Plumbing Considerations for Home Improvement

Your home may be in good condition, but there are plenty of ways to make it even better! If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen or bath, you’ll want to give careful consideration to the plumbing behind the walls. While many people can handle small plumbing projects themselves, it can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, and permits may be required depending on where you live. There are some things you need to know before embarking on a plumbing adventure.

Things to Know

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  1. When you’re remodeling or renovating a kitchen or bath, there may be plumbing behind the walls that is hard to reach and requires a professional. You will need permits.
  2. Plumbing is a complicated system. Behind the wall, leaks are terrible.
  3. Low water pressure may indicate an old water heater. 
  4. Overflowing drains and toilets may be due to clogs. 
  5. Running toilet indicates a running toilet flapper valve. 
  6. Leaking faucets and valves can indicate corrosion or material failure in the pipes.

Things to Avoid

  1. Don’t take on a project that you’re not qualified to complete. The possibility of injury, faulty installation, and less than perfect workmanship will be increased. 
  2. Be aware of the permits and inspections necessary to do the work in your city or county. 
  3. To prevent hard-to-reach plumbing problems, you may want to consider purchasing products that are flexible enough for your project needs.

Choose an Appropriate Plumber

Whether you’re getting ready to remodel your kitchen or bath, or you’re just looking to fix something small, it’s important to consider the plumbing before you start tearing out walls and pulling up the floor. Behind the wall, leaks can be terrible, and can cause significant damage if not taken care of quickly by a pro. Whether you hire someone from day one or wait until the project is almost complete, knowing how to choose an appropriate plumber will save you money and time in the long run with your plumbing and home improvement.

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