Considering Remodeling Your Philadelphia Bathroom: Could you Have Bigger Problems than Pink Tile?

You are finally sick of the pink/blue or green tile and you have decided it is time to remodel your Philadelphia bathroom.  But wait, you might need to deal with more than just a bathroom makeover.  How do you know?

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Major Plumbing

Hint:   When you turn on the shower or flush your toilet you can hear knocking pipes in the walls.  Or when you turn on the faucets, they provide inconsistent water pressure.

Could Be:   The knocking pipes could mean that the pipes were improperly installed and secured when the house was built.  Inconsistent water pressure could be a result of other major plumbing issues or leaks.

Solution:  Tell your contractor/plumber about the issue before you start your remodel.  They might need to open a few holes in the wall to get a better idea of what is going on.  Some of the plumbing might need to be replaced, and this is easiest to do during your Philadelphia bathroom remodel.  This corrective action is certainly better than waking up to an indoor flood some morning.


To Vent or Not to Vent

Hint:  The vent is on, but after a shower the bathroom has zero visibility.

Could Be:  1. Check that the bathroom exhaust fan is venting outside.  Often exhaust fans just vent to between floors and do very little to get rid of water vapor.  2. If the fan is properly directed, maybe your vent is just functioning poorly.  To check, run the hot water in the tub or shower for a few minutes while the exhaust fan is on.  If the bathroom mirror fogs or the walls sweat, there could be a problem.  Once the water is turned off the humidity in the bathroom should noticeably lessen within a few minutes.  If there is no change, oh oh.

Solution:  First have your contractor check to see if the exhaust fan is working.  Second, is the exhaust fan vented to the outside?  Can it be?


Are You Moldy

Hint:  Musty smell, black patches on the drywall, or wet patches of drywall.

Could Be:  Mold is the number one problem in bathrooms.  Mold is also a major contributor to asthma and other health issues.

Solution:  Make sure your contractor is experienced in removing mold because it is possible to spread the spores to other parts of the house when the removal is done.


These are a few of the bigger issues you can run into while updating an older Philadelphia bathroom.  You want to be sure these possibilities are ruled out before you start your Philadelphia bathroom remodel because these problems could increase the complexity and cost of your remodel.  If you have any questions, please give us a call at 215-922-4414.  Or check our website,, to get other tips for your bathroom remodel or to see bathroom design ideas.

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