Plumbing has been around for quite some time. It was first used by the Romans and later the rest of the world. It is hard to imagine what the world would be like without the comfort and ease of pipes bringing us fresh water and removing our waste water. Historically, there have been many variations of types of pipes used. Pipes have evolved from the unsafe lead pipes, later to cast iron and steel. Now the most common materials are copper and PVC. As a home owner there may be times that you may either have a plumbing issue, want to upgrade a plumbing system or need the plumbing accessed for installation of appliances or fixtures.
When addressing a plumbing issue there are many variables such as the type of project you’re working on. If it is new installation there are many more steps beyond just repair work or remodeling. For example, if you are having a new plumbing system installed, a proper blueprint and design is crucial. These plans and blueprints need to be approved according to plumbing codes, permits acquired and inspections done on any new plumbing installation. If you need to repair an existing plumbing system, you’ll need to be aware of the proper procedures and materials necessary to properly complete the job.
Tips for Installing New Plumbing
The best way to stay within a reasonable budget is to accurately estimate the amount of materials needed, the manpower and the installation time properly. It is also important to have a set of approved blue prints, acquire the proper permits, schedule inspections and be ready for the inspection with all of the plumbing installed properly to code.
During new construction, plumbing is done along every phase of construction from the very first part of foundation work, after framing with rough-in of the pipes, and finally the installation of all the finish fixtures like toilets, sinks, faucets and showerheads. It is therefore important that the plumbing is done along the proper timeline and done expediently so as not to cause time lags for other craftsmen. It is also extremely important to have all inspections done throughout the process, which need to be done before the next phases of construction can start or continue.
It is imperative to check the entire home for leaks before covering anything up that would be difficult to access by closing up any walls.
Why Use a Professional
In all large-scale plumbing installations it is important to be aware that the plumber is not the only craftsman that will be needed. In many cases, there are carpenters and other craftsmen that not only depend on the plumber to accurately complete their tasks but depend on inspections to continue their work. Therefore, having a professional and licensed contractor to coordinate the different craftsmen in a large-scale project is important. The contractor will also ensure that all of the codes are followed, permits are acquired and inspections are completed in a timely manner. The contractor also has relationships with experienced plumbers and can determine the best specialist for the needs of your project. It is the most cost effective decision to have a contractor to make sure there are no time delays or missed inspections.
A professional contractor will also ensure the skilled plumber will be contracted for the length of the entire project and then stand behind his work when it is finished. The skilled plumber has connections on material and fixtures so as to get you the best price. They also have the knowledge, skills and tools to guarantee their work.
Most importantly, the plumber carries extra insurance and is bonded specifically for plumbing in case of any water related damage to the structure of the project. Also, the licensed contractor will carry the proper insurance to ensure the protection of your structure.
If you’re in need of an experienced plumber for a new system or just a minor plumbing problem, give Hatter and Sons, Incorporated a call today. Call Philip Hatter @ (540) 569-6351.