A plumbing checklist is very important before you start your home renovation. It safeguards your renovation investment. Do a proper inspection of your home so you can spot out a potential problem that will save your rework if anything goes awry. Plumbing is something not to be taken lightly. If there is any leakage or seepage due to faulty plumbing, a lot of problems can occur causing not only damage to the property but also some health problems.
Plumbing is not about pipes confined to your bathrooms, kitchen or laundry, but you may have pipes traversing your home, between walls and under floors. There will be pipes from the roof to the ground; all this has to be taken into account. There are some important areas you have to consider and check before going in for any kind renovation, so you don’t have to repent later.
Check Taps and Drainage- Sewerage blockages and pressure issues have the potential to flood your home if not kept in check. Nobody wants their waste pipes to reverse its course and let the waste back flooding the house with filth.
Check underneath the Tiles- Knock on tiles to check for a hollow sound, this is a sure pointer that waterproofing has been compromised and that they are not adhered properly. This can cause dampness and mold formation which can be a threat to the structure and also a health hazard.
Check the Roof- Ensure roof and guttering is intact. Loose tiles can infuse damp into your ceilings and walls thus causing your home to become damp and harming its strength. This dampness can affect your electric wiring which is concealed and could lead to short circuits. Make sure your home is waterproofed.
Check the Gardens- Garden or yard drainage is another aspect which needs your attention, if you have a yard. Poor drainage may be a symptom of broken pipes or blockages; this may lead to flooding indoors and outdoors.
If you are buying an old home, get a home inspector to do the inspection and then rectify the fault. You may also ask the seller to provide you with a drainage map so you know the locations of all your drains; this will come handy if you want to go in for repairs or renovation. It is always better to be cautious and take precautions than to regret later.
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