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Top Plumbing Tips When Renovating Your Bathroom to Avoid Blocked Drain

If you are considering on getting your bathroom renovated or making a completely new one in a different home, there are a lot of things to bear in mind while doing so.  A common mistake that most people make when doing their bathroom is not paying enough attention to the plumbing, which eventually results in problems like blocked drains.

Renovating Your Bathroom
Renovating Your Bathroom

The idea of having an ideal drain in the bathroom is to ensure that you get all of that extra water out. However, it should also serve the cause of trapping all the unwanted objects in the water too  such as your hair, wet tissues or bits of toilet rolls. In some cases people don’t even realize that they have disposed or left bits of plastic from their shampoo cap or other cosmetics. All these result in clogging the drain leading to blocked drains. So here are some basic rules that would help you in minimizing this effort and provide cleaner and clearer drains.

Placement of the drain

Ideally the process should start off with viewing the plan or layout of the bathroom. One of the most common mistakes we make is to have the drain pipe right beneath the shower head. It is advisable to not place your drain right beneath your shower head as it increases the chances of trapping all of the hair and other waste materials thereby increasing your chance of blocked drains. In case you are in doubt about the placement of the drain, consult with a few architects while making or building a house.

Not taking rough-in measurements of toilet

When you are ordering a toilet  do remember that you should ideally get a rough in-measurement of the distance that exists between your toilets bolt caps from the floor to that finished wall. In countries like U.S, it is about 12 inches. But the problem is that a lot of places usually mess around with this and keep it between 10-14 inches. What happens here is that if you go for something too small it won’t fit. This also creates an issue with drainage that eventually leads to blocked drains.

Not venting bathroom drains

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bathroom renovation

Another common issue faced by households or commercial establishments is that the bathroom drains are often not vented rightly. This means that there is going to be a higher problem of the pipe or drain getting clogged. This is usually seen in the S-trap type drains that are not vented properly. The lack of proper venting here means that these traps are going to continue to get dry. The dryer they get, the less they are able to function or create a barrier that prevents obstructions from entering the pipe area. In some cases, it also allows a lot of harmful chemicals to seep through the drain, which along with blocked drains is a potential threat.

Wrong sloping

It is important to make sure that when the bathrooms are constructed the sloping of the floor is in tandem with the drains. In case the sloping is incorrect the water may not reach the drains completely and start clogging elsewhere resulting in seepage. Incorrect sloping may result in a lot of the products or obstructions just hitting the drain too directly in turn leading to over-clogging. The sloping should be ideally 1/4th inch per feet to allow drainage of water but provide slower seepage of other items like hair or paper. So though the water passes through easily, these items take longer to reach or get stuck in the floor itself.

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