An important type of plumbing service you may need is help with making your bathroom more senior-friendly. You might be approaching your retirement years, or you might be adding a bathroom for an elderly parent. Making a bathroom senior-friendly may involve installing a new tub, sink, toilet, or shower. Here's a look at how a plumber can help with your bathroom renovation.
Plan The Design To Save Money And Follow Codes
Before you undertake a bathroom addition project, you need to design the layout and plan the steps down to the last detail. Since you may need to move around plumbing lines and drains, it's important to get help from a plumber during this phase of your renovation. Bringing in a plumber early could save money by preventing the need to open a wall after you've already put a new wall up.
A plumber can help you position things like a toilet or new shower so they hook into existing lines to control costs. Another thing to consider is that everything has to be done according to local codes, and that includes things like how far from the wall a toilet has to be placed.
Do The Heavy Labor
While you might want to do most of the renovation yourself, removing and installing a toilet and bathtub is difficult work that you might appreciate leaving to a plumber. Besides the heavy labor involved, there are technical considerations for connecting a walk-in tub or roll-in shower. You want your new bathroom to be safe, and there are things you might not consider that a plumber does automatically.
Recommend Senior-Friendly Features
You might get ideas for your bathroom renovation by searching the internet or by visiting a plumbing showroom, but a plumber is also a good resource for learning about senior-friendly plumbing features. Plumbers work in the field and keep up with the latest advances in plumbing, so your plumber might recommend things like automatic faucets, a small tankless water heater for the bathroom, or toilet features that help someone with limited mobility.
A plumber can even help with meeting ADA requirements for wheelchairs. While it may not be necessary to meet the requirements in your private home, renovating your home to meet them will ensure you or your parent can navigate the bathroom well if you need to use a wheelchair at some point. This might include ensuring the bathtub, sink, and toilet are spaced properly and of the best height for someone in a wheelchair, but that can also be used by someone standing. For additional information, contact a plumbing service.