There's nothing wrong with embarking on a home remodel project on your own; however, this is only the case when you are doing things correctly. When it comes to projects like a bathroom remodel, there are a number of seemingly minor mistakes that can cause real problems. Make sure you know what mistakes to avoid when attempting a bathroom remodel on your own.

Overlooking Shower Sloping

Don't forget to slope your new shower floor. Performing this step requires you to create a gradual incline on the floor that causes the water to naturally flow towards the drain. As a general rule of thumb, you want to create about a 4 percent slope. By completing this step, you force the water into the drain, instead of allowing it to pool on the floor.

Failing to remember to slope won't just increase the risk of water leaking out the shower, but the pooling water on the floor will also increase the chance of mildew or mold growing.

Failing To Vent Drains

If your remodel involves installing a new drain line for a sink, don't forget the importance of venting. This is an especially important process for S-trap drains. Venting basically creates a barrier between the sewer system and your bathroom.

Failing to vent can allow gases and vermin produced in the sewer to make their way into your drains. Gases come along with foul smells and vermin are basically parasites that can introduce germs. Drain venting is best reserved for the skill of a professional, so you will need to call on a plumber like one from Allen Plumbing for this step.

Forgetting About Rough-In

If installing a new toilet, measure the rough-in, the amount of space between the finished wall and the toilet bolt caps. This measurement helps ensure the new toilet will be in alignment with the drain. Just because the standard rough-in is 12 inches, this doesn't mean it's the case for you.

If you live in an older home, your rough-in could be 10 or 14 inches. If the previous homeowners did any custom bathroom work, a standard rough-in measurement may also not work for you. If you fail to obtain this measurement beforehand, you will be left with a toilet you can't use or you will need to have the toilet drain moved, which can be costly.

A bathroom remodel isn't a project you want to have to repeat, soon. While you can take a hands-on approach, you can reduce the likelihood of a problem by also relying on the expertise of a plumbing professional. Allowing a professional to perform the plumbing components of the project is the smarter choice.

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