No new home is complete until its plumbing system has been designed and installed. Your plumbing installation is a key consideration when your home is being built. Unfortunately, plumbing installation mistakes are often made that detract from a homeowner's satisfaction with their new home.
The following are six mistakes to avoid regarding plumbing system design for your new home.
Failing to anticipate future needs
There are some plumbing needs you might face in the future that are good to consider when your home is initially constructed. Perhaps you will need to install a water softener or face additional plumbing system demands if your family grows.
Having the plumbing connections put in place that you might possibly need in the future is a good idea even if you presently don't need added fixtures. Planning ahead can make your life easier down the road.
Having a plumbing system design without enough shut-off valves
Easily accessible shut-off valves are really important for avoiding plumbing emergencies. You should have shut-off valves under your sinks and on your toilets. These valves make it possible to immediately shut off the water supply to a fixture to prevent overflowing, flooding, and water damage.
Not having plumbing centralized in the basement
During the initial installation of your plumbing fixtures, you should have things set up to make plumbing maintenance and service easier when you need it. One way to maximize the simplicity of work on your plumbing system is to centralize your plumbing fixtures in your basement.
Have your system designed so that key equipment like your water heater, furnace, water softener system, and sump pump are conveniently located close by each other in your basement.
Ignoring efficiency issues
Investing in more efficient plumbing fixtures is good for the environment and will likely save you money over time. Investing in low-flow fixtures that consume less water will help reduce your water bill.
Not understanding permit requirements
If you don't get the necessary permits for plumbing installations, you might end up having to tear installations out in the future. This is going to cost you a lot of money. Make sure you're meeting all permit and building code requirements during the initial construction of your plumbing installations.
Having a sump pump discharge line that doesn't drain properly
A sump pump is an essential piece of plumbing equipment when it comes to protecting a new home from water damage. For a sump pump to be effective, it needs to discharge water far enough away from the home. Your sump pump discharge line should ideally be connected to a storm sewer.
For more information, contact a new construction plumbing service.