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If you have a room addition or other type of home remodeling project planned that involves running water to or from the area, you’ll need to consult a plumber during the early stages of the project. You plumber should determine the shortest and least intrusive path for the pipes to run to connect your new room, sink, tub, or appliance. That way you can avoid tearing out walls or doing other expensive work in order to create a path for the plumbing pipes and drains. Putting plumbing near existing pipes, for example, is one way to minimize the cost of plumbing installation because you can simply tie new plumbing into the existing system of pipes and drains.
Keep in mind that fixtures can be one of the biggest expenses of any plumbing installation. By all means use top of the line designer fixtures if those are within your budget and you want to have that kind of style and flair. But otherwise ask your plumber to show you less costly fixtures that are still aesthetically pleasing and efficient, because that can save you lots of money.
Also, if you are putting in new plumbing, consider the long term costs for water or electricity and gas to heat water for showers and other purposes. Newer “green” technologies on the market reduce water and energy consumption, and that is not only good for the environment but it can save you money every month for years to come. Ask your plumber to show you side-by-side comparisons of conventional versus energy-saving fixtures so that you can make wise, informed decisions about your new installation.