4 Plumbing Upgrades You May Want Your Plumber To Make To An Older Home You Just Bought
When you move into an older home, you may need to make a few upgrades so it's more like your previous home with modern plumbing. If you're planning to remodel the home anyway, it's the perfect time to update the plumbing. Here are some things your older home may not have that you want a plumber to fix.
1. Your Plumber Can Add An Outdoor Spigot
You may have a spigot in the front of your house where the main water line enters your home, but that doesn't do you any good when you're working in the backyard. A spigot in the backyard is handy for washing up, watering plants, and many other things.
A plumber can install the spigot at the height you want it so it's convenient for you to use. You may also want a shut-off valve added so you can keep the spigot off to prevent leaking in case the handle springs a leak when you're not around.
2. You May Want To Add A Tankless Water Heater
If your previous home had a tankless water heater, you may miss it when you have to go back to a tank model. Talk to your plumber about whether your older home is a good match for a tankless heater. These often require a lot of power, and you may need to upgrade your electrical panel before you can get one. That adds to the cost, so you'll have to consider if upgrading to a tankless water heater right away is worth it.
3. Your Plumber Can Usually Install Gas Hookups
If the home has natural gas service, but it's not used for anything, talk to your plumber about how much it would cost to hook up gas appliances. If you brought your old appliances to your new home and they are gas-powered, you'll need to hook up the gas or get new appliances.
While the plumbing contractor is installing hookups, consider if there is anything else you want to add, such as a natural gas-powered grill or fireplace.
4. You Might Want A Walk-In Shower
A lot of older homes don't have a separate walk-in shower. Showers were usually built over the tub instead. If you like showers more than baths, you may prefer a nice walk-in shower with a glass enclosure so you have plenty of room to move around and shower. If your bathroom is too small to add a separate shower, you may want the plumbing contractor to remove the tub so you can have your shower.
Removing the tub might be a good idea since the plumber can hook into the existing water lines and drains that way. Reach out to a plumber for additional info and check it out.