Adding a major addition to your house is one of the most exciting, as well as the most disrupting, home renovations. You’ve probably spent close to a year with an architect and a contractor hammering out every last detail. Hours and hours have been spent shopping for the appliances and elegant new fixtures you’ll put in the new space. While visions of brushed nickel fixtures are still dancing in your head, it’s always wise to take a moment to consider the humble plumbing. Here are three major issues to contemplate before you bring in the brawn.
Peruse The Pipes
Pulling down plaster or wallboard opens up an opportunity to inspect the existing plumbing for leaks, weaknesses, and corrosion. In particular, check the pipes where different materials are connected, for these areas are prone to seepage and jury-rigged putty fixes.
Should your older home contain polybutylene pipe, rusting galvanized piping, ancient iron piping, or especially lead fittings or lead piping, a whole-home re-pipe should be a priority in your addition plans. It’s always cheaper to replace old plumbing when your house is already stripped to the studs.