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Space Saving Plumbing Tips for your Bathroom

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Don’t let your small bathroom limit your creativity during a remodel. Maximize your bathroom area with these space saving plumbing tips during the design phase of your project. While it’s possible that most folks would enjoy a roman tub complete with separate shower, many bathrooms simply do not have the room to accommodate such luxuries. When space is limited, you can design your new bathroom to utilize space-saving fixtures and plumbing techniques that can project a larger bathroom area.

Pedestal Sinks

While a sink complete with vanity cabinet provides additional bathroom storage, it can really eat up floor space, which shrinks the overall appearance of the area. Pedestal sinks are an ideal way to increase floor area, which in turn makes your bathroom appear larger. The beautiful fixtures are available in a wide variety of styles and colors that fit most decors.

Tiny Corner Sinks

Small living is on the rise and manufacturers have taken notice. Today, many styles of small bathroom corner sinks are available that require less space versus traditional sinks. A corner sink is just that, a sink that mounts in the corner of the bathroom, using less space, which increases overall bathroom area.

Standing Shower

If you are a person who prefers to shower versus bathing, why not ditch the bathtub and install a standing shower? You can utilize the entire bathtub footprint for your new shower or use only a portion of it. The remaining space can be converted into storage or additional floor space.

Tub-Shower Combos

If you must have both a bathtub and shower, you might consider a tub-shower combo. Most people are familiar with a tub and shower combo since they were very common in homes built during the 70’s and early 80’s. Simply put, the practice maximized space but still provided both a tub and shower. A tub-shower combo is very practical for families with small children when a tub is almost a necessity.

Recessed Medicine Cabinets and Fixtures

You can create additional space by using recessed medicine cabinets and fixtures in your new bathroom. A recessed medicine cabinet—sometimes referred to as a flush mount—is a unit that installs within the wall cavity between two studs. Since the bulk of its storage area lies within the wall, your bathroom will appear larger and less cluttered. Other types of recessed bathroom fixtures you might consider are toilet paper dispensers, toothbrush holders and even recessed soap dishes.

For answers to your questions and more plumbing tips, contact The Pink Plumber today.

Top Plumbing Tips for the Winter Months

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Cold weather brings with it challenges for your home’s plumbing. Harsh weather conditions that include freezing temperatures can be hard on pipes and cause conditions that threaten the integrity of your home. Use these plumbing tips to protect pipes and minimize cold weather plumbing troubles.

Watch for Signs of Frozen Pipes

A potentially disastrous situation in the winter months is frozen pipes. If water freezes in your home’s pipes, it can expand and crack them, causing leaks. It is the pipes in elevated locations, such as crawl spaces, that are the most vulnerable and can create the most water damage to your home.

Signs of frozen pipes include reduced water pressure and leaks. At the first sign of potentially frozen pipes, contact The Pink Plumber to assess the situation and perform necessary preventative maintenance. A qualified plumber will determine if there are frozen pipes and deal with the issue before damage can occur. The professional will also ensure that pipes are insulated with foam padding sleeves or insulating tape and will check to ensure that any exposed pipes are near heat sources. They will also examine pipes for ice or frost accumulation and cracking.

You can help prevent frozen pipes by running water from every valve in your house on a daily basis and letting faucets drip during especially cold water. Maintaining an indoor temperature above 55 degrees Fahrenheit will also help prevent frozen pipes.

Winterize Outdoor Faucets

Have a plumbing professional prepare outdoor spigots and hoses for the winter months, which will prevent them from freezing and bursting and flooding the interior of your home. A plumber will detach garden hoses and drain any water from the system, then shut off the valve on the pipes that lead to the spigots and install an insulated faucet jacket. Doing this prevents these pipes from bursting and flooding the interior of your home.

Treat Drains with Care

Minimize the strain on pipes and drains during the winter months by being careful to avoid clogs. In the kitchen, don’t put grease and oils down the drain, as they are more likely to clog the plumbing system during cold weather. Discard oil and grease in the trash, instead. Avoid overloading the garbage disposal with hard-to-chop items, and always run cold water through the disposal prior and after use. Run the dishwasher and washer during the early morning or at night when the system is not working at capacity.

In order to prevent winter weather plumbing problems from happening in the first place, schedule a maintenance visit. For more winter weather plumbing tips and for service, contact The Pink Plumber today.

6 Summer Plumbing Tips

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Need summer plumbing tips to keep you out of hot water? Neglecting your plumbing system leads to leaky pipes, costly water bills and perhaps even water damage to your home. Stay ahead of the maintenance game this summer by employing these tips:

  1. Heading out of town? Remember to shut off the home’s main water supply valve. The chances are small, but if a pipe were to burst while you were away, you’d come home to a very hefty water bill and significant water damage. Be sure that you also turn off the water heater, as even in vacation mode, the system will cycle on. With no water flowing to the unit, the chances of fire increases, along with damage to the system itself.
  2. Too much rain? Remember that your sewer line can back up when there’s a deluge of rain. Sewer lines with small cracks are particularly vulnerable, allowing the force of rainwater to infiltrate the pipes. A fresh supply of water also means tree roots are thriving. Tree roots and sewer pipes don’t mix. It’s important to ensure that you schedule regular maintenance in the summer and have a professional take a look at the pipe’s condition using a drain camera.
  3. Running the garbage disposal? In summer, this handy unit often works in overdrive, grinding up veggies and other food scraps as you prepare barbecues and other summertime meals. Avoid putting fibrous foods down the drain, as well as egg shells, oils and fats. Run the cold water for a few seconds before starting the disposal, and keep the water running until the disposal completely shuts off.
  4. Washing clothes? Keep in mind that the clothes washer often gets used more frequently, as your family changes clothes more often, you wash swimming and beach towels or you launder curtains and small areas rugs. Keep an eye on the hoses, and make sure they aren’t kinked. You should also have new hoses installed every three years or so.
  5. Have you checked the gutters? One of the best ways to avoid water in the basement involves keeping water moving away from the home’s foundation. When gutters are full or downspouts aren’t in the right place, water will seep into the ground next to the foundation and cause problems.
  6. Using more water? This is a common occurrence in the summer, with sprinklers running and outdoor plants and landscaping needing water. Scheduling a regular maintenance appointment with your plumber ensures that all of your plumbing systems are operating efficiently. A check-up also helps you avoid burst pipes and costly leaks, as the plumber can identify potential problems early on.

Use these summer plumbing tips to get the most of out the season, avoid costly water bills and prevent damage to your home. For answers to your plumbing questions and concerns, contact the Pink Plumber today.

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