What Are The 3 Common Plumbing Fixtures Found In A Bathroom?


Even the most common plumbing fixtures say a lot about you. While most of your plumbing system is concealed behind walls, underfloors and beneath ground level, plumbing fixtures are on full display in your bathroom. The style and function of your sinks, toilets and your shower or bathtub can create design statements and transform your comfort. So when you are considering installing plumbing fixtures or a complete bathroom remodel, your plumbing system fixtures offer far more than just hot and cold water.

The three common plumbing fixtures in bathrooms include the sink, toilet, and shower/tub. You don’t need a bespoke bathroom to appreciate both the form and function of these different plumbing fixtures. N.E.W. Plumbing and Heating explains how to choose the right fixtures for your needs and how to properly install these three fixtures as part of any remodeling plan.

A Sink

The simple sink is actually a bit of an engineering marvel. A home is designed to keep every harmful element, especially water from damaging your property. Roofs, gutters, siding, and windows are all designed to repel water and keep your home bone dry. A sink is a portal that opens your water supply line, delivers clean water, and safely removes wastewater down a drain pipe.

Your bathroom is generations removed from the initial invention of indoor plumbing, though. So homeowners take most plumbing fixtures for granted. In most bathrooms, builders install sinks with a single handle to control water flow and a conventional faucet. Bathroom faucets can be a focal point with a range of faucets and controls to choose from during a remodeling project. While design books, DIY shows, and some interior designers focus on the form of the sinks and faucets, you should work with a contractor who is a licensed plumber to make sure the design matches the quality. Installing the wrong size and design of the sink can alter the drainage system and lead to issues.

Professional plumbers will help you find the ideal bathroom sink to fit the existing plumbing system. If you want to make a change such as changing from a countertop-mounted sink to a pedestal sink, working with a plumber ensures your project is installed properly and safely operates for years to come.

A Toilet

A toilet serves a vital function within your bathroom. It consists of a bowl and a tank that holds water for flushing waste away through the drain pipes. This is the most important plumbing fixture in your home to promote hygiene and maintain a healthy indoor environment. For this reason, a toilet should always be installed by a professional plumber. At-home plumbing projects can quickly become plumbing emergencies when toilets leak, overflow, seals fail, or become clogged due to improper installation.

When you work with an experienced contractor, you will avoid plumbing problems. A modern toilet offers many options, forms, and functions. For homeowners with an eye for comfort, heated toilet seats, bidets, and other high-quality materials are available. Dual flush toilets and alternative designs help homeowners reduce water usage. A professional plumber can help you choose a toilet that makes the most of your water and plumbing usage so it will be an economical choice for your home. Whether you need a one-piece, two-piece, or wall-hung toilet, this is the one bathroom fixture you should always entrust to a professional.

A Shower or Bathtub

Updating a shower or bathtub is often the impetus for renovation work. Far more than just a space for personal cleaning, bathtubs can be a refuge from the stresses of daily life. Waterfall spouts, soaking tubs, jetted tubs, and other high-quality plumbing fixtures and materials like cast iron and porcelain can add customized comfort to your bathing experience.

For safety, slip resistance, accessibility, and size should be considered for young children and older family members. Plumbing contractors will consult with you about the exact needs of your family and the goals of the new bathtub.

Showers can also reinvent your personal time. New shower heads can improve water pressure including rainfall, handheld wands, and massage features. Enclosures provide privacy and change the aesthetic experience with tile, glass, and other materials. Steam features, walk-in showers, storage options, and multiple jets allow you to create a custom bathing experience.

Talk to N.E.W. Plumbing and Heating About Planning For A Bathroom Renovation

A leaking faucet or replacing a wax ring are simple plumbing repairs. Even changing a shower head or replacing a toilet seat are affordable changes professional plumbers provide. In the case of all bathroom fixtures, you should have a clear understanding of how the sink, toilet, tub or shower works within your home. Changing plumbing fixtures, especially bathroom fixtures should follow a deliberate plan.

While many home shows, magazines, websites, and social media reels make plumbing fixtures look simple, the fixtures you choose must be compatible with your inbound plumbing and drain design. So if you are considering a change in your bathroom or experiencing issues with your existing plumbing fixtures, call on a local plumbing professional for expert advice. The team at N.E.W. Plumbing and Heating provides complete consultation, design, and installation services.