Why Bathroom Renovations Can Get Out of Hand: Plumbing Edition
November 22, 2023

Doing simple renovations like painting or knob replacements on your own is one thing. Tackling more complex bathroom renovations like moving plumbing or adding lighting is dangerous for the average consumer. Below, we list the reasons why it is vital that you trust the professionals to perform renovations for you. Keep reading to understand the dangers of DIY bathroom renovations.

Water Damage

Water damage is one of the top claims from home insurance, with estimates calculating that they account for up to 50% of all home insurance claims in Canada. Common reasons for such a claim include leaking or broken pipes, toilet flooding, or clogged pipes. All of these can be caused directly by improper plumbing renovations in the bathroom.

If your bathroom renovations cause water damage, you may be looking at tens of thousands of dollars in home repairs. Water damage is more than just water on the floor; it can lead to swollen or rotting floorboards, walls or ceilings. On top of this, it easily creates the perfect conditions for mould and mildew to grow. A few swollen baseboards can be a simple fix, but prolonged exposure to water damage can put your health at risk, along with any other human or pet that lives in the home.

Mould and mildew can cause respiratory infections, worsen asthma symptoms, or attack immunocompromised individuals, to name a few of the dangers. It spreads through spores in damp areas, making your bathroom a prime target. This means that failure to perform bathroom renovations properly can result in severe bathroom damage as well as severe health risks.

Drainage or Flow Problems

Less of a health risk and more of a sanitary and financial risk, bathroom renovations done DIY-style can mean pipes do not operate as intended. Bad plumbing renovations in the bathroom can lead to clogging-prone or running-prone toilets, pipe leaking, as well as water pressure issues in taps and showerheads. Not only are these annoying to deal with, but they can stack up in cost when they constantly need fixing. Sometimes, if you attempt to fix this with another DIY solution, you might end up causing irreversible damage to your home.

Insurance Protection Void

Most home insurance products and mortgages have a clause about DIY home renovations. If you do not hire a professional to do the work properly, insurance might not accept your claims against unfortunate outcomes from your DIY project. While this is not always the case, always do your due diligence and check your mortgage agreement and talk to your insurance broker before performing any DIY bathroom renovations.

Knocking down walls, moving pipes or wires, or installing pipes or wires can be a dangerous thing for an untrained individual to do on their own. On top of the materials you will need to buy and the equipment you will need to rent or purchase, you may end up requiring the help of a professional, after all.

Proper Bathroom Renovations with Peak Improvements

Often, plumbing issues caused by untrained people can only be fixed by qualified professionals. If you are looking to do any bathroom renovations, it’s best to rely on professionals to do it right the first time to save you time and money over the long haul. For all your bathroom renovation needs, Peak Improvements is the perfect contractor. Our turnaround times are as short as a few weeks, up to 10 weeks and proper care is always given to each project. Contact Peak Improvements to set up a time to chat about your bathroom renovation needs today.

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