Paul's Plumbing Tips

Bathroom Renovations You Never Want to Attempt On Your Own

Renovating a home's bathroom isn't as easy as you might assume; plumbing the bathroom properly involves more than just attaching pipes to one another, and you need to ensure that all plumbing fixtures are properly sealed so that there are no water leaks or mould that develops. When you're ready for bathroom renovations, note some specific projects that you don't want to attempt on your own, so you know they get done properly and so that you're happy with the work for years to come.


It's never good to tackle a flooring job in your home's bathroom, as the heat and humidity that gets trapped in the space can easily break down various types of epoxy and adhesive. If you don't use an adhesion method that is meant for bathroom flooring in particular, you may see tile begin to peel away from the subfloor.

Heat and humidity can also ruin the sealant or coating of various types of flooring, so they get damaged more readily. You may also need to remove the bathroom's toilet and other fixtures in order to properly install tile, and if you don't seal those fixtures properly once you put them back into place, your bathroom could suffer water leaks and mould growth.


Adding waterproofing can help to protect your home's bathroom from water damage and resultant mould and mildew; while you can buy waterproofing kits at the hardware store, note that this might cause a problem with your homeowner's insurance down the road. If your home does eventually have a plumbing leak or otherwise suffers from mould build-up, your insurance carrier might not cover the cost of repairs if you installed waterproofing on your own. Leave this to a professional so it's done right and up to code, and according to your insurance carrier's policy.

Moving or extending pipelines

You never want to move or extend bathroom pipelines on your own. This work involves more than just connecting pipes; you need to ensure all pipes are connected with the right pieces so they stay secure, are angled properly so that water flows away from the pipes at the right speed, and that you have enough vents installed to create the vacuum needed to pull that draining water away. Mixing the wrong materials can also cause corrosion and damage to the pipes. Always have a plumber manage this job for you, even if you only want to extend or move the pipes a few feet or meters, to ensure it's done right.