It doesn’t take much for a seemingly quick plumbing fix or bathroom reno project to become a full-fledged, property-damaging, sometimes disgusting, whole-house disaster! Yes, sometimes doing it yourself can save money on plumbing repairs and bathroom renovations, but when the pipes are shaking and water is flooding the basement, you’re going to wish you had called a professional plumber.
Here are some tips for your bathroom renovation:
Turn off the water!
If you’re installing or repairing any fixture in the bathroom you should turn off your main water line or at least the shut-off valves to that part of the house. If something goes wrong this will prevent a flood and you’d be surprized at how many homeowners don’t even know where their shut off valves are located in the house. While they’re frantically searching for them, the water level rises in the bathroom and a river runs down the hall.
Learn where your pipes are.
Before tackling any bathroom renovation project, you should at least have a basic knowledge of your home’s plumbing system. It is a complex system of pipes, drains and appliances. Figure out which walls have pipes in them and where they are coming from and leading to. Learning the basic concepts of a household plumbing system will come in handy if something goes wrong.
Be prepared with the right materials and tools.
This is a good reason to call a plumber or general contractor. They are equipped with the expert knowledge and all the tools required for a bathroom remodel and plumbing jobs. There is nothing worse than getting halfway through a job and having to stop to run to the hardware store to buy a new tool or replace a fixture that wouldn’t fit. If you’re going to do-it-yourself, your success increases immensely if you’re prepared with a complete toolkit and knowledge of materials.
Hire a professional bathroom renovation company
There are some simple bathroom renovation projects that you could easily tackle yourself, though DIY plumbing mistakes are common can result in damage and costly repairs. Save yourself the mess, stress and unforeseen expense by bringing in the pros.
Find a contractor to help you with bathroom renovations in Edmonton.