After struggling for months to make my plumbing system work properly, I started realizing that part of the problem might be the supplies I was using. I began working hard to make sure that things were right, and it became clear to me that I needed to invest in different equipment. It was really incredible to see how much of a difference a few of the right plumbing supplies made, and I was able to get things fixed up. This blog is all about finding great plumbing supplies to make your home better than ever. After all, you never know what you will need to fix.
Sometimes plumbing design in older homes does not make sense. This is often because when the house was built, it did not have indoor plumbing; that came later. As a result, the plumbing was installed in whatever way worked, rather than what would make the most sense design-wise. If you have some plumbing that needs to be replaced, and you know that your old plumbing is installed in some not-so-easy-to-get-to places, warn your plumbing contractor ahead of time. Then expect the following:
Deconstruction with Your Permission
Any plumber worth his or her salt will not just barrel through walls and deconstruct your home to fix your pipes. He or she will first assess the difficulty of the job to determine if there is another way to get to the pipes that need repair or need to be replaced. Even then, the plumber will first ask your permission, so that you understand the gravity of the situation and the need to deconstruct areas of your home to get to the pipes in question. If you grant permission, your plumber will go ahead and open walls and rip out boards, sheet rock, and insulation, if need be, to get to the damaged pipes.
Lots of Leakage and Mess
You are already dealing with a lot of leakage from the bad pipes. However, you should expect more leakage when the plumber goes to work. Even though he/she does his/her best to turn off the water supply and prevent extra water damage, there will still be water present in the damaged pipes. It will spill out as the plumber pulls the damaged pipes out and installs new ones. Anything that suffered water damage before the plumber arrived is up to you to clean up. The plumber usually only cleans up anything related to the work mess he/she creates.
Cleaning up and Restoring Walls and Floors
Plumbing contractors are there for the plumbing. While your plumber removed some walls and/or flooring to access the pipes, he/she is not there to restore this stuff. This is not because the plumber does not care. It is because the plumber does not have the working knowledge or skill set to put the wall/floor materials back and rebuild what had to be pulled. For that, you will need either a mold remediation specialist, a general contractor, and/or a construction contractor to restore the missing parts and cover the new and newly exposed pipes.