Plumbing is an integral part of your home. Parts of plumbing occur within the walls of your home and under your floors, while other parts of plumbing you see and appreciate every day.
The visible part of your plumbing system is your fixtures. Plumbing fixtures include things like sinks, toilets, showers, baths and more.
Fixtures have long life spans, but there are times when fixtures do need to be replaced. Sometimes fixtures are replaced because they have become damaged, they are too old, or they are different than the style that the homeowner would like to have.
If it is time for you to replace any of the fixtures whithin your home, then you need to take precautions to ensure that you replace your fixture with a high quality piece. If you do not take such precautions, then you could end up wasting your money by purchasing a plumbing fixture that is low quality and that will end up needing to be replaced in the near future anyway.
The first thing you should do, in the opinion of an experienced plumber, is not shop for your fixture at a “big box” store. When you go to a large home improvement store, you do not find sales assistants with much experience working with plumbing fixtures. Since big home improvement stores carry such a wide variety of items, employees at those stores have to know about so many different types of products that they do not know enough about any specific trade to really give good help in finding high quality pieces. When you do not get ample help in finding a high quality fixture by a sales assistant, you are left to your own devices to choose by looking at the packaging and prices alone.
Instead of going to a large home improvement store, you should try to shop for your piece at a specialized plumbing store. At stores that only carry plumbing supplies, you are going to find sales assistants who actually have vast knowledge and experience with all the fixtures that you might be needing to purchase.
So regardless of whether you need a sink, or a bathtub, a toilet, or a shower, you can rest assured that you will find a very high quality product if you go to a specialized plumbing store. Take advantage of the knowledge and experience that sales assistants at specialized stores have, because if you don’t, and you go to a large home improvement store, you may walk out with a product that will not last long, and will soon be causing you problems.