Sorting out the plumbing is the last big job in a loft conversion.
Most of the preparatory work and the fitting of the furnishings, showers and central heating etc., will have been done during the first fix stage but there is still plenty of things to be done.
WC's, showers in en-suite bathrooms and radiators need to be connected, the waste pipes checked and tested, baths installed and there is bound to be leaks in the new pipes that need to be tracked down and fixed.
One of the most important things for the homeowner at this stage is to make sure all the necessary fittings and supplies are on site ready to be installed by the plumber.
Having everything in one place and ready to go will not only save time and hassle but will also save money.
Having a plumber sitting around twirling his thumbs waiting for pipework to be delivered isn't the cheapest thing in the world.
Many loft conversions nowadays include an en-suite bathroom and making sure the new bathroom suite and the plumber are in the same place at the same time can be an organisational nightmare.
But, assuming you have managed this not inconsiderable feat, don't relax just yet.
Get the bathroom suite unpacked and check it minutely for hairline cracks and other defects. Finding faults after the installation is someplace you really don't want or need to be.
When everything is installed safely the job still isn't over. The seals around shower basins or baths need to be thoroughly checked to make sure there are no leaks.
Joints between baths / shower trays and walls need to be sealed with either silicone mastic or trimming strips to be absolutely watertight. If water is allowed to seep into the new loft room walls there is a huge risk of timber decay and damp spreading throughout the property.
Second Fix Plumbing - Final Checks
Your building inspectors will want to check everything is in order before signing off on the plumbing and they will examine valves and pipes to make sure everything is in order.
Hopefully everything will be fine and once the plumbing is finished and done with your loft conversion is just about finished and ready for the final touches and decorating. Feels great doesn't it!
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