Renovating your home can be both fun and rewarding. However, you have to ensure you understand the ins & outs of working with the electrical wiring, plumbing, fixtures and even obtaining permits. Review the following details before starting your home renovation to prevent unnecessary problems.

Electrical Wiring Systems

If you need to add more power to your home, consider having your electrical service panel inspected to ensure it can handle your power usage requirements. Electrical outlets should be grounded and be equipped with current GFCI outlets in the kitchen and bathroom. In addition, if you have to open up the walls during a renovation, it may be a good idea to upgrade the electrical systems if it is outdated. Consider also adding special amenities such as a home intercom system or cable wiring.

Plumbing Systems

The type of plumbing work needed depends greatly on your overall renovation project. If you are planning to renovate your bathroom or kitchen, your fixtures may need to be replaced, including pipes if there is severe water damage present. The plumbing may also be corroded and need to be replaced as well. Check over all showers, tubs, sinks, faucets and showerheads to ensure there are no issues to the pipes before making any changes.

Fixtures

If your renovation project consists of adding large fixtures such as a bathtub, whirlpool or new countertops. Double check that your measurements are accurate before purchasing the appliances. The purchase of the wrong type of fixtures can set your project back by weeks if you have to send back your appliances and then have them special ordered.

Permits

There may be certain permits required and local building codes that must be followed in order to complete your housing renovation project. If the renovation is, just aesthetic and you are only painting and refinishing floors, you probably do not require a permit. However, if you are conducting a large renovation, which includes knocking down or putting up new walls, changing the electrical wiring system or plumbing, check with the city's building department to determine what type of permits are needed. If you do not obtain the necessary building codes, you can be fined by the city and the project put on hold as a result.

Dealing with electrical wiring can be dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken. Consider consulting with an experienced contractor, such as Three Rivers Plumbing, if you are unfamiliar with how to do any home renovations yourself. 

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