Are you a do-it-yourselfer who loves the idea of doing your entire kitchen or bathroom remodel by yourself (or with the help of a few friends)? We think it’s great to have that feeling of accomplishment after you’ve sanded, sawed, spackled, and painted a part of your home with little help. What’s not so great is the feeling of uncertainty after you’ve installed an important plumbing component without much experience.

Look, we’re all for DIY work when it comes to some things. But when remodeling involves any change to the plumbing, you’re going to need a professional plumber on the job. Unfortunately, we’ve seen a lot that can go wrong without it.

YOU MAY NOT GET THE HOME UP TO CODE

Local plumbers are just about guaranteed to have a pretty good grasp on local building codes. And getting your home up to code is important. When attempting a remodel on your own, you might end up with too little space between fixtures or inaccurate pipe slopes and other problems.

And that can really hurt you in the long run. When it comes time to sell your home, you might have a lot of trouble if an inspection reveals code violations. Besides, building codes are there for a reason! If you’re in violation, it may be due to improper drainage or a similar issue, and you’ll notice the repercussions.

IT’S PROBABLY MORE TROUBLE THAN IT’S WORTH

Look, in all honesty, do-it-yourself plumbing is probably more trouble than it is worth. There’s always the risk that something could go wrong.

  • Improper sealing could lead to leaks.
  • The wrong slope could mean improper drainage, frequent clogs, and possible backup.
  • You might experience reduced water pressure due to improper pipe installation.

And in this case, you’ll have to pay even more to fix the problem. To be honest, our plumbers end up fixing a lot of DIY mistakes. Is it really worth it?

PLUMBERS HAVE THE RIGHT MATERIALS

Why spend money on materials for a remodel when plumbers already have the right tools for the job? Sure, you’ll have to pay for any new fixtures or piping used, but at least you won’t have to pay for new plumbing tools that you’ll only use once! A good plumber keeps a fully-stocked truck and can finish installation of new plumbing components quickly.

YOU STILL HAVE THE FINAL SAY

Here’s the thing: hiring a plumber to help you out doesn’t mean you suddenly lose control of the project. A plumber can help you figure out which fixtures are the right fit for your bathroom or kitchen and whether or not something is up to code, but beyond that, you’re still in control of the project.

Hiring a plumbing contractor does not mean settling for less or missing out on a DIY opportunity. It means that you care enough about your home to make sure its plumbing components are in the right hands.

Hire a qualified plumber in Westwood, NJ for your next bathroom or kitchen plumbing remodeling job. Contact BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. today.

Remodeling your bathroom can be a very exciting prospect, increasing the utility and aesthetics of an important part of your home. Summer makes a great time to plan and schedule such an operation, because the weather rarely becomes a factor (unlike winter, when snow and cold complicate matters considerably). Proper planning with a trained plumber and contractor is essential regardless of the season, however. It lets you get a good idea of what is possible and spells out the specifics well before you start spending serious money on the project.

Every bathroom is different, and the specific goals of your remodeling project will be as unique as your space. Your contractor can help you nail down the details for your specific needs. There are a few general guidelines that can help you in the planning stages, however. Following them will help your project move smoothly and assist in obtaining the results you want.

1.     PRACTICALITY OVER AESTHETICS

Some bathroom remodeling projects are intended only to improve the aesthetics of the space, and if you’re trying to get rid of the avocado green 70s tiling on your bathroom counter, we can definitely relate. But in the effort to make your bathroom look better, it can be easy to overlook the fact that you’ll need to use it every day, along with all of the fixtures in it. A platform sink may look fantastic, but if it doesn’t leave you with any counter space to put your toiletries, it’s going to leave you and your family very frustrated. You can pursue purely aesthetic components, of course, but should always balance them against more practical concerns.

2.     SPACE MATTERS

Similarly, there is only so much you can fit into a given bathroom, no matter how creatively you arrange the various components. Make sure you always have enough space to make the bathroom comfortable. That includes things like leg room for the toilets, and sufficient space between multiple sinks for two or more people to use them comfortably. In some cases, that may mean dropping or modifying certain components in order to make the space function.

3.     PRIORITIZE

You might not be able to get everything you want into your new bathroom, either because of the factors detailed above, of because your budget simply can’t fit it. The best approach is to write down all of the things you want to see in your new bathroom, then rank the list in order of priority, from most desired to least desired. You and your plumber can go through the list and determine how many items on it can be met by the project. That way, when the time comes to perform the remodeling, there’s no question about what needs to be done, and no confusion about what’s involved: helping the operation proceed swiftly and effectively without wasting any money.

If you’re planning a bathroom remodeling project in the Dumont, NJ area and you need a reliable service, call on the friendly professionals at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. today!

A new baby is a wonderful addition to your Dumont, NJ home, and if you’re expecting or have recently delivered a child, allow us to extend our congratulations. It will obviously involve some huge changes to your lifestyle… and if you’re looking at the bathroom to your home, you may want to consider some renovations and upgrades to better accommodate your newest family member. Children will change and grow as they get older, and your  home — especially key locations like the bathroom — needs to change with it. If you’re interested in a remodeled bathroom to make that process easier, we have a few suggestions you should consider.

SURFACES

Slippery surfaces can be dangerous when it comes to new babies. You’ll have your hands full with bathing duties, tub duties and toilet training, among other things. You don’t want your child to slip and you don’t want to slip yourself. Look for surfaces with matte finishes or similar non-slip features.

SMOOTH EDGES

Harsh corners can be problematic for new babies, both on counter tops and on faucet fixtures. Look into fixtures that have smooth edges, and perhaps larger controls, so that your child  can safely use the faucets as he or she gets older.

LOWER IS BETTER

Things like towel rings and handles can be formally lowered, making it easier for your child to reach them when he or she comes of age. This is especially important in the shower or bathtub, allowing them to steady themselves when showering or bathing.

ELECTRICAL SAFETY

It goes without saying that you should use plugs and other safety measures on all electrical outlets in the home, For the bathroom, if  you haven’t done so already, look into installing ground fault circuit interrupters for all electrical outlets in the bathroom.

BZ Dependable is your go-to source for bathroom remodeling projects.

If you’re planning to remodel your bathroom, the possibilities can be intoxicating. You have the ability to fully transform your space into whatever you wish, and that includes key fixtures like your bathroom sink. You need to take care, however, to make sure that your pie-in-the-sky dreams still match practical reality. You’re going to need to use that sink every day, after all, and as such it needs to be easy to use as well as aesthetically pleasing. It helps if you have a basic idea of your bathroom sink options before you start the remodeling. We’ve outlined the most popular options below.

  • Self-Rimming Sinks. These are among the most common bathroom sinks, also called “drop-in” sinks. They fit inside a hole cut in your counter-top, with a rim extending past the edges of the hole and helping to support the sink itself. It benefits from being inexpensive to install, though the rim may not match your aesthetic vision.
  • Pedestal Sinks. These are “stand-alone” models, mounted on their own stands which support the plumbing and drainage system. They can save a lot of space, and look great, but they often lack counter space to keep your toiletries on.
  • Wall-Mounted Sinks. Wall-mounted sinks differ little from pedestal sinks, save that they’re mounted to the wall, with the piping hidden inside the wall. They improve legroom and work best in small bathrooms without a lot of space.
  • Undermount Sinks. Undermount sinks are designed to fit beneath the countertop, or flush with them: allowing you to wipe up the counter easier without the lip of a self-rimming sink. That makes for an elegant combination of form and function, though it might not fit with your particular aesthetic design and they cost more to install than self-rimming sinks in many cases.

In Bergen County, NJ, count on BZ Dependable for installing and maintaining bathroom sinks!

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