Planning For Your Plumbing Needs




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Planning ahead is important in every step of a renovation, and with plumbing it’s an absolute necessity. Because plumbing rough-ins happen at an early stage of the remodel, you need to know exactly what you want right from the get go. Also, any changes to your home’s plumbing system requires a permit. In order to get that permit, you’ll need a detailed plan. In the majority of cases, your contractor will deal with getting the permits, so work closely with him or her on what you want and he or she will determine the best ways to make your wants and needs fit within the proper building and plumbing codes.


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Plumbing Basics

Your home’s plumbing system is pretty simple. It consists of two separate subsystems. One brings freshwater in, and the other takes waste out. But while this basic system is very simple, every house differs on how much water it needs, and where it has to go.
Before you call in a plumber make sure you have all of your supplies (vanity, fixtures, toilet, etc) on hand, and you need to be able to answer the following questions:



Make sure you know exactly how the bathroom(s) will be laid out and what types of fixtures and fittings you’ll be installing.

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Laundry Room

Laundry rooms are usually pretty standard in terms of their plumbing needs, but depending on the size of the room you may want to add special features

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Your plumber will be able to tell you what’s possible in terms of placement and building codes, but it’s very important that you fully understand your budget and needs – including the types of fixtures you’ll be using – so that the finished product matches your expectations.



Plumbing Permits and Inspections

As discussed, changes to your home’s plumbing system require a permit, and in order to close that permit and move on to the next phase of the renovation you will need to have the work inspected. Since the person who applied for the permit is usually responsible for notifying the building inspector when the work is complete, in most cases the contractor will take care of this and arrange for the inspection. But either way, as the homeowner it’s ultimately up to you to make sure your renovation is happening legally, so be informed and communicate with your contractor.

Reno to Reveal - Planning for your plumbing needs


Depending on the work that’s been done, the inspector will be looking for a few different things. Their main purpose is to confirm the safety and legality of the system, which can involve checking fixtures to make sure the installation is correct, and checking vents, traps and lines. They’ll also be checking to make sure the plumber who did the work is properly licensed.

Once you pass the inspection you can move on to the next phase.


Photos courtesy of Skit Inc Uponor, and Frigidaire

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