The average American spends about 30 minutes a day in the bathroom, with one in four spending more than an hour. That means a family of four spends 730 hours a year in the bathroom. A streamlined and efficient bathroom can make your life easier, but that is not the only reason to consider remodeling your bathroom.
Functionality & Aesthetics
A bathroom that is outdated and no longer serves the needs of your family is always a good reason to remodel. This may include adding more storage space, exchanging the tub for a more elaborate shower as your children grow, or simply getting rid of the old-fashioned lavatory and toilet that have outlived their appeal. Poor lighting is also a common complaint in outdated bathrooms. Adding new lighting or windows for natural light can transform the space. Starting the day in an updated bathroom may be just what you need to boost your confidence or motivate you for a productive day.
Updating your plumbing fixtures or hiding exposed pipes from view is another common reason to remodel the bathroom. Old plumbing or fixtures that leak or fail to function properly is a sure sign that a bathroom remodel is in order. If your drains clog easily or you have on-going issues with the toilet, talk to your plumber about replacing the existing plumbing to correct the problem as part of your bathroom remodel project.
Leaks and excessive moisture lead to mold and mildew, putting your family’s health at risk. Damp or moist areas around pipes or along the edge of the tub indicate you may have an issue with leaks or fixtures that haven’t been properly sealed. When wood and other building materials stay damp, mold often grows. Remember, just because you cannot see mold does not mean it isn’t breeding inside your walls or under the floor.
Changes in Your Household
Bathroom needs change as your family ages. What may have been convenient when your children were small may no longer be convenient for aging family members. Changing the layout of the bathroom or accommodating for a wheelchair or walker may be necessary for the elderly. While you may be able to make minor changes to meet the changing needs of your family, a remodel with their needs in mind may be your best option. This may include installing a walk-in tub, safety rails or providing another type of handicap accessibility. It also may include safety covers on faucets, handheld showers or other devices. Likewise, adding a baby to the family may make that shower stall less attractive and call for a new tub to serve your little one’s bathtime needs.
Increase Home Value
Remodeling the bathroom to include up-to-date fixtures and improve its appearance and functionality will increase the resale value of your home. Likewise, if you intend to rent out your home, or have rental units, remodeling the bathroom will increase the rental value. It also reduces maintenance costs and reduces the chances your tenants will have problems with their plumbing.
At Crawford Mechanical Services, we offer a complete line of plumbing services, including commercial, and can assess all your plumbing needs. Contact us today to arrange for services or anytime for emergency services.