How to buy plumbing accessories
September 28, 2017Blog Standard
Purchasing your plumbing instead of getting it through your plumber allows you to choose from a wider selection – and save money.
- Determine what accessories you need. A sink? Faucets? Shower heads? A new tub?
- Measure the space available for each accessory. For example, if you buy a kitchen sink, measure the size that fits into your sink base cabinet.
- Be sure to note the special requirements for any accessories. For example, if you are looking for a faucet, make sure it matches your sink (faucets can have a unique control or separate hot and cold water knobs). If in doubt, ask the dealer or a plumber.
- Visit several plumbing supply stores or major start centers.
- Browse the accessories and compare prices.
- Make sure your selections comply with code in your area. For example, in many areas shower deviators are required to have anti-sebum protection. Ask the seller or plumber if you are in doubt about a specific accessory.
- Check with your plumber on any appliance before you buy if you are unsure about its suitability for its purpose.
- Purchase your selected items and agree on delivery.
Tips & Warnings
- Plumbers often mark accessories considerably. This is particularly true of High-End items such as whirlpool tubs. You can save hundreds of dollars by purchasing the unit yourself.
- Keep an eye out for items for sale or on the floor models.
- White is the most popular color for accessories. White accessories are usually 5 to 20 percent more expensive than the white ones.
- When selecting accessories, consider your tile, cabinets, vanities, countertops and other surrounding items in the home.