Bathroom Renovation Tips

Bathroom Renovation Tips

Bathroom RenovationA good quality bathroom renovation will provide you with years of pleasure and comfort. However, if you cut corners and do an amateur job, you will be reminded of it on a daily basis.

A bathroom is a small space with lots of moving parts. Not to mention, the sheer volume of water moving through the space, ready to exploit any and all leaks.

In this blog post, we will be discussing:

  • Budgeting for Your Bathroom Renovation
  • Upgrading Your Plumbing
  • Relocating Your Plumbing
  • Energy-Efficient Options
  • Ventilation


Bathroom Renovation Tips

Budgeting for Your Bathroom Renovation

When it comes to any sort of home renovation, always budget for the unexpected. We recommend factoring in an additional 10 – 15% cushion into your budget. In the case of a bathroom renovation, hidden water damage is a common culprit.


Upgrade Your Plumbing

Don’t ignore the older pipework in your house, especially when you know you will be remodeling. Your eyes may glaze over when your plumbing contractor makes this recommendation, but it is a crucial upgrade. This is especially the case if you have:

  • ‘Old Gal’ pipes (used in the 1960’s)
  • Polybutylene pipes (used in the 1970’s – 1990’s)

We recommend replacing these water pipes and connections with copper and reputable plastic pipe.


Relocating Your Plumbing

Most blogs written on this topic will tell you to avoid relocating your plumbing. However, this may not be the best decision for your existing space.  Before you rule out a plumbing relocation, it is important to think about your space. If a plumbing relocation would benefit the flow of your space, talk to a plumbing professional.


Energy Efficient Options


High-Efficiency Shower Heads

Most shower heads have a 9.5 liters per minute flow rates. Modern high-efficiency shower heads can reduce that amount by half or more. They can better maintain pressure and they will not sacrifice water flow efficiency. Surprisingly, it will be hard for you to tell a difference after you swap them out.


Low Flow Toilets

Low flow toilets are efficient as they have dual flush settings. They have one setting with less water for number one and more water for number two. If you’re interested in getting a new toilet for your space, contact a toilet installation expert.



Moisture in a home not only breeds mold and mildew, but it can also take a toll on finishes and painted surfaces. A bathroom fan is essential. Consider a humidity-sensing unit that will automatically turn on and off depending on the amount of moisture in the air.

Universal Plumbing and Heating is an experienced plumbing company that services Greater Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Contact us for your:

Visit our website or contact our 24/7 Emergency Service line at 604-873-3551. 

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