Byron here with you today to discuss some important plumbing regulations for new homeowners, renters, landlords, when remodeling, etc.
(gifs provided to add humor to the subject courtesy of Mollie & BayMaxx)
When making upgrades to your house it is important to consider what people you hire to make those upgrades. As a plumber that has been in the field for over 16 years, I have seen jobs that are so terrible I struggle not to laugh out loud in front of the customer, so dangerous that I have had to kill the power and run, and others simply installed incorrectly that never worked well from day one.
And THAT is why we have codes and laws to follow. Not just because when people don’t it drives me crazy, but the important fact that those codes are not only there to protect the current homeowner, but also future homeowners.
It is always a good idea to check with your local authorities concerning your project because requirements change some from county to county. Regardless, I will give a few examples of things to look for so you can be a little more prepared.
There will always be people who will want to do your project for you, but not all of them are qualified. When planning for an upgrade, it is always good to contact the experts in the particular field. Sometimes a handyman can accomplish the upgrades you require, but sometimes they cannot.
Remember! A good handyman should be perfectly willing to tell you that the project exceeds his license, or what portion of the project does.
Each trade has its own license.
The handyman can do small things, but when you get to AC, electric, plumbing etc., it is best to contact a business in those trades specifically. This is becoming more and more important as new technology is introduced and things are not all the same as they used to be.
There are some tasks for the trades that are illegal for someone without a license to perform. Whatever requires a permit needs to be performed by a licensed contractor for that task, or the homeowner can do it themselves.
This means that for me, as a plumber, I cannot run a new electric line to a new water heater location because a licensed electrical contractor needs to do that. Ask me to do it? Well…
Sometimes these codes and regulations seems burdensome, but the reason they are there is to give security to the owner and future owners that the job is done correctly and will not cause the building structural problems or even health problems down the road.