Designing a Bathroom: 3 Tips from Plumbers

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Yes, a lot of thought should go into designing your bathroom. After all, it’s where you start and end your day. You want a space that’s as functional as it is beautiful and so it’s a good idea to heed the advice of a professional. 

Here are 3 tips from professional plumbers for you to consider for your bathroom. 

Proper Ventilation

You want to be sure that your bathroom is at the very least adequately ventilated if you’re going to avoid moisture accumulation. Excessive moisture often leads to mold and mildew growth, which means potential damage to surfaces and health risks that you don’t want. 

It’s a good idea to have an exhaust fan installed and if you don’t want to manually control ventilation, opt for smart exhaust fans with humidity sensors as they automatically adjust their speed based on moisture levels.

Or, you could get a ventilation system integration where instead of standalone fans you integrate the bathroom exhaust fan with the home’s overall ventilation system for better air circulation overall.

Factor in the specifications of your bathroom – such as installing a 70 CFM exhaust fan in a medium-sized bathroom for more efficient air circulation in a way that generally prevents condensation on surfaces and minimizes the chances of mold.

Water-Efficient Fixtures

Because of factors like shared responsibility, you want to contribute to environmental conservation by reducing water consumption and water-efficient fixtures often mean this. Plus lower utility bills for long-term cost savings.

So, choose low-flow toilets and faucets according to your preferences. For example, if you’d rather customize your water usage, selecting a dual-flush toilet with adjustable settings is a good idea. 

Also, explore aerator options for faucets. For example, instead of fixed flow rates, why not faucets with interchangeable aerators for flexibility? 

A good rule of thumb is to select a dual flush toilet with a low-flow option offering a 0.8 gallons per flush (GPF) setting for liquid waste and a 1.6 GPF setting for solid waste. For faucets, models with aerators designed for a flow rate of 1.5 gallons per minute (GPM) or less are generally a good idea. 

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Accessible Plumbing

Easy access to plumbing components means simplified maintenance tasks and repairs so that often valuable time is saved for both homeowners and plumbers.

First, be strategic with your layout design. Say you want easy entry points for plumbing maintenance without disrupting aesthetics, integrate access panels strategically. Then, instead of rigid materials, why not prioritize flexible piping systems for easier adjustments and repairs? 

For example, specifically pick out decorative sink cabinets with removable panels that allow for convenient access to plumbing as well as flexible PEX piping that’ll ultimately mean easier maintenance and repairs. 

A bathroom is an integral part of any home and so it’s bound to need maintenance. Make things easier for yourself, plumbers, and repairmen with these handy bathroom design tips.

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