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Choosing the Right Vanity for your Bathroom

The vanity is not the most attractive part in reconditioning your bathroom but choosing the right one can make a difference. So knowing the way to select the right materials, size and style for your vanity that is suitable for your bathroom and will function for your needs is essential. Read and learn more of the following:

Placement

Find a good spot for your vanity that will not hinder the traffic flow in the bathroom, or obstruct the bathroom door or the door swing of the shower. Take note if the areas around are accessible for cleaning and if there is enough space for foot traffic if the vanity doors are open. Moreover, remember that the vanity has a lot to do with the bathroom’s function, and create a space around it for proper function.

Changing the plumbing around for the installation of a vanity can be very expensive. Placing the vanity at a distance from other bath fixtures is a higher cost for rough plumbing. Look for any plumbing services in Sydney to deal with plumbing issues.

Materials

A humid, wet and busy environment is the usual place for vanities and choosing the right materials for your vanity that can withstand this kind of environment is very important. Among the materials suitable for a durable vanity are laminates, wood veneers and thermofoil. Wood should be sealed and lacquered well but it doesn’t guarantee that it will not get any damage when exposed to water for a long time. Also consider the durability of your vanity top and opt to easy-to-clean grout.

Storage

In making a decision about the amount of storage you will need, consider the things you really use. Make an inventory of the things you store in your existing vanity and organize everything based on what you need to have in reach and you just need to have nearby. You may consider hanging vanities with drawers for a good amount of storage. In case you cannot change your tiny vanity cabinet, you may install additional cabinets that rest on the counters.

Size

Basically, the size of the vanity follows with size of your bathroom. At the same time, consider evaluating the lifestyle and things you demand for a vanity. This will give you a clear picture of how big your vanity should be. It is recommended to get started with a vanity that is at least 21 inches deep and 24 inches wide.

For more information please visit us at info@youplumbing.com.au

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How to Clear Bathroom Clogs In Simple Steps

Clogs are everywhere – from tubs, bathroom sinks and toilets. So, let us help show you how to clear out those disturbing clogs as soon as possible.

Instructions on how to Clear a Clog above the Sink

First, start lifting the stopper lever up to the closed position. Then, unscrew the retaining nut which holds the pivot rod in position and pull the pivot rod out of the drain pipe in order to release the stopper. You can find most of the degree in and around the stopper. Clean the area using a small wire brush.

A probing tool or also known as a grabbing tool can be a good tool to use to stick down the drain to remove the clog. You can find this tool in any Plumbing Supplies store in Australia.

Clear a Clog under the Sink

If the clog still persists, you need to go below the sink and clean the sink drain trap. Prepare the following for this step: a bucket, a small wire brush and channel type pliers which you can purchase from any plumbing services store in Sydney. The first thing to do is to place the bucket under the trap to catch debris and water. Using the channel-type pliers loosen the slip nuts on the trap bend. Then unscrew the nuts with your hand and get them away from the connectors. Then by using a small wire brush, remove the pipe and clean out all the debris and rinse with water. Put back the trap bend in its original place and tighten the slip nuts using the channel-type pliers thoroughly.

In order to protect pipes from scrapes, just place duct tape on the end of wrench before you use it on pipes.

Clear a Plunger-type Drain

In case of a plunger-type drain, have the screws removed on the cover plate. Remove the cover plate carefully and all the apparatus from the opening of the overflow drain. Using a small wire brush, clean all debris from the links and also the plunger pieces of hardware. After the cleaning of debris, lubricate the pieces using heatproof grease.

Need more help for your clog problems? We are willing to help you further. Just visit us at info@youplumbing.com.au

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Choosing the Right Tile for Your Bathroom

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Tiles can add value to a bathroom! And with their hygienic and water resistant properties, are a popular choice for any wet area. There are various unique finishes on offer that can’t be matched by other materials. Whether it is ceramic, porcelain, travertine or slate, bathrooms can accommodate all types of tiles.

Here are some tips to help you narrow down your choices and find out which is the right tile for your bathroom:

Hygiene

With their fresh appearance and easy wipe surfaces, tiles offer a great hygienic solution to a bathroom. While tiles are water-resistant, they are not totally waterproof. Before tiling, you can waterproof the shower area with a waterproofing kit to prevent any potential water damage to the walls behind the tiling. Also, if you opt for natural stone tiles for your bathroom, make sure that they are sealed with the recommended maintenance products prior to fixing to prevent water damage/staining.

Tile size for my bathroom

Typically, it is advised to avoid using large bathroom tiles such as 60x30cm in a small bathroom, as it will make the room significantly smaller. But if most of the tiles can be applied without any cuts, the result can be impressive.

With small tiles like 10x10cm, its several grout lines can sometimes look unattractive. For many people, medium sized tiles such as 40x20cm are a common choice for either large or small bathrooms today.

Using tiles to make a small bathroom look bigger

One way to make small bathrooms look bigger is to use light colored bathroom tiles such as white or cream. They reflect the light more as compared to darker colors, giving an airy and spacious feel to your bathroom. Another way is to use the same color wall tiles as the floor tiles.

When you’re shopping for tiles for your bathroom, try to visit a trustworthy plumbing shop in Australia. Check out the various choices and find out which one suits your bathroom. However, you might also need professional plumbing services when installing tiles for your bathroom. If this is the case, contact us through our site at http://www.youplumbing.com.au and see more info of our services. You can also send us an email to info@youplumbing.com.au.

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Choosing the Right Tile for Your Bathroom

Tiles can add value to a bathroom! And with their hygienic and water resistant properties, are a popular choice for any wet area. There are various unique finishes on offer that can’t be matched by other materials. Whether it is ceramic, porcelain, travertine or slate, bathrooms can accommodate all types of tiles.

Here are some tips to help you narrow down your choices and find out which is the right tile for your bathroom:

Hygiene

10836323064_8574f2c299_bWith their fresh appearance and easy wipe surfaces, tiles offer a great hygienic solution to a bathroom. While tiles are water-resistant, they are not totally waterproof. Before tiling, you can waterproof the shower area with a waterproofing kit to prevent any potential water damage to the walls behind the tiling. Also, if you opt for natural stone tiles for your bathroom, make sure that they are sealed with the recommended maintenance products prior to fixing to prevent water damage/staining.

Tile size for my bathroom

Typically, it is advised to avoid using large bathroom tiles such as 60x30cm in a small bathroom, as it will make the room significantly smaller. But if most of the tiles can be applied without any cuts, the result can be impressive.

With small tiles like 10x10cm, its several grout lines can sometimes look unattractive. For many people, medium sized tiles such as 40x20cm are a common choice for either large or small bathrooms today.

Using tiles to make a small bathroom look bigger

One way to make small bathrooms look bigger is to use light colored bathroom tiles such as white or cream. They reflect the light more as compared to darker colors, giving an airy and spacious feel to your bathroom. Another way is to use the same color wall tiles as the floor tiles.
When you’re shopping for tiles for your bathroom, try to visit a trustworthy plumbing shop in Australia. Check out the various choices and find out which one suits your bathroom. However, you might also need professional plumbing services when installing tiles for your bathroom. If this is the case, contact us through our site at http://www.youplumbing.com.au and see more info of our services. You can also send us an email to info@youplumbing.com.au.

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Why You Should Choose Porcelain Tiles for Your Bathroom

Porcelain tiles are a top choice for bathroom floors these days. There are several reasons why it is preferred to other types of materials. It is harder than ceramic and a fashion-forward flooring choice for bathrooms. It also offers greater stain and water resistance as compared to ceramic tiles due to its denser, more porous, and harder material.

Meanwhile, it’s also great for radiant in-floor heat that will keep your feet toasty on cool mornings. In terms of design versatility, porcelain offers unmatched options as it can mimic natural stone varieties like granite and limestone. Recently, there are designs that draw inspiration from exotic locales and fashion runways. These include surfaces that evoke leather, fabric, and even animal prints.

Here are the two basic types of porcelain tile:

Through-bodied

This type has the color and texture that run all the way, disguising chips or scratches. It is strong, durable, and contains no glaze that can wear off. It is ideal for floors, walls, and countertops.

Glazed

This is characterized as strong and dense. It offers the widest range of colors and designs as well. It is completely covered in a wear layer or hard finish that is mostly colored.

Factors to consider when choosing porcelain tile

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With porcelain tiles, you are ensured that it can stand up to heavy foot traffic, splashed water and will last for many years to come.

How to clean

Cleaning is easy with porcelain tiles. You can just wipe up water immediately, sweep or vacuum regularly, and damp mop every week. However, you should avoid abrasives like steel wool and scouring pads. If you have unglazed porcelains, it may require more frequent cleaning.

Underlay

It must be installed on a subfloor that’s smooth, flat and rigid. A concrete slab, cement-based backer board, underlayment-grade plywood, and existing tile would be okay as well if it is in good condition.

The lowdown

Porcelain is harder and denser compared to a ceramic tile. It can also withstand staining, water, bacteria and odours. But without radiant heat underneath, a ceramic tile can be cold on your feet which can be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods.

When it comes to design and styles, there are several options that you can choose from if you opt for porcelain. Try to visit a trustworthy plumbing shop in Australia and check out which ones perfectly suit your bathroom. For high-quality bathroom fixtures and plumbing services, contact us through our site at http://www.youplumbing.com.au. You can also send us an e-mail at info@youplumbing.com.au.

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Impressive Bathroom Trends You Need To Know

Back in the old days, the bathroom wasn’t considered an important space so they were very functional, with a  little design.

The modern day has paved a new wave of bathroom design. The bathroom has changed from pure functionality to what we now regard as a place of relaxation and hygiene. These rooms now present a wide array of fixtures and fittings that cater to your artistic expression. If you’re planning to renovate or redesign yours, here are few things our expert plumbers want you to know!

Strategies

Start by selecting a motif and a color scheme. You can visit our plumbing website to browse the diverse styles of showers, toilets, baths, sinks and other elements that will reflect your chosen look. Once you have the complete picture, you can focus on details.trends

First, consider the size of your bathroom to know the amount of space you can work in. If it’s small, make it look larger by installing a freestanding bath, wall-mounted toilet, skylight or large windows. If you’re concerned about privacy, try a privacy screen outside the windows.

Next, choose a vanity that would match your tap and sink. Consult us for the best position that complements the lightings and the vanity the best for these two elements must collaborate. You might also want to add storage nearby.
You’d be surprised how much a little redecorating, even with inexpensive items, could do to impact the ambiance of your bathroom.

Bathroom Ideas For Each Space

  • Tub – Freestanding baths accentuate as minimalist sculptures so choose aptly
  • Fittings – The extensive range of designs available now make it hard to find the perfect combination. Shower heads are perfect for comfort and water conservation too.
  • Sinks – From drop-ins to vessels, and the benchtop surface to match
  • Toilets – Modern designs like a cistern inside the wall cavity or a wall-mounted toilet can make a huge difference to space perception
  • Screens – Consider a frameless screen and a grating for drainage. Else, there are hundreds of designs to choose from.
  • Tiles – Colors, patterns, and sizes. Materials from ceramic, porcelain, glass and metallic. Pointed edges and round edges. Mix and match because your choices are endless from wall to floor.
  • Lighting – A very important factor in your bathroom, or anywhere in a room. Know where you want it and how to get it there by consulting us for this meticulous and complex aspect.
  • Windows – exploit the natural light by experimenting with your windows. Modern bathrooms now have larger windows and even a skylight.
  • Storage – Match your storage units with your design and with more organized and efficient compartments.

For more bathroom ideas, visit us at http://www.youplumbing.com.au or email us at info@youplumbing.com.au

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Choosing the Right Bathroom Lighting

Choosing the right lighting for your bathroom can help make it a functional haven. Here is a list of lights you’ll need to transform your bathroom into a private space of luxurious refuge.

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This type of light helps maximize the use of a mirror to help you see yourself while doing bathroom activities like brushing, shaving, and make-up application. To lessen shadows, especially during make-up application, mount a pair of scones at eye level to both sides of the mirror. The wattage of a task light depends on the location where you’ll install it.

2. Accent Lights
This type of light helps show off the beauty of the art pieces hung on your bathroom walls. It can focus the illumination on each art piece or on a spot where you love to put a sculptural bouquet of flowers.

3. Decorative Lighting
The best way to add visual sparkle to your bathroom is by installing a decorative light. If you have a square-shaped bathroom, a single pendant will do the trick for you.

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4. Ambient Light
For bathrooms with taller ceilings, ambient lights are best installed along the perimeter of the available space. Usually, an ambient light functions as a fill light, able to hide fixtures by creating an indirect light. If you choose a pendant type ambient light, it will multi-function as a decorative light.

Putting these lights together can do wonders to your bathroom. Scones mounted on a large mirror on top of a sink vanity can act as a task light. For a multi-mood effect, dimmers with recesses can provide this kind of ambient light. Also, large mirrors on the vanity or over the tub will help reflect these layered lights effectively.

Our shop can help provide the best quality of bathroom fixtures and lights to suit your needs. For additional assistance and queries, contact us through our site at http://www.youplumbing.com.au or send as an e-mail at info@youplumbing.com.au

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Building a healthy bathroom

Ways to Ensure a Healthy Bathroom

While a bathroom is a place to get clean or relax, it is also important to note that it should also be a healthy part of your house or any building. Factors such as poor ventilation, toxic materials, or impure water in the bathroom can pose risks to your health. Here are some ways to ensure that your bathroom is healthy.

fan Having Proper Ventilation

Let’s start with the ventilation. Steam and moisture are just some of the common things that a bathroom produces. If it is not properly ventilated to the outside of the home, some problems may occur, structurally as well as health-wise. Your bathroom should have a relative humidity of around 35 to 45 percent. Take note that mould starts to grow at a relative humidity of 70% and it can cause health problems such as respiratory conditions and eczema. With these, we suggest the use of natural ventilation. That is, opening a window. However, if it is not feasible, a good exhaust fan is a necessity.

Installing Shower Filters

Most people don’t realise that the water they are using for the shower is actually filled with chemicals like chlorine. While such chemicals have the purpose of killing the germs in our drinking water, showering in them can pose respiratory problems and skin rashes to some people. Having dry skin and hair can also be the result of using water with chemicals. One great way to avoid such problems is to install a shower filter. We suggest that you look for a KDF filter. This kind of filter use small particles of zinc and copper that can filter up to 99% of the chlorine from the water.

Opt for Environmentally Friendly Materials

When it comes to materials, environmentally friendly ones can be your best choice. They not only makes your bathroom green, but also contribute to a healthier environment. For example, a particle board usually contains formaldehyde which is a known carcinogen. So, use real timber instead wherever possible. We also recommend the use of natural stone as it is sealed with non toxic materials. Also, look for paints, adhesives, and materials that have low VOCs (volatile organic compounds). If you are familiar with the smell of paint, that is caused by VOCs which are dangerous to your health. Take note that some materials emit low levels of VOCs over their lifetime and can build up overtime.

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Cool Innovations for Your Bathroom

Thinking about getting a new job done to your bathroom? There are a lot of ways to be able to innovate your bathroom, upgrade the efficiency of your appliances and be able to have the value of your house upgraded. These jobs can range from the simplest to the most complex type of job including tear down renovations.

We at You Plumbing would like to give you ideas on how you can have your bathrooms upgraded.

Fixing up the Fixtures

You should replace those rusty sinks and shower fixtures with something funkier like bronze or brass and use lower faucets to be able to save water at the same time.

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Futuristic Showers

If you have cash to spare and want to renovate your showers, then why not buy multiple shower heads to double the pleasure of taking a shower?  I know it costs a lot but the cost will suffice for the satisfaction that you will get once you turn on that shower switch.

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Redo the Walls and Floor

Another way to beautify your bathroom is to change the design of the walls and the floor. If you have a lot of resources then you can put marble tiles on your rest room floors or why not use a uniform color and design for your walls and floor? You can do groovy stuff to your rest room as long as you have the creativity and enough resources to be able to apply all those ideas and bring them to life.

 

Warmth

Install an electric heater on the wall to keep your rest room cozy and warm. Sure, it will require serious electrical work however believe me, it will all be worth it.

Even when these jobs sound so simple, be aware that they require heavy work and a lot of resources and so you should be mindful of the things that you install and but for your bathroom. Also, you should keep in mind that you can do anything you want to your home as long as you have enough resources.

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Spice up your Bathroom

The bathroom is the part of the house most frequently used by women. And, one more thing, women are also concerned not just about their bathroom’s cleanliness but also its color. Women stay inside it for hours and while having their sponge bath, they are also observing the color of their bathroom. The power of color is very important especially in the bathroom.

Now, how would you add color to your bathroom? Here are some tips:bathroom

Refresh your Shower Curtain

How do you choose a new shower curtain? Easy, pick one in the colors that you love and that makes you smile when you look at it. A bright new shower curtain is one of the best ways to get an instant boost of color. You have heaps of choices too as there are so many different designs available – from strong geometric patterns through to novelty patterns or elegant damasks.

A Coat of Paint

Bathroom color makes it dramatic. Paint your walls in accordance to whatever suits your mood. You can go for a bold feature wall or opt for a softer, more subtle color on all your walls. If you want something soft and calming, blues and greens are perfect, but if you want a pick me up, a lovely sunshine color is ideal. You can carry the color you choose for your paint through to other accessories as well such as towels and bathmats.

Bring the Outside In

If you love the feeling of being outside, why not try and bring that feeling into the bathroom with you? If your bathroom looks out onto a secluded area, a window set at eye level in your shower or even in your bath allows you to look out onto that gorgeous garden or view. If privacy is a concern, you may feel better adding a skylight instead.

Dramatic Bathroom Accessories

Bathroom accessories include towels, bathmats, artworks or paintings, soap dispensers, and bins. The color of your accessories may or may not be the same as the color of your wall and floor. When shopping for your bathroom linens and accessories, try and get at least two sets in different colors.

Follow the LED Road

LED lights are becoming more and more popular thanks to their long life, low maintenance, and supreme energy efficiency. However, that doesn’t mean that you’re limited to just the different shades of white. Coloured LED lights are making a big statement in the lighting world and can create amazing effects when used in the bathroom. Install them in the shower, around your bathtub, or even in and around your bathroom vanity for an effect that will leave your guests stunned.

For more colorful tips for a lovely bathroom and for a happy sponge bath, head on to our Learning Centre page.

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