percent of the budget for “just in case.” You may find that the contractors need more time, the price of the stove is more than thought or the sink you ordered wasn’t the right size. There are many unexpected costs that add up quickly, so keep that in mind when creating a renovation budget.
If you need helps with quotes for a home renovation or any other plumbing issues, then feel free to contact us today.
It’s frustrating when we go to the bathroom and discover the faucet’s leaking or there’s water all over the floor from the toilet. Lavatory faucet repair can be difficult and may end up making the problem worse if not done correctly. Your household fixtures may seem simple, but be careful of these common fixture problems.
It doesn’t matter if you got a top of the line faucet or something off the bargain bin, eventually, problems arise. Faucets are made up of several parts and any one of them can cause a problem. You could have a leaky faucet, water coming from the hot or cold water valves, low water pressure, or many more.
We’ve seen nightmarish toilet problems in our years servicing the community, from toilets overflowing with sewage that fills the bathroom floor, to toilets that never stop running, not to mention clogs that refuse to clear. The list goes on and on. Some of these problems can easily be solved by you, such as plunging out a stubborn clog or replacing a ballcock to stop a running toilet. If the clog refuses to budge or it’s just too much for you to handle, then call us.
The garbage disposal is one of those machines that’s scary to try and fix yourself. We’ve all seen those horror movies where someone loses a wedding ring or tries to stick their hand down to fix it and…well…we all know how that ends. It’s easy over time for garbage disposals to get clogged, smell bad, or stop working. It’s a machine, and as such it occasionally needs repair. Keep all of your fingers and contact our licensed team if something goes wrong with your garbage disposal.
You likely spent quite a bit of money on your fixtures, so let us help fix the problem and make sure they come through the process unscathed.
The water that comes from under the ground or flowing in a river is vastly different than the water that comes out of your faucet. Natural water contains minerals and other contaminants that impact everything from its flavor to your health. If you’re doing plumbing remodeling, then you might consider improving your water quality, so let’s talk about the difference between water treatment and water softening.
When a person says their water is hard, it means it contains high levels of minerals such as calcium or magnesium. The water traditionally gets these minerals as it’s flowing underground and passes through rock deposits that contain these minerals. As the water passes through your pipes, it can leave deposits that will eventually clog the pipes and cause sewer problems. It can also stain clothing and fixtures. The World Health Organization stated there are no significant negative health effects from hard water, but the impact it can cause on your pipes, clothing, and fixtures makes it a problem that should be fixed.
Water treatment is a blanket term to cover anything that helps improve the quality of your water including water softening. Water softening is only a way of removing the minerals making the water hard. Water softening often uses salts that can adhere to the mineral ions in the water and remove them. More general water treatment, like what’s done to a municipal water supply, uses a wider variety of treatments, such as reverse osmosis. We mentioned earlier how hard water can negatively impact clothing, so many laundry detergents contain water softeners including sodium carbonate to eliminate the minerals from the water during the wash. A good water softening system can help keep you from calling a friendly plumber in the future.
While water softening removes the minerals that cause hard water, water treatment can remove all types of contaminants depending on the type of treatment. There can be heavy metals in your water including lead and mercury or even radioactive elements such as radium. Cities and municipalities use complex water treatment systems to remove many of the contaminants, but take our plumbing advice: remove additional contaminants with an in-home water treatment system.
Hansen’s Plumbing is available to help you with hard water or water treatment. Let us provide you with systems that improve your water quality.