DC Bathroom Remodeling: Tips of the Week – GFI’s and Waterproofing

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For the next several weeks we will be sharing bathroom tips. Without further ado, let’s get started!

Elizabeth Mitchel
Partner at Finesse Design Remodeling

One of the common problems homeowners talk to us about in our initial consultations is that when they use their hair dryer in the mornings, it unintentionally trips the circuit back on the panel cutting off the power to the hair dryer. This is a terrible inconvenience in the morning when you are trying to rush and get ready by having to leave the bathroom, flip the panel switch, then run back to the bathroom to resume your morning routine. The way to avoid this is by making sure that the GFI outlet is on a dedicated circuit and not piggybacked off other outlets in the home.

What we like to do is make sure those GFI outlets are on a dedicated circuit directly back to a panel, so you never have to worry about being stuck with flipping a circuit ever again.

Brian Bielski
Partner at Finesse Design Remodeling

One of the biggest problems that we find in bathrooms that have been built before the homeowner decides to go through a major remodel is waterproofing. We see a lot of damp ceilings, spots on the ceiling, wet spots in adjacent rooms. Because of the contractor that built it before we got there didn’t take proper waterproofing measures. We take great care to make sure we do waterproof properly using things like Schluter, RedGard®, or vinyl pan liners, and this is tested before we close a job.

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