In the age of YouTube, it is super easy to find a video that tells you how to do just about anything, including installing plumbing. The only issue with this is that it is all too easy to watch these videos and give yourself a false sense of confidence about what you can and cannot do. If you are building your own tiny home and trying to save all the money you can, you may even be tempted to forego hiring a plumber for help at all. However, this can be a massive mistake. Here is a look at why you do need a professional plumber when building your own tiny home.
Your plumbing fixtures may have to be custom-made to fit into tight spaces.
The kitchen sink, the shower, the faucets—all of these may have to be an adjusted size to fit into your small living quarters. Plumbers often work with professionals in the industry who can supply custom-made plumbing fixtures to fit into small spaces. Likewise, many things you may need, such as sections of pipe and other plumbing items, may be smaller than what you can go out and buy. A plumber can help you out by picking up just what you need or making it custom for your home.
Plumbing pipes may have to be routed in odd places and ways.
Because you don't have a lot of space to work with, plumbing pipes and water lines may have to be tucked in some pretty odd places. For example, it is not uncommon for tiny homes to have shallow kitchen cabinetry without a lot of extra space for pipes. Therefore, the pipe system may have to be uniquely configured to fit properly. Tiny homes commonly have water lines running through walls, floors, and other places just to keep them from taking up valuable living space elsewhere in the house. Trying to do this on your own can pose a lot of unexpected challenges.
You may have code issues to contend with where plumbing is concerned.
Owners of tiny homes have enough challenges to face as it is. Many properties will not allow tiny homes on them because they are viewed as mobile homes, and in some places, it can be hard to get homeowner's insurance and other necessities. In addition, the code requirements for tiny homes can be unique, and not having professionally installed plumbing can pose some problems.
For more information, call a plumbing contractor.