Dangers of Plumbing Remodeling Without a Permit
Are you ready to start your plumbing remodeling, 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.
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Plumbing Permit Requirements
There are many reasons that cities require plumbing permits. Most of it has to do with ensuring the safety of your home and family. We’re going to discuss a few reasons not to skip obtaining the permit, even if it seems like no one would find out. Keep reading for more information!
Licensed Plumbing Contractors
While no licensed plumber would encourage working without a permit, an untrained or unlicensed person might not feel the same way.
They may be more than willing to help you out. They often charge far less than what an experienced, professional plumbing remodeling company charges.
It’s a great feeling when people you know and TRUST want to help you with household projects.
However, unlicensed plumbers might encourage remodeling without a permit because they know their work won’t hold up to inspection. Maybe your area doesn’t require plumbing permits for projects, but having one holds your plumbing contractor to a higher standard – especially important since it’s your home, and you’ll be living with the results.
Remodeling Without a License/Permit Can Cost You
Not applying for and obtaining a plumbing permit might not be an issue in some areas. Some cities don’t require it or make the permitting process optional.
This is another good reason to work 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.
Your Remodeling Project 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.
What plumbing work can be done without a license/permit?
Every state varies in regard to its limitations for what work can be performed without a permit or license, and everyone always asks “can I do plumbing without a license? or “what plumbing work can be done without a license?” Generally speaking, you can replace components and not need a permit. For example, switching out your showerheads or sink faucets do not typically require a permit.
However, any time you are adding in new water or waste line it is almost certain you will need a permit. Some counties and cities require permits for water heaters since they are larger components and can impact life safety due to the water temperature if set wrong.
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