Dangers of Plumbing Remodeling Without a Permit
Are you ready to start your kitchen renovation or bathroom remodeling project? Do you have all your materials, tools, and know-how? Hopefully, you have everything needed, but that doesn’t mean you’re ready to start just yet. If you don’t have the necessary permit, it needs to be taken care of immediately.
There are a few reasons that cities require plumbing permits and most of it has to do with the safety of your home and family. We’re going to discuss a few reasons not to skip obtaining the permit, even if ‘no one would know.’ Keep reading for more information!
No Licensed Professional Would Encourage It
While no licensed professional would encourage working without a permit, a friend of a friend might not feel the same.
They would be more than willing to help you out and for far less than what those guys charge.
It’s a great feeling when people you know and TRUST want to help you with household projects.
However, unlicensed plumbers might encourage a remodel without a permit because he knows his work won’t hold up to inspection. Maybe your area doesn’t require plumbing permits for projects, but having one holds your contractor to a higher standard – especially since it’s your home.
You May End Up Getting Fined
Not applying for and obtaining a plumbing permit might not be an issue in some areas. Some cities don’t require it and make the process optional.
This is why it’s another good reason to working with a plumbing contractor that has experience working in your area.
In those areas that DO require a permit, they’re necessary to avoid fines. Although it might be very possible never to get caught, you could end up with problems and fines down the road when you’re ready to sell.
Another financial risk to consider is not necessarily with government fines, but with your homeowner’s insurance. Bathroom or kitchen remodeling can get tricky, and if a mistake is made without a permit, insurance may opt out of covering it.
It May Not Meet Safety Standards
The worst part about a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project without a permit is the fact it could pose a risk to your family.
No one ever wants to be responsible for a loved one’s injury or illness but, it’s a very real possibility when forgoing a permit. If plumbing is not installed correctly, leaks can happen, resulting in mold.
Mold and mildew can cause a host of breathing problems including asthma and upper respiratory infections. Aside from not wanting to breathe in mold or mildew, a slow leak from a pipe can easily leave water on the floor. This might not be a big deal to adults, but a child might not see this, slip, fall, and hurt themselves.