With summer approaching and the warm weather coming many homeowners are starting to make plans for their renovations. They have been making to-do lists all winter and now that it is warm outside they are getting ready to start making their plans a reality. But while many homeowners are changing decor, cabinets, and structural items to make the house look more appealing there are other renovations you may want to consider making.
As you start renovations, especially renos in your bathroom and kitchen that require the tearing down of walls, you definitely want to consider redoing your plumbing. Many homeowners do not consider updating their plumbing until a problem – like a leak, flood, clog or smell – arises, and when this happens, they are thrown into panic mode because they know that even a little leak can turn into a major financial crisis.
If you call a plumber while in the middle of a renovation to update your plumbing you can save yourself both time and money in the long run. Rather than renovating your house now, and then having to renovate again after a leak, you should consider doing it all at once. For proof of it’s financial benefits, you can learn more at the Mister Plumber blog which has some great articles about the merits of plumbing installations during a renovation project.
If you call a plumber to redo your plumbing while the walls are open they will be able to take a closer look at the plumbing all around your house and be able to give you an exact estimate for upgrades. If they can see inside your walls they will not have to guess about what the job will entail and can explain to you their exact recommendations.
Many older homes, which are the ones that usually require renovations, have old lead, clay or metal pipes, and over time these pipes erode and can cause leaks around your home and contaminants in your water. If you call a plumber, they can remove these old pipes and install new, plastic pipes that are sure to last many years.
There are many benefits to updating your plumbing while the walls are already open:
- It provides you with peace of mind knowing that your plumbing is in good shape and that it will not need to be updated for many, many years.
- The new, plastic piping prevents most contaminants from reaching you and your family’s drinking water, which makes your home both healthier and safer for your loved ones.
- If you are considering selling your home in the next few years, future homebuyers will be impressed that the plumbing was recently updated. It might even net you a much higher price. Typically plumbing can scare new homebuyers, but if they know it was recently updated they will be more likely to make an offer on your home because it will set it apart from the competition.
Making renovations to your plumbing while the walls are open and construction is already in progress saves you time, money, and frustrations in the future. This summer, when you’re beautifying your home, make sure to turn your attention to functionality as well, paying close attention to the state of your plumbing.