With spring right around the corner, you might be starting to think about your next home improvement project. If you’re renovating a kitchen or bathroom, then odds are you’ll need to bring in a plumber. Here are some ways you to keep your plumbing costs as low as possible while still getting the end result you want.
Have a plan and stick to it
Nothing breaks the budget faster than having work done, changing your mind about the design, and then having to start over from square one. Talk with everyone involved in your project – both family members and contractors – to make sure everyone agrees on the plan before starting any work.
Don’t change the plumbing footprint
It may be tempting to move a sink or dishwasher to a different part of the kitchen, or change the layout of the tub, sink, and toilet in the bathroom. But altering the footprint of the plumbing system can involve more materials and extra labor to relocate water lines, sewer pipes, and vent stacks. And that all adds up to a higher price tag.
If changing the plumbing footprint is a must-have for your renovation, look for other ways to cut down on expenses to stick to your overall budget.
Schedule for a renovation, not an emergency
As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When it comes to plumbing, paying for emergency services (such as a pipe burst or clogged drain) are going to be more expensive than a scheduled plumbing renovation. So if you’re considering putting off plumbing upgrades now to save a few bucks, consider the long-term cost and whether it’s work the risk.
Use PEX instead of copper pipes
Made of rigid plastic, PEX is cheaper to purchase and install than traditional copper pipes. Depending on how much plumbing is involved in your renovation, this can mean a significant savings.
In addition to being more cost-effective, PEX is also more resistant to corrosion and freezing than copper. There are still some advantages to copper pipes, so talk with your plumbing about the pros and cons of each material before making a final decision.
If you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty, you can find ways to keep some extra cash in your pocket. For example, by pulling up old floors and removing walls, you can reduce some of the manual labor so the plumber can focus their time and energy on their specialty.
Choosing a dependable plumbing is important for ensuring a successful home renovation you’ll enjoy for years to come. If you live in the Murrieta or Winchester area, give Liberty Plumbing a call at (951) 760-4215. We’re happy to provide an estimate and discuss ways to keep plumbing costs comfortably within your budget.