The Essential Guide to a Perfect Bathroom Renovation

The Essential Guide to a Perfect Bathroom Renovation

Are you thinking of renovating your bathroom but not quite sure where to start? This essential guide will show you the exact steps to re-designing your bathroom like a pro. If your bathroom has started to show wear and tear, it’s definitely time for a makeover.

A modern functional bathroom, not only looks great but it adds value to your property. New fixtures and fittings save you money by eliminating water wastage and fixing struggling systems that may be eating up power. Here are some top tips for a perfect bathroom renovation.

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Take Time to Research

Firstly, have a think of your main objectives for renovating. Do you need more space? Are fixtures and fittings starting to fail? Is the plumbing constantly breaking down? Is the design of your bathroom old and you want a modern upgrade? There are many reasons to renovate a bathroom and having an idea of your exact needs will help you plan the way forward.

Have a look around at latest bathroom trends. There is much inspiration online for bathroom renovations of varying style and cost.

Plan Your Budget

Unless you have an unlimited budget, it’s likely you’ll need to keep a close eye on the purse strings. Depending on the size and quality of materials you want for your new bathroom, cost can vary from $5,000 up to $20,000 plus. Allow 20% on top of your bathroom budget, to allow for any problems that may arise like damp or termites for example.

Design and Storage Needs

Do you have a new baby in the family and need more bathroom space? Or is your bathroom small and cramped and you want extra storage? Either way, you need to plan your design and storage needs. Have a think about lights, tiling, windows, fixtures and fittings and how you want them to look. Classic and contemporary styles are a good bet that will stand the test of time.

Measure Available Space

Before you talk with a renovation team, it’s a good idea to know what available space you have yourself. Measure walls, floor space and windows so you can accurately plan what new fittings you’d like. Remember, changing the positioning of plumbing fittings will increase your costs significantly.

Talk to Renovation Plumbers

Once you’ve outlined your bathroom renovation plan, you’ll need to talk to a professional team like renovation plumbers, a tiler and decorater and an electrician. Always check that each tradesperson is highly qualified and licensed with the relevant government authorities.

AJP Plumbing are expert renovation plumbers with 20 years’ hands-on experience. All work is quality guaranteed so you can be sure you are protected. Contact us anytime for a free, no-obligation quote.

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5 Common Causes and Solutions for Noisy Pipes

5 Common Causes and Solutions for Noisy Pipes

If your pipes have started to go bump in the night, or at any time, it can be a little worrying. It is actually quite a common occurrence, especially in older homes. While you might be feeling very worried imagining an expensive plumbing bill or a burst pipe occurring, often noisy pipes are not a cause for concern.

After a little investigation of your piping system, you may find you can deal with the situation yourself. Or worst case, you’ll have to call out your local Queensland plumber for an inspection. Let’s take a look at common causes and solutions for those annoying clunky pipes.

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Copper Pipework

Many homes contain pipework that is made from copper. While it’s a durable metal, it is known to expand and contract with extremes of temperature. If your pipes start to get noisy after you use hot water, this may point to copper pipework being the problem. While the noises may be alarming, copper pipework expanding and rubbing against other structures, isn’t a cause for concern as they are designed to handle this.

Loose Fittings

As water flows through the pipes of your home, the pressure could have caused brackets to come loose, which could be making the noise. Or maybe your pipework was never fitted correctly in the beginning. Either way, loose pipework needs to be fixed before it potentially bursts. If you find loose connections or worn out fixtures, replace them if you feel comfortable. When the loose fitting is out of reach or you are not great at DIY, call in your local expert plumbers for help.

Water Hammering

If you’re hearing thuds and bangs from your pipework, this could point to water hammering. Water taps have protection systems in the form air chambers. These are placed near the taps and work as a cushioning system, preventing water crashing into the pipes. When the air in the cushioning system is lost, this can cause the loud thuds and bangs (water hammers). Fix your water hammering problem by;

Debris Build Up

Over time, debris can build up in your piping system and start to flow through the pipes. This can wear down pipes and start to cause noisy sounds like rattling, clinking or scraping. Call out your local Queensland plumber to assist you with this issue.

High Water Pressure

If your water pressure is set too high, this could be a cause of noisy pipes when water crashes forcefully. This is a problem that needs to be dealt with, otherwise pipes can be overworked and eventually damaged. Check your water pressure at the boiler, which should sit between 1 to 1.5 bar. If you don’t have a meter to check or cannot find it, ask your plumber for help.

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