By Babak Tavakoli
Today, the bathrooms in our homes come in a very broad diversity of designs, shapes and sizes. Faced with such a broad diversity of choice, it is easy to get bogged down by the excess of alternatives. Just take note that a major point of consideration is the amount of space available in your bathroom. If you’re constrained in terms of space, or you would love to upgrade your bathroom space with that modern and sleek feel, perhaps it’s time to install a concealed bathtub.
Due to the necessity of having some plumbing work during the installation of a bathtub, ensure that the tradesperson you’ve engaged for the job is licenses and is aware of the specification requirements contained in the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 (PDA) plus the Plumbing Code of Australia.
Concealed Baths Installation Tips
The work of fitting a bath that is concealed will vary in terms of difficulty depending on the type of plumbing work that it will need. Are you replacing an already existing inbuilt tub or are you installing a brand new one where no plumbing exists to support a bathtub? Are you replacing a freestanding tub or a stone tub with a concealed one? All the above factors will determine the amount of plumbing that you will have to put in.
Various Planning Basics Include:
– Your plumbing bills will start to pile up as soon as you begin moving your piping and drainage system. Therefore, try to retain the fixtures in their current positions whenever possible.
– It may not just be the location of your fixtures that could hike up your project bill. Unless you have planned for it, don’t unnecessarily start to also change or replace the other bathroom fixtures as you install the new concealed tub. Your new tub for example can still use the same old tapware.
– Even before you head to the home depot or the showroom, first discuss your bathroom renovation plans with a qualified plumbing expert. It would make no sense to acquire that great tub deal only to be told by the installing tradesperson that it cannot work for your bathroom!
– A bathtub that is concealed could pose some serious challenges when it comes to cleaning and maintaining hygiene. Therefore, ensure you have considered the aspect of bathroom cleanliness and hygiene as you shop.
– Concealed wet places around your bathtub could be a source of mould growth. Ensure therefore that your bathroom has adequate running ventilation.
To ensure you are obtaining a quality bathroom water based product, confirm its Australian Standards certification from the Water Efficiency Labelling and Safety (WELS) Scheme.
Plumbing And Electrical Work
As mentioned above, verify that your bathtub and its installation meets the laid down government requirements. In Queensland, for instance, to install some particular types of bathroom appliances, you need the approval of the Department of Infrastructure and Planning or get tradespeople who have been certified by the same Department. Therefore, verify what you can or cannot do during your bathroom or home project.
There are however two trades which you cannot do yourself legally across Australia: plumbing and electrical connections. Ensure therefore that you have the services of qualified and certified professionals in case your concealed bathtub installation needs special plumbing or wiring.
Babak Tavakoli is a bathrooms expert at ACS Designer Bathrooms. His deep comprehension of plumbing requirements will prove invaluable as you select your concealed bathtub. Visit ACS Designer Bathrooms today and have a chat with Babak as you plan on that bathroom project.