Getting pipes checked by a bathroom plumber for renovations in Sydney
Before the team at Nu-Trend renovates a bathroom in Sydney we conduct a full CCTV camera inspection of the plumbing system, a high pressure water jet blast and waste services pipe inspection. A lot of renovation contractors in Sydney won’t take these extra steps, but this is the attention to detail that we carry out for every project to make sure that all the elements of your bathroom are working perfectly.
There is no point having a beautiful bathroom if the plumbing servicing the room isn’t working very well. Taking these steps can help discover issues like cracked clay earth piping or even incorrectly installed plumbing.
What were the bathroom plumbing problems that we found?
It would be easy for us to renovate a bathroom and ignore any underlying issues because technically they are not part of our scope of work, although that is how we operate. Nu-Trend provides a high quality renovation service that takes into consideration your interior design ideas and how well it will function over a long period of time, this includes your plumbing system.
We are able to deliver this because Nu-Trend is also a qualified bathroom plumber in Sydney that has the skills and expertise to detect things like water leaks, failed water proofing, cracked pipes, blocked drains and other typical plumbing problems in houses, units or apartments.
What other renovation companies in Sydney might do is ignore these areas and then, if required, charge for a second visit later on to fix these types of issues which then costs even more money. So a cheap bathroom renovation quote can end up costing even more money down the track.
Of course, one of the benefits of completely demolishing a room to get it ready for renovation is that everything is stripped back to the room’s framework so that each element can be inspected carefully. This can ensure the structure of the room and all the surfaces are prepared to a high standard ready to be used for a renovation. This is where people get confused between a bathroom remodel or a make over that is simply covering over existing potential problems.
What bathroom plumbing problems can exist in an old house getting renovated?
In the example above we were renovating an old home in Ermington, Sydney and we had stripped the room back and discovered extensive termite damage the room had (See the story here) Once all of that was repaired we then started the next step which was to inspect all the piping.
It would have been easy for us to ignore it and continue renovating, but this is the difference between choosing a qualified and experienced bathroom renovation company in Sydney vs using general trades.
What we discovered were;
- There was cracked pipes where the original piping was still being used.
- The more modern repairs had used PVC piping that was installed illegally.
Why did this matter?
Well by not having legally installed plumbing it can lead to blockages and the improper flow of waste water from the property. The cracked piping can obviously create leaks under the house which can cause bad smells or odours. This can eventually create moisture that the timber floor joists soak up – another attraction for pests like termites or rats.
As qualified plumbers we created another variation for this property owner to the scope of works and set about correcting the issues for them which would make sure that when the renovation was completed everything would be installed to a high standard.
What is a variation?
The term variation’ normally refers to changes that are required during a renovation that are different to what was originally agreed upon in signed building or design contracts – or any contracts really. One example is a situation where damage to a concrete slab is detected that would prevent the safe renovation of a room. The variation would be the repair of the slab before work can continue. Another example could be if you choose materials to be used, like floor tiles, but then change your mind and they need to be removed or others bought, this would be a variation in the original scope.
What is a variation?
A variation may be required during a building or renovation project when a contract has been agreed to for a specific scope of work, but extra work or a change to the agreed work is required. The variation can be agreed to by both parties to adjust the scope of work so the project can continue.
Can you avoid a variation?
The very simple answer is yes, it is possible to avoid a variation in your renovation project - just stick to what was agreed to. Although this is simplifying the situation because every single renovation or building project will be different and has to be treated that way. We will do everything possible to avoid a variation as it is in our interest to get the renovation completed on budget and on time. Although sometimes it will be necessary, especially when we discover building damage or things that haven't been done according to building code.
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