When a home remodeling is taking place, a lot of people assume that toilet and kitchen fixtures can’t be removed. They tend to remodel the home to fit the position of the plumbing. It’s because they aren’t aware of the fact that the plumbing can be moved. If you want the position of your kitchen sink to change, it can be done!
Previously, gas pipes were always fixed black iron pipes. But now plumbers have as much flexibility as electricians running flexible electric cables. Gas lines and other plumbing options are now flexible allowing for your home to be remodeled as you like. Now, plumbing fittings can be changed without any damage to your home. But not every plumber can do this. There are only a few plumbers who are certified and authorized by the manufacturers to install their products.
Hire a professional plumber if you wish to change the positioning of the plumbing in your home. The plumbing system is an intricate one. It is like a jigsaw puzzle where every piece must fit together to work properly. So, you need to hire an experienced plumber who really knows what he is doing. With a professional, you won’t run into any problem.
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Steps on Rerouting the Plumbing of your Bathroom
Find a bathroom configuration that will fit well with the drainage system of your home.
Find out of any disadvantages of the fixture. Your local building code should be checked first. You need to allow a lot of space on every side of your major fixtures.
New access panels should be provided. Bathtub or shower plumbing have different access panels from kitchen and toilet plumbing. For example, the plumbing of your sink can be accessed from the cabinet below and the plumbing of your toilet can be accessed by lifting the toilet from the floor range.
The water supply should be turned off before starting. In some older homes, there’s a need to head outside and turn off the meter. Remove every bathroom plumbing fixture and disconnect all drains and water feeds. All old water feeds should be capped and sealed.
Install the new water feeds for your bathroom.
Ensure your drains are well sloped so water can flow well out of them. A waste drain slope should be at least a fall of a quarter inch for every four feet of linear drainpipe. Never use a slope with more than the recommended grade. If you do so, you stand the risk of letting liquid waste out-running solid waste in the pipe.
Before placing the fixtures, pressurize the new water feeds. Cap the drains and cap off the ends of the cold and hot water tubing. Allow the pipes to fill with pressurized water by turning on the water source. Let the pipes pressurize for some hours and check for any leak. After this, place the fixtures and install all fittings.
Connect the new appliances, drains and water feeds. When installing the taps, ensure the cold and hot feeds are correctly placed. Ensure there is no leakage around the taps and readjust the taps as needed.
So can plumbing be moved? As you can see, the answer is yes. With the help of an expert plumber, you’re good to go.