Many Austin homeowners will remodel their bathrooms this year. While there is a wealth of information on the Internet about DIY projects, it is important to remember that not all resources offer good information. Homeowners should limit themselves to cosmetic projects and avoid major plumbing tasks. When it comes to actual plumbing procedures, it is important to contact a professional plumber. There are several good reasons for this.
Some Plumbing Projects May Require Permits
In nearly every city, there are special codes for plumbing projects. For example, Austin has special requirements for water heater placement and toilet water consumption. Violations of local plumbing codes may make it very difficult for homeowners to resell their properties in the future. Most homeowners will be required to hire a professional to fix the problem, which will cost even more money. In some cases, violations may result in fines if they cause damage to city property or a neighbor’s property.
Complex Plumbing Projects are More Difficult Than They Look
When it comes to plumbing, not every person’s house is the same. A person posting a DIY project online may have plumbing experience and may own a home where the pipes are easier to access. However, an inexperienced homeowner reading the guide may have more difficulty reaching pipes. Unforeseen problems may leave frustrated homeowners who were attempting to save money paying more than they would have by initially hiring a professional.
Major Projects Must Pass Inspection to be Considered Legal
In addition to obtaining a permit for a major plumbing project, a homeowner must have an inspector approve the completed project while the pipes are still exposed. Passing this inspection can be more difficult than most people anticipate. If problems are found, homeowners can expect to pay more to fix them.
Homeowners may be able to fix leaky faucets or use a drain cleaner for minor clogs. However, any major project that involves working with pipes should always be left to a professional. When this time comes, contact us at ABC Home & Commercial Services for reliable and fast service. Our Austin plumbing specialists have been in the business for years and they know what it takes to complete a project correctly.
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