We’re not exaggerating when we say remodeling without the proper permits can be dangerous! While you may think you’re getting a good deal and saving a few bucks by skipping a plumbing permit, this notion couldn’t be further from the truth.
Cities and towns put requirements in place not so they can make money, but so they can protect their residents. This protection comes both in the form of financial and health so it should be taken seriously.
We’re explaining why bathroom and kitchen remodeling projects should never forego the proper permits. Keep reading for thoughts about permits and their necessity!
Your Local Plumber Is the Top Choice
When choosing a plumber for your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project, you should be wary of anyone who encourages you not to have a permit.
Licensed, professional plumbers know their work is up to par and will pass any inspection thrown their way.
Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case for plumbers who are unlicensed. While you may be dealing with someone you know and trust, they could potentially put you at risk by incorrectly installing plumbing work.
When dealing with unlicensed plumbers that you DON’T know, you also run the risk of having them skip town if things go south or charging you an arm and a leg to fix mistakes they made. Typically these mistakes can be avoided by following the standard set forth by the plumbing permit.
What Happens When the City Inspects Your Remodel?
You might view paying the fee for a permit as ‘being fined.’ Well, that ‘fine’ is a whole lot less expensive than what can happen if your city’s inspector decides to shut your project down.
It is entirely possible that an inspector could issue a stop work order on your remodel and require you to pay an actual fine in addition to the fees for the needed permit. This may be the best scenario if the city finds out.
The inspector could also require any additions that have been made to be removed under a demolition permit. Only after the additions have been removed, will you be able to file for a proper plumbing permit and finally be able to restart your bathroom or kitchen remodeling project.
Shoddy Remodels Are a Safety Concern
Although cities have quite a reputation for ‘swindling’ money from residents, a plumbing permit shouldn’t be placed in that category.
Safety is the number one concern. This is because when plumbing is installed incorrectly, mold and mildew grow.
Aside from appearing unclean, mold and mildew can make you and your family ill. These growths can cause asthma-like illnesses and respiratory infections. The only way to remove mold permanently from your home is to hire a mold remediation specialist.
Don’t Risk It!
When you’re ready to take on a bathroom or kitchen remodeling project, don’t risk it by not filing for a plumbing project! While you’re at it, take time to call a licensed, professional plumber like Genmor Plumbing!
Genmor Plumbing offers solid warranties, honest service, and will guarantee you and your family’s safety. Call us today for your free estimate!