Finding a plumber for a self-build or basement refinish

21 October 2021

Do you need a plumber for a self-build or to help you finish your basement? If you’re building your house or finishing your basement on your own, you’ll have to hire a plumber for all the plumbing work. If you do the plumbing yourself but aren’t a plumber, you will be subject to severe penalties from the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) and the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ).

Plumbing for a self-built house

A plumbing plan prepared by a master plumber indicates where you want to install the various appliances and amenities such as the hot water tank, sinks, toilets, washing machine, dishwasher and others. Everything is detailed enough so the plumber knows where to install the plumbing both to supply water to your house and evacuate wastewater. It specifies where vents, main columns, floor drains, cleanouts, valves, toilet flanges, sinks, etc., are meant to go and includes pipe diameters and materials (cast iron, ABS, PVC, PEX, copper, chromed copper, etc.).

Plumbing for a basement refinish

Families often use their unfinished basements as a storage area. When finishing a basement, it’s important to use the right specialized contractors to create a real living space. A master electrician and a master plumber are required for the electrical and plumbing work. Depending on the plumbing work in the original structure, the plumber may have to adapt things to suit your project and where you want items to go. If no basement plumbing was provided in the original plans, the plumber will need to break the concrete slab and install piping, which will result in additional costs and delays.