Over time, it’s natural to want to embark on home improvement projects. These are important for making your home better fit your needs and those of your family but can also help improve usability and add value to the property. However, while many projects can be done on your own, there are those that will require the help of professional plumbers. Which home improvement projects need professional support?
Installing New Fixtures
Any time you decide to install a plumbing fixture where there was not one before, you’ll need a licensed plumber. For instance, suppose you decide to turn your basement into a granny flat, complete with its own bathroom. You will need a plumber to install water supply lines, as well as drains for the sink, toilet, bath and shower. If there is a kitchenette in the granny flat, you will need a plumber to install water lines and drain lines to that sink, as well. Any new plumbing fixture should be professionally installed.
Expanding Your Shower
While replacing one tub with another might not require much in the way of plumbing expertise and knowledge, if you decide that you want to expand your shower, you’ll want to work with licensed plumbers in your local area. This is because there’s a great deal that must be done. It’s not just installing a shower pan and connecting the drain. You may need custom tile work, or the drain may need to be relocated to another area of the floor. If you are thinking about creating a wet room, the entire room’s floor and the walls will all need to be waterproofed. These are just a few examples of why you need a licensed plumber to help.
It might seem like installing a new dishwasher is a simple process – just pull out the old unit, and connect the new one, right? Actually, there’s a lot more to it. You could find that you need to anchor the new dishwasher to the back wall, or that the water supply and drain lines that worked with your old unit do not fit the new one. You may need longer water lines, or you might find that connecting the power is tricky.
These are just some of the home improvement projects that call for working with professional plumbers. Hiring a professional ensures that your project gets off on the right foot, but also that you don’t encounter cost overruns or inadvertently damage your home.