Whether you are remodeling a fixer upper or building a new home addition, fixing or upgrading a plumbing system can be one of the most time consuming and budget draining aspects of an entire remodel project. Here are a few basic plumbing tips to keep in mind that can help save you time and money:

1. Unless you moonlight as a plumbing expert, it is always a good idea to have a professional handle complex and emergency plumbing situations. At the very least, have the contact information of a reputable plumber you trust readily available.

2. There are two main plumbing systems in every home: the water service and the drain, waste, and vent system. In order to properly install and care for these systems, it is imperative you learn as much as you can about them before tackling a plumbing project.

3. When it comes to new plumbing fixtures, think green! There are a wide array of plumbing fixtures, from kitchen faucets to little giant pumps, that are high performance and energy efficient fixtures.

4. Have a plan! Before you being a lengthy (and likely costly) plumbing project, it is critical that you take the time to plan out the project. For example, if you are plumbing an entire bathroom, make sure you draw out your plans for running the pipes and know what materials and tools you will need to complete the project.

5. When it comes to plumping pipes, there are several types of materials available including CPVC and copper - the two most durable and common types of pipes found in residential plumbing.

6. Turn off all valves prior to starting any home plumbing project. It's also a good idea to periodically turn them off and on to ensure they are working properly in case of a plumbing emergency or repair.
7. When installing a new two-piece toilet, install the bowl first and then the tank instead of attaching the pieces and then installing it.

8. If installing a pedestal sink in the bathroom, consider using a pipe material that blends with or matches the sink. For example, use white PVC pipe if the sink is white.
9. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when installing fixtures such as sinks, faucets, or even toilets.

10. When choosing new vanities, sinks, bath tubs, or toilets, always measure your space prior to shopping for the right item; this will ensure you will select one that fits within any space constraints you may have.