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Factors To Consider Before Taking Down a Wall

Living room space midway through construction.

Removing a wall is a common home remodeling project that homeowners often do themselves. Removing a wall could significantly open up your interior space and make your home seem much larger than it is. However, it’s often one of the most complex projects home interior remodeling contractors complete.

You have to know where the support for the framing exists within the walls before removing the wall in question. It’s possible to find this out by looking in your basement and observing the framing, but it’s something that should be left to a licensed contractor.

Here’s what you need to know before taking down a wall in your home.

Know If It’s a Load-Bearing Wall

A load-bearing wall provides structural integrity to your home. So while it’s possible to knock out a load-bearing wall, you’ll need the best home additions contractors to do it for you.

To determine if a wall is load-bearing, see if there is another wall above it. When you go into your attic, you might see supports from that wall, which is a clear indicator of a load-bearing wall. It might not be evident to you as the homeowner, but a licensed contractor will know how to identify it and proceed with the project.

Plumbing Pipes or Electrical Lines

Determining if there are plumbing pipes in a wall is relatively simple. If there’s a sink along the wall, piping is likely hidden behind the drywall. Even if there’s no plumbing fixture next to the wall, it’s critical to confirm that there are no water lines or drain pipes in the wall before tearing it down.

When it comes to electrical lines, chances are some will need to be rerouted when you knock out a wall. A licensed plumber or electrician can easily address these obstacles before you start your remodeling project.

Locate Your Ceiling Joists

Even if a wall is not load-bearing, it could still be providing support to ceiling joists. The top home additions contractors can quickly determine if the wall in question supports ceiling joists. It’s best to hire a home interior remodeling contractor, so no stone gets left unturned during your project.

Book a Consultation With Fiderio & Sons

When you need a top house remodeling contractor in Connecticut, Fiderio & Sons is your number one choice. We have expertise in handling virtually any type of home remodeling project, so you can rest easy knowing we’ll complete yours safely.

Removing a wall is one of the most satisfying projects any homeowner can undertake, so contact us today to see how we can help.

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