How To Install Bathroom Plumbing On The Second Floor

Young Plumber Working With Pipe Wrench In Kitchen

There are some people who will question the benefits of adding another bathroom to your house. Until you live by yourself, it can look like there is somebody in the bathroom when you need it. If you are married and have kids, you basically want to make a schedule and reserve a time slot to use the bathroom. Even when you get in there, it can be hard to navigate the bottles, toiletries, solutions that fill up a bathroom fast when you have got 1 or 2 in the house.

So, it is clear you need another bathroom. The good news is you can add more, even if your available space and capital for house improvements are limited. After that, if you have made a bathroom on the 2nd floor then installing bathroom plumbing is essential.

The value of a new bathroom

Before you make building plans, you will want to know how much value does a bathroom adds to your home? In terms of financial value, that answer is difficult to pin down, but you can make sure that several potential purchasers will prioritize finding a house with a minimum of 2 full baths and more.

One study discovered that adding a bathroom increased the sale of home price by 8.7 percent, which is more than twice the increase you will see if you added a bedroom. If you are not looking to sell any time soon, then the value you get is added functionality. The National Association of Realtors discovered that over half of homeowners who added a new bathroom to their houses wanted to be home more and had an increased enjoyment sense since the project was completed. If you ever need to wait for the toilet use, you have probably thought about another bathroom in the home. The below guide has some of the steps that need to be taken while installing bathroom plumbing on the 2nd floor of your home.

1: Preparation

It’s necessary to find out all the rules and regulations regarding bathroom plumbing before getting to work. Make yourself aware of the building code of your state and make sure that you get the necessary permits. If you do not gain the correct permits, you can end up paying much more money if do something wrong and the inspector picks up on it. It’s important to do all the research and be confident that you can install 2nd-floor plumbing correctly. Incorrect plumbing can result in you being sued by the future homeowner of your house if you sell. Be on the lookout for mold before you install bathroom plumbing. Find black spots and a musty smell. It’s important to sort it out before you start the installation procedure as it can affect your family’s health if left untreated. You should know what you’re looking for and where to look to make sure that you do not miss anything. Plumbing experience will be useful. The good investment you can make during this step is to hire a licensed plumber. They know how the system works and can help with the correct permitting adherence to the regulations easier than trying to do it yourself.

2: Removing drywall to access plumbing lines

Before you start, you’ll have to remove the drywall in your bathroom that’s close to the plumbing lines. This will make connecting the plumbing lines to the new bathroom appliances easy if they’re nearby. During this step, the drain lines that’ll be utilized when installing the bathroom plumbing should be located. Not having the essential tools will make this step extremely tough. It’s necessary that the correct tools are used to make sure that the work is done appropriately. A general contractor will be your good friend during this step.

3: Turning off the water supply

You’ll have to locate the main water switch on your property for this step so that the main water supply is turned off. A licensed plumber can help you with this task. Once it is done all taps inside your house should be opened to drain any water that can be in the plumbing lines still.

4: Installing water lines

You will need to have five water lines in the new bathroom a hot and cold for the shower and bathtub, hot and cold for the sink, and cold for the toilet. These lines can run either through the wall or from the floor up if it’s above the first-floor bathroom plumbing. Loosely installed pipes can cause rattling and leakage. It’s necessary that you install the lines correctly so that they’re safe to use. It is a difficult task and certainly needs the services of a qualified plumber.

5: Connect the drain lines

The drain lines for the shower or bathtub, sink, toilet all have to be different sizes. You will need to have a perfect knowledge of plumbing to decide which size will be fine for your bathroom appliances. This’s critical in making sure that they work effectively. Incorrect drainage can result in water leaking onto the floor. If it is about a 2nd-floor bathroom, it will penetrate through to the ceiling. This can cause mold and the deterioration of the ceiling. Again, an experienced plumber can handle this step with ease.

6: Installing the appliances

There are several plumbing fixtures that will now be installed. One is the toilet. Connecting the toilet takes skill, the last thing any person wants is a misconnected waste pipe spewing sewage onto your new bathroom floor, and then having that seep through to the floor. You should make sure that the toilet bowl is level a lop-sided commode isn’t comfortable. After attaching the tank, the water line should be connected. To install the sink, you should get the sink stand to the floor. This needs drillings and a precise hand. Once the stand is in place, you’ll need to connect the hot and cold-water lines to the sink and attach the drain, handles, stopper. If this isn’t all done professionally, you’ll have a leak on your hands that will become an expensive affair to fix. Ultimately, the bathtub or shower will need to be connected and installed to the drain line and pipes. Still again, this’s another area where unskilled hands can cause an expensive mess.