What do you plan to do? Have a clear idea of your vision and end goal. Communicate it clearly and early to your plumber. Make a plan together for how the project will be completed, knowing that this plan may evolve throughout the project. He or she may be able to suggest new technology, special tools, or other ideas to save you time and money. When should you schedule the work to be done? Plumbing projects can be completed any time of the year. For outdoor projects, or projects that involve running new pipes, plumbers may have easier access to house foundations, crawl spaces and basements during times when the job site isn’t covered in snow or saturated by rain. You’ll save money by making the plumber’s job as easy as possible for him or her to access the work areas.
Considerations to make when doing a project that involves plumbing, such as who is going to do the work? Some people choose to do all, or a large portion, of the work themselves. Instructions for DIY plumbing projects can be found online on sites like YouTube and Family Handyman. Even if you don’t have the skills to complete the project, you may be able to save on your labor bills by installing a toilet, picking up parts, or doing a permit application yourself. If this interests you, you’ll want to choose a plumber who is open to receiving this type of assistance.
Your building contractor may be able to help with some parts of a plumber’s project. He or she could cut holes for pipes, build walls around large fixtures like 1-piece acrylic showers, or install shower doors. You may not be saving money by doing this, but if your plumber is delayed, your contractor can help everyone stick to the timeline.
You may be required to hire a certified plumber to meet building codes. There are certain local areas and types of projects that get special consideration. A licensed plumber has completed years of training and has passed courses to get his or her license. Licensed and insured plumbers have made a large investment in their education and their business, so you get work that meets or exceeds current safety standards and is backed by a professional.
At the beginning of any project, you’ll need to locate your water source, whether it’s a well or a city water line. In the case of a new house or building, you’ll need to decide where the main water line will enter and what areas of the house or building it will need to serve. Consider the location of the kitchen, wet bar, bathrooms, basement, outdoor spigots, and outdoor showers. Remember that trees with strong roots can infiltrate water pipes and cause problems so plan your landscaping carefully.
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