When you have recently purchased an older home and you are hoping to do some renovations, you may not know where you should start in the process. This is especially true if it is the first time that you have purchased and lived in an older house. Before you jump in and start tearing down wallpaper and ripping up rotted floorboards, get to know some of the important renovation steps that you should take when working on your newly purchased home. Then, you can be sure that your home turns out just the way you are imagining the final product to be.
Check for Leaky Pipes
One of the first steps that you should take when you are beginning renovations on an older home is to check for pipes in your home that are leaking and/or damaged. The best way to start this process is to simply go around your house and check the areas around and underneath your plumbing fixtures. Check the cabinets under your sinks and behind and around toilets.
If you notice any damaged woodwork that seems to be quite stained, soft, or sagging, then you likely have pipes that are leaking or have leaked significantly in the past. During the renovation process, this means that you will want to have a full service plumbing company come out and repair or replace the plumbing that is leaking. You will also want to remove cabinetry that is damaged so you can avoid issues with rot, mold, and mildew.
Have Your Sewer Drain Inspected
Another issue to consider when you are going to be moving into and renovating an older house is the sewer drain for your home. This is the main pipe that carries wastewater from your home to the municipal sewer system.
You never know how the homeowners before you treated the plumbing. There could be major clogs in the sewer line that could cause backup into your home which could, in turn, render some of your renovation efforts completely ineffective (due to the damage sewage backups can cause).
Have your sewer drain inspected and snaked by a full service plumbing company when you move in to ensure that any blockages or clogs get dealt with as soon as possible and before you begin to use the plumbing on an extensive basis. Then, you can be sure that you do not have a sewage leak that destroys your hard work and efforts.
Keep these steps in mind as you begin the renovation process and you will be sure to get started on your home restoration project on the right foot.