There's a lot that goes into conducting a major remodel of your home. If you're remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, then plumbing has to be a top consideration. Even if your remodel focuses on another part of the home, it's worth consulting with a plumber if you expect to disturb any of your home's pipes or fixtures.
Choosing a plumber for this task can sometimes be challenging. Even if you have a trusted family plumber that you call for emergencies, they may not have the skills to work on a large project. These tips can help you to select a contractor for your project to get the job done on time and on budget.
Consider Working With a General Contractor
Large renovations can benefit from a general contractor. This person's role is to help you manage all aspects of your project and coordinate with other contractors, such as your plumber or electrician. Crucially, general contractors have experience working with trusted tradespeople in a variety of fields. They can help you to choose a reliable plumbing contractor for your project.
Dealing with local building codes is a significant part of any major remodeling project. Depending on what your project involves, you may need to obtain permits and have the city sign off on the final product. Codes can vary (sometimes by quite a lot) between cities, so it's helpful to choose a local contractor who's familiar with regulations in your area.
Scrutinize Licensing and Certifications
Depending on where you live, there may be a meaningful difference between a plumber and a plumbing contractor. Many states require separate licenses for tradespeople who work on larger projects, such as renovations. More importantly, these projects require different skillsets from plumbing emergencies or small-scale work, such as replacing a fixture. Always choose a plumber licensed for the job at hand.
Ask For References
Most emergency plumbing work happens out of sight. While you should expect any plumber to take pride in their work, there are few aesthetic considerations when a basement pipe bursts or an under-sink p-trap leaks. Since the final product of remodeling tends to be more visible, it's a good idea to ask for references and even pictures of previous projects.
Remember that a remodeling project represents a significant investment in your home. It can be tempting to place all of your focus on the more exciting aspects but don't neglect to work with a competent and qualified contractor for the essentials. Choosing an experienced plumber can ensure that your renovation's plumbing remains reliable and trouble-free for years to come. Contact a plumbing contractor for more information.