How to Choose Your Plumbing Fixtures

In the previous years, bathrooms and kitchens were commonly seen in white or cream. It was the typical design and since it looked boring (although it looks clean), modern decorators made innovative changes and now, bathroom and kitchen designs come in many different styles and colors. If one is planning for a home improvement project, this article provides tips in choosing plumbing that are suitable to the needs and lifestyle of different people.

 Faucets and sinks used in kitchens are now available in many styles.

Some are modern, classic, elegant styles, and there are some that are user-friendly and functional. Select a style that matches the overall design of the bathroom or kitchen. Be sure to know the specific function and features of each plumbing fixtures. Choose a faucet or a sink suits the needs of its users. For example, if there are children in the house be sure to choose a shower faucet that has temperature and pressure control features perfect for their bath. When shopping for these things, check the durability and quality of these fixtures. Make sure they last longer and can stand with thorough dirt or everyday cleaning. It should be easy to install and easy to replace so that it will not be a problem if it needs a few fixing.

Of course, the cost of these fixtures varies too. Compare prices and features before deciding what to buy. However, an expensive Oklahoma plumbing fixture does not always mean that they are better and high-quality. Carefully search for other options in several stores and compare prices – one may find a good fixture at a lower price. A person should also take note of the manufacturer of these fixtures because reputable manufacturers are credible and are already known in the industry for their high-quality fixtures and better after sales service. This will guarantee that those fixtures will last for decades.

When Purchasing a Bathtub

When planning to buy a bathtub, consider first the size of the bathroom. Make sure there will be sufficient space for the tub. There are several styles to choose from. There are old-type enamel cast-iron bathtubs, molded plastic bathtubs, enamel steel bathtubs and fiberglass bathtubs. It comes in different colors, shapes, and sizes to fit every bathroom designs. These range from $100 to $1,000 depending on the style, so check the budget too. Toilets, on the other hand do not necessarily need to be too classy. It should be practical and comfortable. Newly available toilets have higher capabilities of water used per flush. Some even have a toilet system with two flush buttons, one for removal of solid waste and the other for liquids.

Other plumbing fixtures like bathroom faucets must be rust-free and durable and should last for many years without dripping. These parts – faucets, tubs, sinks, and toilets are just a small part of kitchens and bathrooms. But giving attention to these parts of the house for a home improvement project will definitely produce better and satisfying results – a quality and comfortable home.

Clogged Pipes? Here’s how to Fix it!

Part of remodel planning for any room in your Oklahoma City home that has pipes and faucets is to determine whether you have clogged pipes that need to be cleaned or replaced.  Pipes can collect mineral build-up or rust over time. In some cases, this corrosion or mineral build-up can reduce the interior size of the pipe by half, restricting water flow.  If this is the case, you probably should replace these pipes as part of your remodeling project. It will cost less to do all of the needed work on a room at once. It also makes a world of sense to fix the pipes before you install new Oklahoma City plumbing fixtures, cabinets and flooring.

So how do you know if you have clogged pipes?  The best way to make a preliminary decision is to evaluate the flow of water through your pipes and out the faucets.  It is not unusual for homeowners to confuse water pressure and water flow.  The water pressure should be consistent in all parts of your house.  Water pressure should also be the same in your home as in other homes around you.  Water pressure should also be the same at all times of the day and night.  It is the flow of water through the pipes that is affected by corrosion or mineral build-up inside the pipes.

Check the flow of water – the amount of water coming out of the faucets – in several parts of the house.  This should be the same, for example, in all faucets in the house.  If you find that the flow of water from a specific faucet is less than other faucets, you need to do some further investigation.  If you have noticed that the flow of water through faucets in your neighbors’ homes is much greater than yours, you should do further investigation on your Oklahoma City plumbing system.

Without adequate water flow – no matter what the water pressure – whirlpool tubs, spa showers, and even toilets will not work properly.  It is important then to check the pipes before your install new plumbing fixtures.

If you will replace pipes, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Plastic pipe is usually easier to work with than metal pipe
  • PVC pipe can only be used for cold water. Be sure the PVC pipe you choose is approved for drinking water, if appropriate
  • ABS pipe can be connected to several kinds of metal pipe, but is used mainly in bathrooms for waste removal and drains.
  • PEX can carry both hot and cold water, and is a good choice for interiors
  • CPVC is mainly used for hot water; it is a good substitute for copper pipe.
  • Galvanized steel was used for water supply lines, but it is susceptible to corrosion and mineral deposits. This might be what you are replacing

Clogged pipes cause reduced flow of water into and through faucets, shower heads, etc. Replacing old, clogged pipes will increase water flow in general. It will also improve the working of dishwashers, washing machines, spa showers, whirlpool tubs, and more. The most cost efficient time to replace clogged pipes is during a remodel.