It’s common to begin on remodeling projects in the summer, when the weather is nice, and it’s easier to transport supplies. Home renovation projects are also a right of passage in home ownership; it’s a great feeling to pick cabinetry, countertops, and fixtures that fit your style. However, it’s what’s underneath all of this that needs more of your attention.
Plumbing issues that are beneath the surface can be the most frustrating to overcome because you cannot visually see the money you’re putting into it in the end. But the fact of the matter is that it needs to be taken care of to ensure the aspects you love about your home (and what you want to add to it) will last as long as you live in it.
Here are some aspects to prepare for and discuss with your contractor before tearing down walls.
Galvanized pipes are steel water supply pipes that have been dipped in a zinc coating to prevent rust and decay. They were commonly used until the 1960’s as an alternative to lead pipes, which later were found to cause health risks as hazardous debris would enter the water passing through. Galvanized pipes are not that much better, however. Years of water exposure creates corrosion and rust on the inside of the pipe. Copper and zinc deposits in an unhealthy quantity can enter your drinking water and pose potential health problems.
As important as it is, there’s more to consider with galvanized pipes than the wellness factor. Galvanized pipes have also been linked to uneven distribution of water, lower water pressure, discolored water and leaking due to age. Overall, you’re better off without them.
Your sump pump doesn’t work
How frustrated would you be if you began renovations and during one heavy rainfall it was revealed that your sump pump functions incorrectly? It could take thousands of dollars to repair, add weeks to your renovation timeline and make a mess that ruins even more of your newly-bought home. Before you begin demolition, have an inspector verify that you have proper backflow to remove water from your home and hinder future flooding.
Previous poor plumbing decisions
Sometimes you discover previous work from a contractor that is incorrect. A typical indicator of poor plumbing is a tapping sound whenever the shower is on. This usually means some pipes were not secured properly, so they rattle as water passes through them. Faucets or spouts that have inconsistent water pressure might also be a sign of needing to fix your plumbing lines altogether.
Insufficient bathroom draining is a reason many homeowners want a new bathroom in the first place. You can check your drains by letting the shower and tub run and waiting until the water drains. Make sure both the shower and tub are not pooling even minutes after testing. In most cases, the drainage is due to improper sealing that can cause corrosion and leaks through the floor and into the ceiling if the bathroom is upstairs.
Updating your plumbing
Aside from your HVAC, plumbing is the most important system in your home. Therefore, sometimes updating your plumbing altogether is the best case scenario. The right plumbing experts can turn an entire project around and educate you on best plumbing practices. They will be able to pinpoint the right plumbing for your house, because each home is wired differently due to age, the last update, your lifestyle, and more. That’s when a certified professional with previous remodeling experience needs to step in and make recommendations as to which configuration works best for your situation.
Bringing in a consultant sooner rather than later will also prevent you from having to completely reroute your system. This happens when homeowners make changes to the layout of their kitchen or bath without regard for plumbing, and it is one of the most costly and time-consuming problems to resolve.
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