Home Remodeling

6 Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid When Remodeling Your House

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Remodeling your house can be fun and exciting – and, when done well, can increase your home’s value.

However, if updating your home’s plumbing is part of your plans, there are some pitfalls you need to look out for.

Here are six common plumbing mistakes homeowners make when taking on a big home improvement project.

Installing the wrong kind of 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 (also known as sewage.)

You’ll also need to make sure that any pipes you choose are the right size and length, which brings us to our next tip.

Failing to measure accurately. The last thing you want is to end up with pipes that are too long or too short, or a new sink that doesn’t fit in your bathroom! Take the extra time to double- and triple-check your measurements, and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and money.

Forgetting to shut off the water. Not turning off your water before starting a plumbing project can lead to a household flood and damage your property. Don’t know where to find your shut-off valve? Give us a call – we can help.

READ MORE: The Time to Find Your Shut-Off Valves is Now

Not familiarizing yourself with local permit laws. Although building codes vary from state to state, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), 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’re caught without the proper permitting, officials could issue a stop work order and fine you as well.

Using the wrong tools. If you’re going to be attempting any home renovation projects that involve plumbing, make sure you have these eight tools.

Having unrealistic expectations. Overestimating your DIY skills can cause you to make expensive mistakes. Most people are not licensed, professional plumbers, and that’s OK! Have you tackled many home improvement projects before, including ones involving your plumbing? If the answer is no, it’s best to reach out to the experts. We can save you both time and money. Contact us today at 877-BEN-1776.

READ MORE: When Do You Need to Hire a Plumber?

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