Basement Rough-In Service in Chicago, IL
An Expert Rough-In Service in Chicago for a Complete Peace of Mind Over Your Basement Transformation
Basement renovations across Chicago are incredibly popular. The belief that basements are cold, damp, and unusable, is slowly becoming dispelled as more and more people look to the space underneath their homes to create a beautiful living environment that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Similarly, many new construction projects are making full use of the potential of basements to be incorporated into the overall living space that a property has. Basements can be used as beautiful bedroom spaces, living rooms, and bathrooms, or any combination.
However, to make a basement the usable space that it has the potential to be, there are a number of key essentials that need to be installed. Importantly, a basement needs to have access to water and electricity, if it is ever going to play an important role in the floor plan of a property.
Whether you’re considering a basement renovation or looking at utilizing the space when designing a new-build, a plumbing rough-in is an essential part of the construction, and something that should always be undertaken by a professional in Chicago.
What Is a Basement Rough-In?
A basement plumbing rough-in is the first stage of plumbing in a basement. At this stage, the basement will still be in the very early stages of renovation or construction; the framing will be in place but none of the plastering will have been completed, and the floor will likely be uncovered.
A rough-in project involves the installation of the water supply and all of the necessary drain pipes. All of the pipe connections will be made, and the general pipe layout will be installed. This is achieved by boring holes through the studs in the framework and installing the necessary floor pipework.
The rough-in is finished before any of the fixtures are in place. For a basement bathroom, the rough-in would involve the pipework installation before such a point where sinks, showers, toilets, or baths, have been installed and connected.
The term ‘rough-in’ is normally used in either an electrical or a plumbing context, and the general principle for both is the same. For electrical rough-ins, all the essential electrical wires will be installed, but the final connections, such as to light switches or electrical outlets, will not be made. Normally, any gas pipes required will also be installed at the same time as the electrical and plumbing rough-ins.
A rough-in is considered to be a permanent installation, without any final connections being made. While there is some room for adjustment before the walls or flooring have been finished, the pipework is intended to be a permanent fixture.
Why Is It So Important to Hire a Professional for the Project?
A plumbing rough-in must be undertaken by a professional plumber for multiple reason. As a rough- in is a permanent fixture, it has to be done correctly so that when it comes time to install the fixtures, everything is perfectly in place and in working order.
The process is also very complex and quite extensive. The rough-in involves all pipes for future connections and is designed to be in place for many years. Not only does the pipework have to be perfect for the property-owners, but it also has to be up to scratch for inspection. With a professional plumbing service in Chicago, your plumber will make sure that all the work is perfect before the professional building inspector makes a visit – saving you time and money.
Inspecting the Basement Rough-In
The rough-in is normally performed before the first inspection takes place on either the renovation or the new construction. As the walls and flooring are completely open at this point, it makes it much easier for the inspection to take place and any adjustments to be made, at either the request of the inspector or the homeowner/construction manager.
Before the inspection takes place, a professional plumber will lay the essential drainage and supply lines, leaving the walls and floor fully open for the inspection. The inspector will arrive and assess the work that has been completed, normally at the same time as the electrical wires and gas pipes are assessed.
If the pipework passes the inspection, and the homeowners are content with the placement of the pipes, then the building work can continue onto the next stage.
The inspection is an essential part of any building project. The building needs to be structurally secure after the pipework has been installed, and the work will need to be up to scratch to prevent certain future problems, like broken pipes that can occur when the pipes are not correctly fastened, from occurring.
It’s also important to plan out the rough-in stage correctly to prevent any of the plumbing work breaking codes. In Chicago, there are a number of codes that plumbers need to adhere to at all times, to prevent work from having to be altered or completely removed. Some of the common codes that apply in the case of basement renovations, include:
• Ensuring that the slope of the drain pipe is correct to avoid problems like backflow and leakage.
• Not leaving a suitable amount of space between the wall of the basement and any toilets installed.
• Making sure that there are the right number of sewer clean-outs.
What Happens After Basement Rough-In Plumbing?
Once the electrical and plumbing rough-ins have passed inspection, then the drywall and flooring will be installed. It’s essential that any changes to the plumbing or electrical work are undertaken before this stage, to prevent costly alterations and another rough-in inspection.
As soon as the walls and flooring are finished, the end-point fixtures can be installed to complete the room. For a basement, the end-point plumbing structures may include the toilet, wash basins, showers, or bathtubs. At this point, the electrician will also install the end-point fixtures, such as light switches and outlets.
After all the structures have been installed in the basement, the second inspection will take place to assess the work. If all the work is deemed to be up to scratch and adheres to code, then this inspection will be the final visit and the building permit will be approved. If the work is not deemed suitable, it must be changed, and another inspection will need to take place before the building permit can be granted.
Once everything is approved, and your Arco plumber in Chicago has inspected the work to make sure that everything is installed to perfection, you’re ready to enjoy your new basement space to its fullest!
Why Should You Choose Arco Plumbing to Take Care of Your Basement Rough-In?
When it comes to renovations and new constructions, you want the project to move on through the stages as quickly as possible, without having to delay a project because the essential fixtures weren’t up to scratch. At Arco Plumbing, we understand the importance of getting a rough-in right the first time around.
Our team pride themselves on quality workmanship, no matter the project or the extent of the work that needs completing. With Arco Plumbing in Chicagoland, you’re getting a friendly and professional service that commits themselves to delivering the best, every single time.
From professional assistance with stunning basement renovations and essential rough-ins, to emergency plumbing work, and expert help with any of the plumbing in your home, Arco plumbing has you covered.
Call us today for a quality rough-in service that will never let you down.