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If you've ever remodeled a kitchen or bathroom, you've probably wondered why moving a plumbing line is as expensive as it is. From the added labor and material costs to situations where existing plumbing and gas lines are not up to code, plumbing is one of the most expensive parts of a remodeling project. Consequently, many people plan their remodeling around their existing plumbing system and only move their plumbing lines when absolutely necessary. At Donmar Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we know how stressful and complicated remodeling projects can be, especially when you have to deal with plumbing issues.

Below we look at why moving plumbing lines can be so expensive and provide some tips on selecting the best plumber for your project.

Reasons to Move Your Plumbing Lines During a Remodel

Depending on the scale of your remodeling project, you may be faced with the need to move or extend your plumbing lines. This is most common in kitchen and bathroom remodels or when building additions. You may also need to install new plumbing lines for larger landscaping projects, hot tub or pool installations, or when building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) on your property. Even something as simple as installing additional outdoor faucets for your garden can require moving a plumbing line.

What About Gas Lines?

Plumbers do more than deal with water and sewer lines. Plumbers also provide vital gas line services, including extending, moving, and repairing gas lines during remodeling projects. Many homes have stoves, water heaters, and fireplaces powered by gas. When working on a remodeling project, you are just as likely to need to move a gas line as you are a water line.

Why Do Some People Avoid Moving Water or Gas Lines When Remodeling?

A primary reason that some people avoid moving plumbing lines when remodeling is the expense. Moving plumbing lines typically costs more in labor and parts than it does to keep your plumbing setup as is. Depending on the size and scale of your remodel, keeping your plumbing where it is can help you make more room in your budget for other things, like finishes and fixtures. But what happens when moving plumbing lines is unavoidable or necessary?

Keep reading for some helpful tips on managing your plumbing design during a remodeling project.

Tip #1: Plan Ahead

Whether you are working with a designer, contractor, or planning your remodel yourself, you must incorporate your plumbing design into your plans right from the start. This means identifying your existing plumbing lines and planning where all your plumbing and gas appliances will be located in your final design. The more planning you do at the start, the less likely you are to run into problems or surprises that will slow your project down and ultimately cost you more money. For example, the last thing you want is to plan to relocate your gas stove only to find out after work is underway that the gas line can't be moved where you want it.

Tip #2: Consult an Experienced Plumber

As part of the planning process, you should consult with an experienced plumber before moving forward with your project. Even the most accomplished DIY-er can benefit from the expertise and experience a well-seasoned plumber can offer. This is particularly important if you are remodeling an older home where existing plans may be inaccurate or when you have a slab foundation, where locating and moving plumbing is more complicated.

Before finalizing your design plans, you should schedule an inspection with a licensed and insured plumber, like ours at Donmar Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. We can inspect your existing setup, discuss your remodeling goals, and help you determine if moving your plumbing lines is feasible and worth the expense. Our plumbers will also help you determine if your existing plumbing and gas lines are up to code or whether they require replacement.

Tip #3: Consider What Is Most Important to You

Did you know that simply moving a bathroom sink can cost you thousands of dollars? In general, altering floorplans in bathrooms and kitchens will significantly increase your remodeling budget because of the added cost of moving the plumbing lines. With this in mind, it is important to consider what you most want to accomplish with your remodel and plan your design strategically. For example, it may be most important to move your kitchen sink and dishwasher to an island. Meanwhile, relocating your refrigerator may not be as crucial, thereby saving you money.

Tip #4: Know Your Plumbing Appliance Options

It's easy to get wrapped up in selecting the most beautiful appliances and fixtures for your space. However, when making your selections, make sure you understand their specific plumbing needs and the work involved in installing them. Similarly, make sure to confirm that the appliances and fixtures you are selecting will work with your home's plumbing system. This is something your plumber can help you with. Before buying new appliances and fixtures, speak with your plumber about what your plans are, and share with them the specific makes and models you want to purchase. They can use their vast experience and knowledge to provide you with valuable insight into how these new appliances and fixtures may impact your project's timeline and budget.

Are you planning on remodeling your kitchen, bathroom, or another area of your home this summer? Get experienced help from a fully licensed and insured plumber by contacting Donmar Heating, Cooling at Plumbing. We are excited to help you bring your vision to life.