Remodeling your home – what should be done with the plumbing?

Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom can substantially improve your home. But what really needs to be done with the plumbing? The answer really comes down to age and quality of the existing pipes. Have your plumber do a complete inspection, especially during the actual demolition time. This is your opportunity to inspect the original plumbing work and determine what should be replaced. It is far easier and less expensive to replace plumbing when the access is open.

Valves often are a point of build up for corrosion and calcium deposits, it’s a good idea to make sure all of these are replaced. It’s not worth saving a few dollars on parts when labor and installation are far more expensive. This is not a time to skimp on hardware. A leak in a difficult to reach area can cause far more damage than the cost of the part to insure that doesn’t happen.

Older galvanized pipe, and early plastic fittings are not as dependable as the newer fittings now available. Newer style valves fail far less often than the older models, so this is definitely a great time to get you home updated. Home inspectors will easily note the upgrades and this often helps at the time of re-sale.

Cooper Plumbing can go through your home and show you what items should be updated and which items can be kept. A complete itemized list can help with budgeting that remodel plan so don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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