Sinks, Showers and Bathtubs in Austin
Did you know that on average we spend 182 hours per year in our bathrooms at home? That’s almost 8 days! When you are spending this much time in your bathroom or your kitchen, it’s important for them to be both functional and beautiful so they are relaxing spaces for you to enjoy. Large plumbing fixtures like your sinks, showers, and bathtubs can set the tone and be focal points of your spaces. Whether you are looking at replacing your stained, outdated tub or upgrading to the farmhouse sink you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest, Reliant Plumbing will be your partner along the way. Contact us early in your planning so that we can advise on what plumbing may need to be upgraded or adapted to work with your new fixtures. Then, we’ll help you select the perfect fixtures from our go-to brands like Toto, Delta and Moen.
Common Fixture Replacements
Everyone loves a walk-in shower, but in recent years, we’ve seen bathtubs gain popularity among our Austin homeowners. Conventional drop-in bathtubs are made in styles that come wider and taller than ever before. These are perfect for utilizing the everyday functionality of a shower but you’ll also be able to enjoy a soak upon occasion. If you’re a lover of long soaks in the tub, you’ve got the choice of beautiful vintage-style clawfoot tubs as well as more modern freestanding tubs. Freestanding tubs are often more affordable and feature oversized bodies for maximum comfort while bathing. Jetted tubs have also been upgraded and are a good choice if you are looking for a spa like experience. Nonetheless, bathtubs have their fair share of problems no matter which style is in your home or business. After so many uses, you may notice a slow drain starting to occur and after time your bathtub has now stopped draining. Most of the time this draining problem is often diagnosed as a pipe blockage due to hair and other mineral build up. It is important to hire a trained professional to remedy the issue so you do not accidently cause more harm to the pipe. Other times you may fill your tub all the way up, get in to soak and notice a leak as your overflow is draining. This can occur because the drain line itself has cracked or the gasket for the drain pipe has failed. Whichever it is, Reliant Plumbing is here to help diagnose and fix any issue you are having. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment today.
Homeowners also have a lot of options when it comes to showers. You can select from a variety of shower surrounds that come with built-in shelving and benches or you can build your own custom surround covered in tile or solid surfaces. If you’re building a new bathroom or renovating your existing shower, it’s important to consult with your plumber early in the process. You don’t want to have any surprises after you’ve already finished your tile work. There is nothing like a steamy hot shower after a long day of work, especially when it’s in good working order. However, from time to time you notice water backing up and all of a sudden you are showering in standing water. A partial obstruction can begin to occur as hair and mineral build up in the pipe after many uses. It’s important to take care of this issue before you experience a full line blockage. Partial blockages are easier to repair and are less costly. It’s also even more annoying when you are finished taking a shower and you cannot get all the soap off of your hair because the water is trickling out of the shower head. You might be experiencing lower water pressure from your PRV (Pressure Reducing Valve) or there could be calcium build up from hard water. Nonetheless, you may experience a plumbing emergency when you are taking a shower and when you are finished you can’t get the shower to turn off. Your shower valve stem may have failed and you need to shut the water off at the main until help has arrived. No need to fear, Reliant Plumbing is here. Call Reliant right away and we will act with urgency to send a plumber out and can help walk you through getting the water off, so you do not cause any water damage to your home or business.
Bathtub & Shower Trim
Many of our customers in Austin are upgrading their bathtub & shower trim - the showerhead, faucet, handles, and diverter switches - to beautiful modern finishes like brushed gold, matte black, and polished bronze. They are also enjoying the addition of handheld showers, rain shower heads, and body jets. While swapping out your shower trim can seem like a simple undertaking, it can actually get quite involved. Often, the plumbing in the wall will need to be adapted to your new trim, meaning a plumber will need to access the pipes through the opposite side of your shower wall. It’s also very important to make sure your trim is sealed properly. After time, your trim may need to be recorked since mold can grow behind the trim if you ignore the problem and allow water to get in there. Reliant is here to help with any major issues you are experiencing.
Kitchen sinks are built to last a long time, but they will start to show cosmetic signs of their age. If your sink is starting to look dull & damaged, it might be time for an upgrade. A lot of our customers choose to replace their kitchen sinks at the same time they replace countertops. This is ideal since removing your old sink can cause damage to your countertop, depending on the surface type. When selecting a new sink, you’ll need to decide whether you prefer the look of an undermount or top mount sink. Either style comes in a variety of materials including cast iron, porcelain, and stainless steel. If you’re a fan of Fixer Upper, you might opt for a farmhouse sink with an apron front. Reliant can professionally install whichever sink you choose so that it works perfectly and looks beautiful. However, sometimes you may experience problems with your kitchen sink. Our customers have experienced everything from draining issues, low water pressure, leaks coming from under the sink and more. Reliant is here to stand by you no matter the occasion.
When replacing your bathroom sink, also known as a lavatory, it’s important to consider both your cabinetry and existing plumbing. To keep things simple and budget friendly, you may want to install a new sink in the exact size and style of your old sink. However, you might want to upgrade to a more modern style. Many of our Austin customers are opting for the modern look of sleek undermount sinks or rectangular vessel sinks. If you are switching to a new mounting style, some of your plumbing may need to be adapted to work with your new lavatory. Our professional plumbers can evaluate your unique situation and recommend the most stylish and cost-efficient options for you. We are also here to help you with any repairs to your existing lavatories. Give us a call and we can help diagnose your problem today.
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