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Bathroom Remodeling

Bathroom Remodeling

Bathroom Remodeling

 Luxury bathroom remodeling has become a growing in a trend, and it is getting stronger each day. These days an average priced home is getting the taste of luxury spa-like bathrooms projects. Bathroom remodeling along with kitchen remodeling gets the highest investment return at resale. In the hot housing markets kitchen remodel or bath remodel is a sure-fire investment, often returning more than 100 percent of the cost. In Toronto, for instance, a $8,400 bathroom remodel could recouped up to 150% of its cost at resale. The markets in Vancouver, Montreal, Alberta, GTA, and other major cities of Canada also can offer higher returns on a bathroom remodel and kitchen remodeling.

If you decided to remodel your bathroom, there are several tips that you might want to consider to help you achieve luxurious look in your high end bathroom.

Would you like to have five-star hotel-like spa in your home bathroom? It is possible! Now, you can choose to have rain jets, whirlpools, steam showers, home saunas, and even Jacuzzis into your bathroom. Manufacturers of bathroom spa products are continually revolutionizing them to make them ideal for home use with added functionalities like remote control, CD players and even plasma TVs.

Your flooring, lighting, and walls are the keys to achieve a soothing and relaxing ambiance. Natural stones like Onyx, Marble and Granite are great in achieving that high end look and luxurious warmth in your bathroom remodeling and can last the test of time. For your walls the texture and colors will be determined by what mood you want to set and your personal taste. Wallpapering, painting or a combination of both would work well. Lighting is another essential factor that adds up to the ambiance. Brilliance is important in areas where important tasks will be done. For optimal grooming, avoid unflattering shadows through proper fixture placement. Special effect lightings can also be availed of like chromatherapy.

Contemporary designs in additional fixtures like faucets and other surfaces such as countertops also play an important part in your high end bathroom remodeling project. Pressure-assisted toilets and green models of faucets not only can be availed in the most stylish designs but also help in minimizing costs and water wastage. Vanities are also taking center stage coming in varying designs and functionalities.

Toronto Bathroom Plumbing articles.


Frozen Pipes

Frozen water pipes are a serious risk during extremely cold weather. Frozen in the pipe water will put pressure over 500 kilograms per square inch. This pressure is enough to rip apart any pipe.

Risky Locations:

  • Outside walls
  • Outside garden hoses and hose taps
  • Under a sink on an outside wall
  • In an unheated crawlspace

Taking a few simple precaution steps homeowner can avoid the problem and save money.

  • Insulate your pipes
  • Make sure “risky” faucets are in use constantly
  • Secure crawl space openings
  • Remove outside garden hoses and open hose taps to allow water to drain.

Call a qualified plumber if pipes burst or if immediate repairs are needed.

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Pipes. Plumbing systems.

Plumbing systems include three basic elements: supply, drainage and venting.

The supply system brings the water into building. The water system can be a municipality asset or a building asset. The demarcation point of the responsibility is at the water meter. The pipes outside the house up to the water meter are local the responsibility of the municipality, with one exception: the main shutoff valve. The main shutoff valve, even if located before the water meter, belongs to the building. It is good practise to keep the valve in working condition. In case of an emergency, quickly shutting off the water supply can prevent damage to the house. Each family member should know the location of the main shutoff valve. From the water meter, pipes supply water to the water heater as well as to all plumbing fixtures such as toilets, tubs, sinks, showers and to home appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machine, ice makers. Having additional emergency shutoff valves for each of plumbing fixture and home appliance makes maintenance and repair much easier.

Today’s market offers many types of water pipes:

Copper pipes – rigid or soft – for cold and hot water lines and for DWV (Drain-West-Vent).
Galvanized steel pipes – for water supply lines.
Plastic PB – for cold and hot water supply lines.
Plastic PVC – for cold water supply lines.
Plastic CPVC – for cold and hot water supply lines.
Plastic PE – mostly used for irrigation systems.
Plastic PEX – for hot and cold water lines.
The drain and vent (DWV drain-waste-vent) are an integrated system. The vent system provides air to the drainage system. Drainage lines come out of house under ground and vents lines come out of the house through the roof.

Materials used for DWV (Drain-West-Vent):

Plastic ABS
Cast Iron


DIY Plumbing Tips

DIY Plumbing

Plumbing tips

  • Turn off the water source to the area you’re working on. (Turn right to tighten, left to loosen.)
  • When taking something apart, lay its parts down in the order you took them out. When purchasing replacement pieces, take the old part with you to the store.
  • When working in the tub or sink, close off the drain with tape so nothing accidentally falls in.
  • Stock your bathroom-specific toolkit with the following: a large and a small multi-head screwdriver (or a set of Allen keys instead of the small one), two adjustable wrenches, a plunger, a plumber’s wrench, a bucket, and rags and towels.

Do-it-yourself Plumbing tips for your top five troubles with a Plumbing.  

Leaking Toilet  

WHY does your Toilet Leak?  

  • The flapper is corroded or damaged, the fill valve is broken, or the chain is too long or too short.

How to fix your Leaking Toilet?  

  • If the toilet flush arm chain only has one inch of extra chain, unhook and adjust it.
  • Check that the rubber flapper (connected to the same chain) is covering the hole where the water comes in. If it isn’t, attach it firmly in place. If it is in place, unclip it and check for erosion or damage. Replace the flapper if it’s damaged.
  • If the water level is higher or much lower that the water level line on the inside of the toilet, you’ll need to adjust the fill valve (on more modern toilets) or the float arm. When adjusting a modern ball-less fill valve, look for a vertical arm just off of the main body of the fill valve. Either squeeze the clip to move the arm up or down, or use a screwdriver to loosen and adjust the bar. When working with a float arm that has a ball, gently bend the arm to adjust it into place.

Leaking Faucet  

WHY does your Faucet Leak?  

  • With time, age, and use, the washer or o-ring eventually needs to be replaced.

How to fix your Leaking Faucet?  

  • Remove the caps on the faucet to reveal the screws. Tighten the screws slightly.
  • If the faucet is still leaking, take it apart. (See the tips below.)
  • Look for any parts that are damaged. (The washers or o-rings may need to be replaced.)
  • Take any damaged parts to the hardware store to pick up an exact replacement.
  • Reassemble the faucet with the new part(s).

Clogged Drain  

WHY does your Drain get clogged?  

  • Too much matter is stuck in the pipes

How to fix your Clogged Drain?  

  • Remove any surface clogging such as hair from a sink or tub.
  • Make sure there’s a bit of water in the sink, tub, or toilet to act as a lubricant.
  • Plunge the drain rapidly about 50 times without stopping.
  • If the drain is still clogged, feed a plumbing snake down the drain to break up the blockage.

Mold on the Silicone  

WHY do you get Mold on the Silicone?  

  • An abundance of water and not enough ventilation

How to get rid of Mold on the Silicone?  

  • To remove the old silicone, slice along the top and bottom of it with a knife, then scrape it out using a razor scraper held at a 30-degree angle.
  • Wipe any extra moisture that may have been under the silicone. (The area needs to be bone dry for best results.)
  • Apply silicone in long, unbroken lines. Immediately after applying the silicone, moisten your pointer finger in a cup of water and run your finger along the line of silicone with a light pressure. (If the silicone spreads or clumps too much, wipe your finger on a wet rag, then dip your finger in water again and continue from 2 inches behind where you stopped.)
  • Wipe any excess silicone with a wet cloth right away.
  • Allow the silicone to cure for 48 hours by keeping the area dry.
  • Keep in mind:
  • Keep the area dry for at least 24 hours beforehand
  • Use only kitchen- or bath-rated silicone (avoid caulking)

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