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When it comes to plumbing, the bathroom is often one of the most important rooms in the house. The average persons spends about 1 1/2 years in the bathroom during their lifetime. That's why it's essential to have pipes that constantly function correctly. Whether you're unclogging a drain or installing a new fixture for your dream renovation, we'll be there for you at every step.
Understanding The Different Parts Of Your Bathroom
Let's start with the most important fixture. A bathroom plumbing layout drawing quickly reveals that a toilet is much more than a seat and a lever. Within the tank atop the seat, there are a lot of levers and valves. So, let's start there.
Within the tank, you have your external tank lever which leads to a fill valve. The job of the fill valve is to refill the tank after it's been flushed. If this valve starts to see a lot of wear and tear, it can create a leak and have a domino effect on some of the other moving parts within the tank.
Next up, we have the flush valve. This is located in the center of the tank. It includes an overflow tube, the hole that allows water to enter the bowl whenever it's flushed, and a rubber ball (or flapper) that covers the hole when the tank is full.
When the flush valve goes kaput, the tank can no longer hold water because the seal which holds the water in the tank has been broken. This creates a leak in the tank. It's that pesky sound of water that never seems to stop running.
So, when the flush valve is acting up, you can first try replacing the rubber ball or flapper. Or, it might be time for a new flush valve. Ultimately, a fresh and new valve will help you conserve water.
At the base, you'll find a flapper seal. This brings us back to that pesky sound of running water. If you've ever heard a toilet that sounds like it's refilling too often or steadily hissing out water, there may be a faulty flapper.
You may also hear the flapper seal referred to as the flush valve seal. It's simply the plug that presses up against the drain hole on the bottom of the tank.
Sometimes, people replace the flapper seal, hoping it'll stop the sound of running water. But, if that doesn't seem to be the solution, then it's likely the flush valve seal that's the culprit. This component can become pitted over time.
We can't leave off without mentioning the mounting hardware. Although we consider them to be one unit, the tank can actually separate from the bowl. So, it's important to secure the connection with proper mounting hardware.
While the mounting hardware is integral to a secure connection between the tank and the bowl, there's also an important gasket. Typically, it's just referred to as the tank to bowl gasket. To no surprise, this needs to be an airtight, secure connection.
At the base of the bowl, there's an internal wax ring and flange that leads to the sewer pipe. And, you guessed it; this needs to be another airtight, secure connection. Any little leak could create quite a fuss either in liquid or gaseous form.
You've also probably noticed little white caps at the base of a bowl. These are called mounting caps and they cover the mounting hardware that bolts the bowl to the floor (similar to the mounting hardware that links the tank to the bowl).
And there you have it. Something we use a few times a day - and probably take for granted - actually has a lot of moving parts. It's much more than stand and flush. All connections need to be secure like Fort Knox and it's a bit of a domino effect.
If the tank lever doesn't connect with the fill valve or the flush valve, things won't be movin' and groovin'. Likewise, if any of the mounting hardware isn't installed properly, things will go south pretty quickly. But, with secure connections, a well-installed toilet should give you years of stress-free visits to the throne room.
After a visit to the throne, where's the next place everyone heads? The sink, of course. This fine fellow has a similar number of moving parts.
First up, we have the faucet lever which turns things on and off. The lever connects to a dome which houses a cartridge that connects to a spout O ring. The spout O ring is about as thick as a sheet of cardstock but is integral to a secure connection.
The spout O ring connects to the faucet spout which has another O ring. At the end of the spout, there's a little O ring that connects to an aerator which delivers a mixture of water and air. Essentially, this helps prevent too much of a splash from developing.
Going back to the other side of the spout, back at the base of the sink, there's one more O ring that connects to the escutcheon, which is a fancy word for "flat piece of metal."
The basin is pretty straightforward. It's part of the reason why you can purchase practically any shape, style, or material for your basin. It can be glass, porcelain, marble, bronze, you name it.
Here, you have the basin and a drain. Nice and easy. But, on top of the drain, you can install a sink hole cover or a sink strainer.
A sink hole cover allows you to seal the drain and draw some water into the basin. This is, of course, great for face washing, shaving, and other daily routines.
But you can also install a sink strainer. If there are any ladies in the house, then, every time they brush their hair, there's a strong likelihood they'll brush a few strands down the drain. Over time, this creates one of those gag-worthy clogs that will need to be snaked out.
Much like a shower strainer, an ounce of prevention here will save everyone a lot of time hunched over a sink searching for lost hair (or even diamond rings).
Onto the final component of the bathroom. The shower and bathtub are where all our cares get washed away and relaxation sets in (unless there's a faulty flange or valve).
So, let's start at the top. First, you have your shower flange, which is that silver disk that lies flat against the wall. This leads to the shower arm which connects to the shower head.
Plumbers' tape was all but made for this scenario. A little strip on both ends of the shower arm is a time-old maneuver that provides a tiny bit of peace of mind.
Then, it's down to the faucet. Within the wall, there's a valve that releases the water. This connects to a cartridge which leads to the stop tube. So, the valve, cartridge, and stop tube are the major components that control the flow of water.
At the end of the stop tube, we have another handy escutcheon (a.k.a. flat piece of metal) which leads to the handle. Of course, when it's bath time, we also need to refer to the spout at the bottom of all this.
The tub spout connects to its own valve in the wall, pretty plain and simple. The spout will come with all the working parts to allow you to pull up the drain and fill the tub to your heart's content.
The final connecting piece is the drain or drain stop. This will pull up or down as needed. But, no matter what you do, be sure to invest in a little forward thinking and place a hair catch over the drain
Plumbing a Bathroom is Tough
Plumbing your bathroom may seem like a basic project to you, especially if it is replacing a toilet. Nonetheless, that's not generally the case and can potentially lead to thousands of dollars in repair costs.
Below are several of the nuisances that come with bathroom plumbing:
Washroom Plumbing Design Drawing
Before you begin your job, you'll need a bathroom plumbing layout drawing.
This will ensure that each fixture is positioned where it should be. For the pipes of your remodel to be effective, your shower, bathtub, sink, and toilet will need to be strategically positioned.
Similar to gas lines, employing a specialist will ensure that your layout matches the locations of your pipes.
How to Do Plumbing for your Toilet
Plumbing your toilet can become a messy job; I mean it is indeed connected to your sewer line.
Since your toilet is connected to sewer lines, it's best to have a professional take care of the toilet plumbing. If there's an unexpected barrier with the toilet plumbing, a plumber is better equipped to deal with it. They can easily take care of a problem that you may not be able to stomach!
Restroom Pipes Fixtures
Some restroom plumbing fixtures can be extremely difficult and heavy to pick up.
Your sink, bathtub, and even toilet may be extreme for one person to try to lift and maneuver.
Luckily, plumbers are prepared and used to lifting these heavy fixtures. If you try to lift the plumbing components, not only do you take the chance of dropping them and breaking the fixture, but you may also injury yourself.
Height of Plumbing Fixtures
While there isn't one universal measurement when it pertains to plumbing components, there is a particular distance that must be kept.
A plumber will understand the standard height of plumbing fixtures to keep them properly spaced out. For example, the drain lines and water supply lines should be lined up with the fixtures they'll be used for.
If these are misaligned, you'll spend a number of hours attempting to fix it.
Quite a few tools are essential for plumbing renovation in your restroom.
- Some of them are:
- Plumber's torch
- Thread-sealing tape
- Faucet key
- Snake machine
- Hand auger
Unless you do a lot of work at your house or if you are a plumber, you probably don't have these devices laying around. A professional will have all the tools needed to complete the job. Purchasing these tools would cost you more than hiring a professional; if you are planning to become a plumber then perhaps it makes sense to invest, if not, hire a plumber!
When it comes to bathroom renovations, there are a lot of decisions to make. From fixtures and finishes, to storage and layout, creating the perfect bathroom can be a challenge. With the help of our 1-800-Plumber +Air of Eastside Seattle, you can create a beautiful and functional bathroom that will stand the test of time. Our experienced plumbers have the skills and expertise to help you create a bathroom that meets all of your needs and expectations. From small updates and repairs to complete overhauls, our team can help bring your vision to life.
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