This was some plumbing that we recently repaired. The customer had a leak in their kitchen ceiling whenever the bathroom upstairs was used. What was baffling was that the bathroom had been remodeled about five years ago. We made some initial repairs that we felt would solve the problem. The commode was loose because the wax ring had lost its seal, and the tub spout line was cracked leaking into the wall. Those repairs were completed. The customer called us back saying the leak was still there. We opened the ceiling of the kitchen to further investigate and found a mortar base under the ceramic tiles in the bathroom. The ceramic tile was fairly new and a mortar base is not a traditional method for installing tile these days. It was done many years ago in older homes. This house was not that old. Whoever installed the mortar base got carried away and the water lines were encased in the mortar base. Not being able to do much from underneath, we had to open the bathroom tile floor and break out the mortar base. We found this plumbing mess encased in the mortar and it was leaking. The piece of hose on the plastic line is not anywhere near close to a proper installation and would never have passed an inspection. Having this all encased in the mortar base just made the whole project to repair this quite expensive. This shoddy work ended up costing the customer several thousand dollars to get repaired properly.
In the current economy it can be very difficult to justify the investment in getting home repairs done properly, but the cost of not getting the work done correctly can be disastrous to your wallet and potentially can cause someone to get hurt or die. Going with a reputable contractor is the best way to insure that the work gets done properly, safely, and up to code. If you are unsure of a contractor, get references and ask for proof of insurance, and Workers Comp. Check on Angie’s List. Any reputable contractor will be more than happy to meet your request for this information. In the City of Cincinnati, a Contractor has to be registered to get a permit, do the work, and get it inspected. If work requires a permit and you don’t get one, you may find yourself having to pay to undo the previous work and pay to have it done again. There is no savings in that. A reputable Contractor will be able to tell you about getting a permit and help you through the process.