HOW TO CUT PLUMBING COSTS WHEN REMODELING

We all love a good remodel. From before and after pictures, to the process itself, we have all happily succumbed and joined the HGTV generation obsessed with home renovation. However, HGTV has painted an inaccurate, yet pleasing, picture of the cost and time it takes to remodel a home. So, when you decide to take on the most important home renovation of all time—yours—you are met with the shocking reality that remodels encounter obstacles that oftentimes derail your plan and your budget. We don’t want this happening to you, so we are here to help!

Achieve your ideal home without the worry of going over-budget without Gold Medal Plumbing renovation tips. Follow our cost-saving plumbing recommendations to keep your reno on budget, on time, and on par with your expectations.

DO NOT MAKE CHANGES TO YOUR PLUMBING FOOTPRINT

Once you give us your plumbing plans, don’t change them. Altering your plumbing footprint will increase the cost of your overall renovation, not to mention obliterate your original remodel timeline. Moving water supplies, drain pipes, sewer pipes, and vent stacks are big-ticket items that will put a dent in your budget, especially if you change your mind after they have been installed.

If you are remodeling your bathroom, try to keep your shower, sink, and toilet in, or around, the same spot you had it previously. This will save in costs, as plumbers won’t have to tear up your floors, and walls, to move your main water and sewer sources. The same goes for a kitchen remodel. Keep your dishwasher and sink in the same place you had it before, and you will drastically save.

USE PEX PIPING INSTEAD OF COPPER PIPING

When it comes to piping, there is not much you can do about labor costs. Installing, moving, or updating piping will, on average, cost the same from plumber to plumber. However, you can control what materials you use in your remodel. PEX piping is the way to go when you want to save money. Instead of using copper piping, which is expensive, install strong plastic piping, or PEX piping. It costs two-thirds of the price of copper piping.

USE CRIMP-FIT OVER PUSH-FIT COUPLINGS

With your new PEX piping, choose crimp fit couplings. When repiping, pipes are reconfigured and require new bonding tools and materials. When putting two pipes together, there are two options: crimp-fit couplings and push-fit couplings. Crimp-fit couplings are ten times less expensive than push-fit couplings because they require a plumber to use a crimping tool to squeeze a copper ring on one pipe over a copper fitting on a partnering pipe to ensure the two pipes are securely fastened together, rather than automatically connecting.

You may think labor will be more expensive with this type of installation; however, most plumbers can install crimp-fit couplings just as fast as push-fit couplings. So, go with the less expensive option here–it is just as safe and just as good as the more expensive choice. It will save you a ton of money on material costs.

SCHEDULE YOUR PLUMBING RENOVATION

You want a plumbing contractor, not an emergency plumber, and here’s why. Calling an emergency plumbing line for a planned remodel will cost you loads more than scheduling and hiring a professional plumbing contractor. When you hire an emergency plumber, you are paying a premium for immediate service. When planning a remodel, think about scheduling your plumber in advance. Even though most plumbing companies do both emergency and scheduled repairs and renovations, you should still hire a professional for your job ahead of time. Your remodel budget will thank you.

For all your plumbing remodel needs contact Gold Medal Plumbing and Drain, at (416) 800-6264, for budget-friendly renovation services.

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WHAT TO CONSIDER FOR YOUR BATHROOM REMODEL

Are you looking to remodel your bathroom? That’s a wise choice if you’re seeking to improve your property value. Studies have shown that the most important aspects in a home are the kitchen and bathroom. When these spaces are up to date, they indicate that your home is well maintained and that you care about the aesthetics and cleanliness of your property.

Here are the top things to consider when preparing for your bathroom remodel:

LIGHTING

The quality of lighting in a bathroom makes a significant difference in the overall perceptions of the space. Good lighting makes it easier to get ready in the morning and instantly brightens the room. Of course, natural lighting is the most ideal for a bathroom. This could mean a window or skylights located above. That being said, it’s not always possible to install a window or skylight, as there are various structural requirements that make it difficult. In this event, consider installing bright recessed lighting throughout the bathroom in addition to extra lighting near the sink area.

STORAGE SPACE

Although you may love the minimalist appeal of a sleek and modern sink in the showroom, it’s important to take into account what it will look like in your space. There isn’t much point to installing a modern sink and vanity only to have it cluttered with the products you use on a daily basis. Take this into account as you choose the elements you install in your new bathroom. One way to overcome this is by installing a mirrored medicine cabinet.

SHOWER OR TUB?

This can be a hard decision to make. Ideally, you would be able to have both, but often times there just isn’t the space. To determine the best option for you, ask yourself: how many times do you take a bath per year? A lot of people take baths less often because they find them more time-consuming. That being said, if you take baths often it might be a worthwhile investment. If you’re having trouble deciding, you can always opt for a bath and shower combination for the best of both worlds.

PLUMBING

Renovating your bathroom is the ideal time to make adjustments to your plumbing, as well. This will be necessary if you choose to move around the location of your shower, sink, or toilet. Alternatively, you can opt to upgrade your pipes. Bathroom pipes with a larger diameter are less likely to experience issues with clogs from hair and debris in addition to providing higher water pressure.

Gold Medal Plumbing is the plumbing company you should trust for all your plumbing services in Etobicoke. Learn more about our services or book an appointment by calling (416) 800-6264 today!

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FIND OUT HOW SUPERHERO PLUMBERS BATTLE UNCLEAN WATER IN YOUR HOME

The contaminants in your home drinking water can have a significant potential impact on your health and the health of your family. Fortunately, local plumbers can help to keep you safe and protect your home over the coming years.

In this latest post, our Mississauga and Oakville, ON experts explore more on the damage that home water contamination can cause and how local plumbers can work to protect your home.

HOW PLUMBERS CAN SAVE YOUR FAMILY

Unclean water is linked with many dangerous bacteria and health issues. Your local plumbers can work with you to mitigate the impact of unclean water and ensure that you’re only drinking fresh water from your home taps.

They commit to this process by offering expertise in water filtration. They can install the latest water filtration products such as UV filters and carbon filtration solutions to stop contaminants from entering your home water supply.

The company can also offer testing products to ensure you know which contaminants are present in your supply and how to remove them.

THE HEALTH ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH DIRTY WATER

Drinking unclean water can have a number of health effects on the body depending on the type of bacteria ingested.

For example, if you accidentally drink a cup of water contaminated with e coli you could find that you develop stomach pains and damage your intestinal health in the long-term.

Young children and the elderly are more susceptible to these health issues, and so it’s imperative you protect them by working with local plumbers to prevent home water contamination. Your plumbing team can advise you on the full range of steps you can take to mitigate contamination issues.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PRESERVE WATER ACCESS

Your home water system can be protected by local plumbing teams, and there are steps you can take to ensure your local community has continued access to clean water.

For example, you might consider installing low-flow systems on your shower and toilet. These low-flow units limit the amount of water you use on a regular basis and help prevent over-consumption.

You might also limit the number of times you use your home dishwasher, keeping your water-use restricted on a weekly basis. Trust your local plumbers to keep you safe and to continually test your home water for common bacteria. Call the experts today to begin the testing process.

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  • Tim Swei

    After the job was completely they got on their knees, cleaned and wiped the entire area clean, which I thought was very thoughtful.

  • Mike A.

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  • Jason F.

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QUICK TIPS FOR KITCHEN & BATHROOM RENOVATIONS

Kitchen and bathroom renovations can help to improve the value of your home and ensure your home remains in peak condition for the long-term.

But one of the leading challenges for many homeowners is completing the renovation process affordably and in a quick timeframe.

At Gold Medal Plumbing and Drain, we understand that home renovations can be a daunting task, which is why we’ve created this blog to help you started. If you have plumbing questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to our skilled team.

CHOOSE RENOVATION EXPERTS EARLY

As the year moves on and we get closer to the summer, the leading renovation teams become busier.

This can make it more difficult to book construction work in and around your home.

And so, it’s important to take on the process as early as possible in the late spring/early summer.

Make sure you review the local companies and get quotes from a number of experienced professionals to ensure you have the ideal platform to an effective renovation process.

CREATE THE IDEAL SPACE

An area that homeowners have control over in terms of making their renovation work a success is the working environment for the renovation team.

Make sure that you create the ideal space in which to work for all renovation team members. For example, you should ensure all personal belongings are removed from the bathroom and kitchen space.

And introduce yourself to the team leader at the beginning of the project so that they can come to you if they have any questions or concerns along the way.

This will help the project to move forward seamlessly and will ensure you reduce any confusion in your communications with the renovation team.

CONSIDER HIGH-EFFICIENCY OPTIONS

One of the most common mistakes that homeowners make during the renovation process is they don’t consider their costs well in the future.

They think only of the immediate value of the renovation work.

It’s important that additions to the bathroom and kitchen hold their value in the long-term.

And that’s why you should carefully consider additions that increase your home energy efficiency, during your home update.

For example, you might consider adding high-efficiency dishwashers and low flow toilets to the home during the renovation.

This will help you to save thousands on energy use in the coming years.

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  • Tim Swei

    After the job was completely they got on their knees, cleaned and wiped the entire area clean, which I thought was very thoughtful.

  • Mike A.

    Exceptional service. Thank you, Terrence.

  • Jason F.

    On time for the appointment and nice guys.

  • Andrew N.

    Quick turn around

  • Emma S.

    Went out of their way to get it all done.

  • Jason P.

    Highly recommend.

  • Sally M.

    Over and above kindness and honesty

  • Ali M.

    Great service & quick response.

  • Gina C.

    Courteous and respectful!

  • Adrian P.

    These are the guys that you want to hire.

  • Denisha T.

    Explained everything upfront.

  • Bryan N.

    Service was same day, fast and honest.

  • Sam I.

    In and out within an hour.

  • Anya P

    Gold Medal quickly found the problem and fixed the issue at a reasonable cost. We only trust Gold Medal plumbing from now on!

  • Alexandra S.

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  • Jeffery N.

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  • Mark E.

    Ensured everything was in proper working order.

  • Sandy M.

    Super helpful and friendly

  • Thom W.

    A pleasure to have in our home.

  • Marinela G.

    Went above and beyond!

  • Nelson M.

    Free estimate quote

  • Saswati S.

    Extremely reasonably priced.

  • Liz P.

    It was a pleasure.

  • Jenny C.

    Definitely using his service in the future!

  • Rob M.

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  • Brock M.

    I have found my new plumber.

  • Adam P.

    Stayed late to make sure the job was done right

  • Dennis G.

    Gave us a great price.

  • Michael S.

    Came the same day that I called.

  • Ed D.

    We are very confident with the service we received.

  • Satisfied Customer

    I am impressed!

  • Satisfied Customer

    A great customer service experience

  • Sandy S.

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