Even simple renovations are often complicated and expensive projects. The high cost of remodeling work leads many homeowners to cut costs wherever possible. While this is an understandable impulse, there are some aspects of home improvement work that you should always leave to a professional. If you're about to undertake a home renovation, then you'll want to hire a plumber for these three jobs.
1. Relocating Fixtures
Some plumbing work is relatively straightforward and within the grasp of a competent do-it-yourselfer. Installing a faucet or even a sink basin is usually a weekend project at most, for example. Relocating fixtures can be drastically more complicated, however. Moving a sink, shower, tub, or toilet is not a job that even experienced do-it-yourself homeowners should attempt.
Not only does relocating an existing fixture require significant demolition and reconstruction, but it also requires modifying existing pipes and adding new plumbing. Doing this job poorly will not only affect your current remodeling project, but it may also damage your home's existing plumbing.
2. Adding a New Toilet
Adding a new bathroom can add value and functionality to your home, but installing a toilet in an entirely new location is not a job you should tackle yourself. Toilets have special drainage requirements and often need a connection to your main soil stack. In addition to connecting the drainage line, you will also need to ensure that the toilet has proper venting.
The relative ease of removing and replacing an existing toilet can lead some homeowners to believe that installing a toilet in a new location must also be simple. Unfortunately, the potential complications of this job can lead to frustration, extra expenses, or worse.
3. Working With Natural Gas
In addition to working with water lines, most plumbers are qualified to work with natural gas lines, as well. If you are installing gas appliances in a new addition, then you will want an experienced plumber to run your new gas lines. Even if you are installing the appliances yourself (or relying on another contractor to do the work), you should not work on the actual gas lines.
Some municipalities may also have specific licensing or certification requirements for working with natural gas. Failing to adhere to these requirements can cause your home not to pass inspection, setting back your entire renovation project. By working with a professional plumber, you will guarantee that your installation is safe and in full compliance with any local regulations.
If you're ready to renovate, reach out to a local plumbing service.Share
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