5 Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid When Renovating Your Home

Remodeling your home? While it can be exciting to make improvements to your house, it is important that if updating your home’s plumbing is part of your plans, there are some mistakes that you will want to avoid to keep your fun project from turning into a disaster.

Here are five common plumbing mistakes homeowners make when taking on a plumbing renovation project.

  • Installing the wrong pipes. Do you know the difference between a gray water line and a black water line? Both are for wastewater, but the gray water line carries wastewater that comes out of sinks, washing machines, and bathtubs. The black water line is for wastewater from toilets (sewage).
  • Making inaccurate measurements. The last thing you want is to end up with pipes that are too long or short, or a new sink that does not fit in your bathroom. Take the extra time to double check all measurements to save yourself a lot of time and money.
  • Not turning off your water before you start. Forgetting to turn off your water before starting a plumbing project can lead to a flooded home and damaged property. Not sure where to find your shut-off valve? Give us a call – we can help.
  • Not knowing your local permit laws. Although building codes vary from state to state, a permit is usually required for remodeling projects if they’re going to change the building’s existing footprint, electrical system, or plumbing. Make sure you get any necessary permits before you start on your home project. If you are caught without the proper permit, officials could issue a stop work order and fine you.
  • Overestimating your DIY skills. Having unrealistic expectations can cause you to make expensive mistakes. If you have not ever performed a home improvement that involves plumbing, it is best to reach out to a professional. We can save you both time and money. Contact us today at 817-453-8028.