When you spend a lot of time and money fixing up an old house, the last thing you want is old, leaky plumbing causing water damage. If you'll tear down the old house to the studs anyway, it's the perfect time to have a new plumbing system installed, especially if the old pipes are steel or cast iron and rusty. Here are a few things to know about a new plumbing system.
The Main Components of a Plumbing System
Water is fed into your home from a water main that's pressurized. You can have a control valve placed on the line to regulate the pressure so it isn't too high or too low. The pressure ensures water is circulated throughout your house and comes out the faucets when you need it. Water drains out of your house by going down drains using gravity. The slope of the drain pipes has to be just right so clogs don't develop due to slow draining.
Another important part of a plumbing system is the vent pipes that allow air into the system so the drains work. The vent pipes poke through your roof, and the other pipes route through your house to the various appliances and plumbing fixtures in your home.
The Additional Fixtures
If you totally gut the old house, you'll get to choose from a variety of modern plumbing fixtures and appliances. You may want a tankless water heater or a spa tub. Let your plumber know early on what you want in your bathrooms and kitchen, so plans can be made to include exactly what you want. When it comes to the bathtubs, you may need them installed before the bathroom is completed if they won't fit through the door otherwise. Letting your plumber know your detailed plans for the renovation enables him or her to provide you with results you'll be happy with once your home is complete.
The Choices in Water Pipes
Water pipes and drains are available in different materials. You can choose between copper, plastic, and PEX tubing. Your plumber can help you decide on the right material for your home. You may want copper since it is more traditional and has been used for longer than plastic. However, plastic is a good choice for drains since it doesn't rust, and it's not easy to crack.
Your old house may have pipes buried under the slab. You may not want to dig into the slab to bury new pipes, so your plumber may route them through the walls or the attic. You'll want to install the new plumbing system before you finish the walls and flooring so the plumber has plenty of room to install the pipes and anchor them in place.
Talk to a contractor about plumbing systems installations to spruce up that old fixer upper.