As the economy slowly improves, consumers are once again reinvesting in their homes, not only to increase possible re-sale value but to add functionality and beauty inside and outside. Two areas that get the most attention are improvements to the bathroom and kitchen, often because these rooms are heavily used each day and are a focal point in many homes.
Follow These Safety Tips During a Bathroom Renovation
Regardless of the type of home improvement project you are considering, following common sense safety precautions should never be dismissed. Whether you choose to handle a bathroom renovation on your own, or hire the design and installation experts at Parada Kitchens & Bathrooms, here are the top 10 safety recommendations we encourage customers to follow with every project.
- If a bathroom renovation is something you have dreamed of for years, you want to make sure all the work is done properly and up to code. For this reason, it is advisable to work with a licensed design and installation professional because of the experience, knowledge, and craftsmanship exhibited in their work. Remember, seeing a building code is one thing — implementing it properly so it passes inspection is a different story all together.
- Ensure all work tasks are fully inspected as the job progresses so nothing “falls through the cracks” or is overlooked.
- Based on the scope of your bathroom renovation, one or more ground fault interrupters need to be installed with electrical outlets placed at required intervals. The number of outlets and interrupters are determined by different factors, such as the size of the bathroom.
- If you are doing work that involves removing or installing electrical outlets, receptacles, or wiring, make sure electricity has been shut off in the room undergoing renovation. There is no reason portable lighting powered from another room cannot be brought in when work begins.
- Remember to wear safety gloves and goggles, especially if your bathroom renovation involves the use of power tools.
- Regardless of a customer’s age, we often recommend installing grab bars in the shower or tub and alongside the toilet for maximum safety. Many are available in styles and colours to match faucets and other accessories, and normally include safety grips.
- Homeowners who expect children to use a bathroom frequently also should think about installing heat regulators on sink faucets as well as in the tub or shower. These devices are inexpensive and will ensure tap water stays at a certain temperature to prevent burns.
- Nothing should be installed in walls without using drywall or other anchors, including towel bars, hooks, shelving, and heavy or wall mounted cabinetry. Grabbing onto a towel bar may not stop your fall, but it could provide an extra second to regain or maintain balance and prevent serious injury.
- Flooring in a tub or shower should always include a non-slip surface to step on, while an area rug with rubberized backing can be placed near a sink or toilet to prevent slip and falls.
Finally, when you have decided it is the right time for a bathroom renovation – whether you do the work yourself or hire a professional – remember to plan what you want, establish a budget, and follow all local building codes and safety regulations. Our showroom is located at 3316 Dundas Street West in Toronto .