Renovating your home is a great way to give it a fresh look and increase your property value. But you’ll need to make sure that the renovations you do don’t interfere with your property’s infrastructure. That includes protecting your plumbing system. Home renovations can damage your drains. Neglecting to take your drains into account during your renovation project could end up creating costly problems later on. The Balkan Sewer and Water Main Service team have fixed drain issues caused by renovation projects many times in the past. Here are five of the most common issues we’ve encountered so you can avoid them in your remodeling project.
1. Improperly Dumping Materials Will Damage Your Drains
There is a lot of debris that comes with a home renovation project. All that trash has to go somewhere, but that place shouldn’t be your drains. Don’t get rid of small debris like sawdust, nails, or bits of drywall by flushing them in the toilet, or sweeping them into your floor drains. You should also cover your drains to ensure debris doesn’t accidentally fall into them, either. These items can damage your pipes and cause major (and expensive) blockages in your plumbing system.
The worst item to place in a drain is concrete. Concrete will harden even under water. That means that wet concrete will harden rock solid in your drains, and your plumbing traps as well. Concrete causes irreparable damage your drains, that will result in drain replacement work.
2. Fixtures that Don’t Match Your Drain Size
Bathroom remodels are some of the most popular renovations done on homes. That’s with good reason. HGTV reports that many bathroom remodeling projects return more than the cost of the project when it comes to resale. That makes a bathroom renovation a good investment. But one mistake many bathroom renovations encounter is purchasing fixtures that don’t match your drain size.
Don’t assume your drain size is “standard”, or that the fixtures you are purchasing will fit your current plumbing configuration. Make sure you measure your drains and get fixtures that will work with them. Trying to make different sizes work together is often more trouble than it’s worth. Mismatched piping sizes will damage your drains.
3. Incorrectly Finished Basements
Finishing a basement is a terrific way to increase the livable footprint of your home. It adds living space for your growing family. You can turn it into a new bedroom, a rec room, or even a self-contained apartment. Finishing a basement isn’t as easy as putting up some drywall and laying down some carpet, though.
Consider the potential drainage issues before you finish your basement. That includes correcting current damp issues and preventing new ones in the future. You’ll also want to make sure groundwater has a place to go and that any of the remodeling work doesn’t block your current drains. It’s strongly suggested to perform a HD sewer camera inspection before finishing a basement to ensure no damage your drains exists.
4. Digging Up Landscape Features
Eager to turn your yard into an outdoor oasis? From patios to pools to outdoor kitchens, there are plenty of options when it comes to renovating your outdoor space. Most of them are going to involve digging up your current landscaping to make space. One thing to keep in mind is your home depends on the infrastructure running underneath your garden. That includes your plumbing system. If you start to dig more than a few feet deep, there is a good chance you could hit something important. If it’s a pipe, you could damage it and be at risk of creating a lot of water damage on your property. Your outside yard drains are vital in preventing flooding during heavy rains, or snow melts.
Get a survey done of your property before the remodeling work starts so they can flag the areas to avoid. More important than not damage your drains is preventing utility damage, like a ruptured gas main. Before any digging is done outside your home call 811 for a utility mark out. It is actually the law to call 811 before any shovel hits the ground.
5. Contractor’s Liability Coverage
When you hire a contractor to do your any of your work, don’t forget to ask them about their liability coverage. Ask for their license and insurance, too. Liability coverage gives you peace of mind. If something goes wrong because of something the contractor did, then the insurance will cover the cost of the repairs. Even experienced contractors can make mistakes. It’s worth checking your home owner’s insurance policy as well, especially if you are taking on the renovations yourself.
Are you experiencing issues with your drains during or after a renovation project? Contact the Balkan Drain Cleaning team today. Balkan Drain Cleaning can help you correct the issue and get your renovation project back on track.