If you’re knee-deep in a bathroom remodeling project, congratulations! There are few homeowner improvements as exciting as tearing out rusted, water-stained fixtures, broken tiles, and old toilets and reconfiguring the space to your design needs. A full gut-renovation also offers a rare opportunity to take a hard look at the plumbing behind your walls. Before you lay tile, check out these five plumbing issues in order to ensure that your new bathroom will stay problem-free.
With the walls open and piping exposed, the first thing to check is the status of your plumbing. Consider whether it’s time to pull out ancient cast iron pipes, failing galvanized pipes, copper pipes exhibiting pinhole corrosion, or even just replace crusty joints. A slow, small leak left undetected can cause immense amounts of damage long before your new Italian marble tiles start buckling.