Business Bathroom Renovations – Expect the Unexpected!

It can be tricky enough renovating or remodeling a home bathroom because Murphy’s Law always seems to prevail. What you thought would be a weekend DIY project can turn into a month-long hunt for fixtures necessary to complete the job. From pipes to rotting walls, it seems as though something always takes longer to complete than anticipated. Now imagine a small business with limited restroom facilities confronting the same issues. Alongside a kitchen, this is one of the rooms where you may always want to consider hiring a licensed contractor. Here are just a few of the hidden issues you may encounter and why you should start with a contractor rather than calling one in after wasting days (or weeks!) of your valuable time.

OSHA Compliance

What many small businesses may not be aware of is the fact that OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, actually has very specific rules in regards to the size and number of restrooms necessary for each workplace. Even before imagining what kinds of problems you may encounter during the actual labor, keep the government regulations in mind. You can end up with a hefty fine if you aren’t in compliance, even during remodeling, renovations, and repairs.

If the bathroom will be out of order for any length of time, you may want to review OSHA’s guidelines on the use of portable bathrooms for construction sites. Yes, you are a business but the work going on places you in that grey zone within what is considered to be a construction site. All employees, yours and those of the contractor must have reasonable access to the facilities as needed. That’s the law. So then, if the project will take longer than a day or two, you really should investigate renting porta potties, as they are often called, to stay within these guidelines.

Common Issues Holding up Progress

As mentioned above, when remodeling a room with plumbing, you can always expect the unexpected. Pipes may not have burst yet but if they are rusted or worn, chances are you will need to add replacing pipes to the work order. You may also want to consider adding insulation, especially if you live in a cold climate.

In addition, some older buildings may have asbestos insulation which may necessitate a specially licensed removal crew who are trained in the safe handling of this hazardous material. This could also take some time, but it’s not a job you should attempt to do yourself. Finally, black mold, mildew, outdated fixtures and so many other things can also delay the completion of a project. What we’re trying to say here is that it’s a good idea to expect a glitch somewhere because they are ‘normal.’

You may have a wonderful maintenance crew, but when it comes to remodeling, renovating or reconstructing a bathroom, hiring a contractor will always be your safest bet. Keep the above advice in mind and don’t be afraid to contact a professional for advice if required.

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