Re-Plumbing A Bad Plumbing Situation: What You Need To Know

In general, house flippers know what they are doing, and if they do not, they hire someone to do a job. However, there are the select few flippers that do not know what they are doing, and they refuse to hire a pro. That is when and where you end up with bad plumbing situations. If you have a bad plumbing situation in your home because an inexperienced house flipper did a bad job, here is what you need to know about re-plumbing that not-so-hot plumbing situation. 

First, Do Not Try to Re-Plumb It Yourself

Sure, you want to save money, but in all honesty, you want the bad plumbing fixed and not made worse. A professional plumber who provides residential plumbing services can definitely fix whatever plumbing mess you have and make it better. It is worth the time and the cost to have the job done right. 

A Poorly Installed and Leaking Toilet Needs to Be Removed and Reinstalled

It there is nothing technically or mechanically wrong with the toilet itself and it appears to be a fairly new toilet, the plumber you hire will first remove the toilet to see where the problem is. Then he/she will fix the problem (e.g., a lack of an o-ring, no gasket, poor seal over the sewer pipe, etc.) and reinstall the toilet. 

Incorrect Pipe Sizes Are Replaced

A more common problem from bad house flipping projects is the choice in pipe fixtures. The wrong sizes of pipes may be jerry-rigged from the sink drain to the wall or floor drain, and all kinds of clogs and plumbing problems can then ensue. You should never start with one size pipe and graduate to the next size up or decrease to the next size down to force a plumbing situation to work.

One such example is starting with a sink and vanity that needs a three-quarter-inch drain pipe, but the wall or floor pipes are one inch in diameter. It might not seem like much, but there really are no connecting pipe pieces that are going to make this situation work seamlessly. Your plumber will suggest swapping out the smaller pipes entirely and/or replacing the sink/vanity with one that needs a one-inch pipe to match the one-inch pipe in the floor or wall. If you do not like your current sink/vanity anyway, it may just be the perfect excuse to swap it out for something you do like with pipe requirements that fit with the rest of your home's plumbing. 

Contact residential plumbing services to learn more.