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7 Remodeling Issues With Your thBathroom You May Not Notice!

1. Structural deficiencies in the floor framing:
It is very common when doing a bath remodel to find floor joists that have been notched by plumbers in a manner that leaves the joist too weak to perform properly. This is particularly problematic when installing a new tile floor which will crack if the floor is not stiff enough!

2. Old corroded plumbing:
Doing a bathroom renovation is a great time to deal with old corroded cast iron or galvanized drain lines and galvanized water supply lines. Even copper water supply lines can be hidden problems if there are corroding joints.

3. Tile tub surrounds and Tile showers that aren’t waterproof:
Modern plumbing codes require that showers have waterproof walls be waterproof, however, even many modern installations are not properly waterproofed and certainly older installations were not typically built with any type of waterproof membrane. Since tile and grout are not waterproof in and of themselves, this leads at best, to problems with water vapor moving around inside your walls, and at worst, to outright leaks and deterioration.

4. Mold loves old bathrooms and cheap contractors:
I have never done done a full gut bathroom remodel and found mold free wall cavities. Lack of waterproofing behind tile, insufficient ventilation and other design and installation issues, combined with lots of moisture on a daily basis, make bathrooms a mold prone problem spot.

5. You’re lucky enough to have a vent fan but it’s not doing squat:
It never ceases to amaze me how many times a vent fan is installed without a duct, installed with a duct that dumps moist air into the attic or the basement, or installed with a duct to the exterior but the ducting is leaking like a sieve.

6. Someone made a board game out of your load bearing wall framing:
In a previous remodel, an evil genius or a complete moron cut, hacked and generally butchered the wall studs in a load bearing wall and by some miracle your house is still standing. This is something that is much less fun to find out after the ceiling or roof caves in.

7. Your plumbing may not be vented properly:
Modern plumbing codes have changed the ways plumbers run vent lines for your sink, tub, shower or toilet. Insufficient venting can cause drains to gurgle or traps to be sucked dry, and can contribute to drains stopping up.

If your are doing a major upgrade to your bathroom consider doing a “full gut.” Removing all the plaster from the walls and ceilings, and removing the sub-floor, allow years of accumulating problems to be dealt with in one fell swoop. When done by S&S Construction, with expertise in bathroom remodeling, you end up with a zero problems bathroom that will function flawlessly and add tremendous value to your home for many years to come.

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Top Pro Tips on How to Hire a Contractor

Whether you’re looking to hire a plumber, flooring expert or general contractor, there are definitely things to consider before doing so. The following are some recommendations to help your renovation run a bit smoother.

Get Recommendations

Its always a good idea to start by asking your friends and family. You can also talk with a building inspector, who will know which contractors routinely meet code requirements. Also, visit your local lumber yard. The associates there regularly see contractors and know which contractors buy quality materials as well as those that pay their bills timely.

Do Phone Interviews

Once you have assembled your prospect list, make a call to each and ask them the following questions:

  • Do they take on projects of your size?
  • Are they willing to provide financial references, such as from suppliers?
  • Can they provide a list of previous clients?
  • How long have they worked with their subcontractors?

Answers to these questions will provide information on their availability, reliability, the attention they will be willing to provide to your job as well as how smoothly the work will go and the timely completion of the job.

Meet Face to Face

Based on your telephone interviews, select three to four contractors to interview in person. A contractor should be able to answer your questions satisfactorily and in a manner in which it puts you at ease. At the same time, do not let personality fool you. Contact the Better Business Bureau to verify contractors do not have a history of disputes with clients or their subcontractors.

Set A Payment Schedule

Payment schedules often times will speak to the contractor’s financial status and work ethic. Be cautious if they want half the bid up front: it could possibly mean they are experiencing financial troubles or perhaps they are afraid you won’t pay the rest after you’ve seen their work. Large projects usually start with a down payment of 10% of thee contract value, three payments of 25% spaced over the duration of the project and a the final payment of 15% after you feel they have completed all the punch list items.

Don’t Let Price Be Your Guide

Throw out the low-ball bid. These type of contractors often times try to cut corners. Beyond technical competence, comfort should play an equal to or greater role in your decision making. The single most important factor should be the level of communication between you and the contractor. All things being equal, its better to spend a little more on the job and be comfortable with the chosen contractor than the alternative.

Lastly, Put It In Writing

Draw up a contract detailing every aspect of the project: payment schedule, proof of insurance, including worker’s comp insurance, start and finish dates, products and materials to be used as well as a requirement that the contractor obtain lien releases, that will protect you if he doesn’t pay his bills, from all suppliers and subcontractors. Insisting on a clear contract doesn’t speak to mistrust but rather insuring a successful renovation.

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