Plumbing is part of your home’s infrastructure, and a remodel requires residential plumbing services from a reputable contractor with a proven track record. They can take care of getting the appropriate permits, meeting code inspections, and performing quality work in a timely manner. Because your plumbing is an important part of the home, we suggest including residential plumbing contractors in the planning phase, and taking these simple steps to protect your plumbing against future costs.
Use Licensed Contractors
Be wary of fly-by-night contractors who promise you the moon but fail to deliver. You can do this by checking online reviews, and verifying that your residential plumbing services contractors are licensed and insured. Being licensed means that the contractor is authorized to perform plumbing services by the local and state municipalities, and insurance protects you and your property against anything that may go awry during the plumbing remodel. During the initial phases, your plumbing contractors will map out your current and planned plumbing layout and then work with you to make sure that the project goes as planned.
If you do not already know where the valves and cutoffs for your home’s water are located, find them before beginning a remodel. This includes the valves for water entering the home, entering and leaving the hot water heater, and local valves for sinks and toilets. The sooner you can turn off the water to a broken line, the less potential for damage there will be, and water damage can become extensive quickly.
Inspect for Leaks
While your walls or floors are opened and the plumbing is exposed, take a few minutes to inspect for small leaks, pipes that aren’t stabilized to prevent rattling, and other plumbing problems. Your plumbing contractors can alert you to any items that may cause future problems, and solving a plumbing problem before it occurs is by far the least expensive way to go.
Replace Old Pipes
Older homes were built using materials that are no longer used today, including galvanized pipe, cast iron, and even clay sewage pipe. These materials met the needs of their time, but were prone to corrosion, root penetration, and other blockage sources. While your plumbing is already under construction is the best time to protect against future sewage repair costs by replacing outdated pipes or segments that clog frequently.
Licensed plumbing contractors will take a lot of the headache out of helping you plan and implement plumbing remodels. From rerouting your existing pipes to helping you select the most appropriate bathroom and kitchen fixtures, selecting qualified and experienced contractors before you start is the most effective way to go,
Ehret Co. Plumbing & Heating
Ehret Co. Plumbing & Heating provides 24/7 household plumbing services for homes and multifamily buildings. We pride ourselves on our professional and quality work. Contact us through our online contact form or call us at 510-528-4292 for residential plumbing services any time, any day of the week.