3 Money-Saving Tips for Your Plumbing Renovation Project

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Do you want to upgrade your home’s plumbing system? If so, you’re likely aware that such a renovation project can be expensive. But the potential cost doesn’t mean you have to break the bank.

There are many ways to save money on your next plumbing system renovation. Take a look at four tips to help you complete this project on a budget.

1. Ask for Professional Plumbing Assistance

While you might think of yourself as a handy home or business owner, you can easily make a huge mistake if you attempt to do the entire renovation yourself. You could forget to double-check measurements or miss important details that will ultimately cost you more money in the long run.

For example, if you plan to upgrade your main water line, a simple error in the plumbing layout could mean the difference between a smooth installation and an expensive disaster. You could accidentally disrupt other connections in your piping system, which could lead to costly repairs.

Similarly, you might underestimate the complexity of a job and fail to follow the proper protocols. For example, if you want to replace a toilet, you might think that all you have to do is disconnect the old one and put in a new unit.

But there are many other important steps involved that an experienced plumber can help you with. They’ll first measure the space and then decide on which type of toilet will fit best before they select the right connections and flange. He/she will also confirm the condition of the flange or collar that the toilet connects to, ensuring it is not broken or cracked.  Afterward, your plumber will check to make sure they properly connect the new unit to the drain and water supply lines.

So, make sure you invest in professional plumbing assistance to ensure your renovation project won’t cost you more than you expect. Their vast expertise and experience will ultimately save you time and money.

2. Reuse Existing Fixtures Whenever Possible

When you want to renovate your bathroom or kitchen, don’t automatically assume that you have to replace all existing fixtures. Your plumber might suggest that you reuse some existing fixtures with minor modifications or repairs (such as a washer replacement). This strategy could significantly reduce the costs you incur if you purchase new fixtures and have a professional install them.

For example, if you want to install a new bathtub, your plumber might suggest that you keep the existing plumbing and just replace the tub with a modern one. Or, if you plan to replace the entire kitchen sink, the plumber might suggest that you reuse the existing faucet and connect this fixture to the new sink. This way, you don’t have to buy a new fixture or pay for additional labor costs.

Another strategy you can consider is to use the original plumbing system blueprint. Your plumber can work around pipes and other components, so they won’t have to replace them.

They can first add diverters and shutoffs to turn the existing system into a larger, more efficient one with minimal effort and cost. This strategy will help reduce labor expenses and material costs as well since you won’t need to buy many new parts.

3. Choose Energy-efficient Appliances When Applicable

Energy-efficient appliances (e.g., toilets) can lead to significant savings over time due to reduced water usage from these appliances compared to standard models. Not only will this plan save you money on monthly utility bills, but you will also conserve resources.

Some energy-efficient models are even eligible for rebates from local utility companies and government agencies, so remember to ask your plumber about these options. Something as simple as a low-flow toilet or showerhead can add up to big savings in a relatively short time.

The good news is many of these appliances are now available in stylish designs and colors, so you can find something that fits your aesthetic without any compromise on quality or efficiency.

A plumbing system remodel doesn’t have to break the bank. Keep these money-saving tips in mind, and you’ll be sure to save more than you’d expect. Contact us at Jim Dhamer Plumbing and Sewer through our website or call us at (630) 964-2222 for more advice and quality plumbing services from our experienced team of professionals.

We’d be happy to help you achieve the best results with your renovation project.


Jim Dhamer
Plumbing and Sewer, Inc.


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