Bathroom Renovations 101: Running New PipesBathroom Renovations 101: Running New Pipes

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Bathroom Renovations 101: Running New Pipes

When I decided to add a pedestal sink and claw foot tub to my bathroom, I had no idea how much new plumbing I had to run. Since I had never run pipes before, I wasn't sure how to do it properly. I did a lot of research before I started so that I could be sure that I was doing it right. As I was researching, I knew that it would be helpful to have all of the information I found in one place. That was the inspiration for this site. I hope that the plumbing resources help you with your next home improvement project.

Deciding Between A Gas-Fueled Or Electric Water Heater

When it's time for new water heater installation, a household might consider switching from gas to electric or vice versa. Each type has advantages and disadvantages. A plumber can answer questions they have. When the appliance has already failed, fast action is necessary to avoid going without hot water for long. In contrast, if the homeowners are being proactive about replacing an old model that still works properly, they have more time to decide.

Electric Advantages

The main advantage of an electric water heater is its low cost compared with gas models, on average. In addition, some individuals are simply nervous about having a gas-fueled appliance on the first floor. They may be planning to make these changes throughout the building.

Natural Gas and Propane Advantages

A common reason households switch from electric to gas water heaters is to reduce their utility bills. Gas-fueled equipment, whether natural gas or propane, costs less to run. This water heater does not increase gas bills very much. When replacing gas with electric, however, the homeowners will see a spike in power usage.

Recovery Time Differences

After someone uses a substantial amount of hot water, electric heaters warm the incoming water noticeably more slowly than gas models do. This is an essential consideration if a few people in the household shower consecutively within an hour or so. The third person probably won't have enough hot water unless all the showers are relatively short ones.

Replacement Complexity Considerations

A person who feels comfortable with do-it-yourself home improvement projects typically can replace an electric water heater with another one. If the project involves gas appliance removal or installation, though, the work should be completed by an experienced professional for safety reasons.

Removing a gas appliance and installing a new one requires disconnection and reconnection of the gas line. The project is more complicated when removing an electric water heater and replacing it with a gas appliance because a fuel line must be extended to the location.

If a gas heater will be replaced with an electric one, plumbers make sure that the fuel is effectively shut off and there are no leaks. The new electric appliance requires a dedicated circuit, so there must be room available for one in the panel. 

Getting Started

Deciding which advantages are most important helps homeowners decide on the appliance they want. If still unsure, they can talk with a plumber and learn more about this equipment. Then it's time to schedule an appointment for installation.

To learn more, contact a water heater installation company.