New Home Plumbing Tips By Henco Plumbing Services
What You Should Know About New Home Construction Plumbing
If you are building a brand new home, this can be your ultimate dream, but just remember there are a number of considerations to think about. A home construction requires a number of steps which should all be in proper sequence and well managed. One of the most important components of your home is the plumbing. When installed correctly, you will never give it a thought because it will work seamlessly without any daily involvement from you, except minor maintenance. However, if your plumbing is not properly installed, it can become an ongoing source of irritation, frustration, and financial issues.
Start your new home project with the right builder contractor. If you home is large and the plans require considerable customizing, make certain to hire a custom home builder. Certainly you will want to perform your due diligence by checking reviews and testimonials from prior clients. Additionally, meet with prospective plumbers so you can interview them to ensure you are a good fit. Your home construction is very much a team effort, so it is to your advantage to build the right team.
Is your new home a tract home? Tract homes are the most common type of home construction; the builder will develop several properties in one area. The homes will typically consist of premade plans of similar design. The tract home construction company makes their profits by using the same plans repeatedly, which establishes what is called “economy of scale.” By constructing the same style home repeatedly the contractor’s workers will become very efficient. There is usually some flexibility with new tract home construction, such as kitchen and bathroom fixtures, interior colors and flooring. However, changing the layout of the house will not be possible in a new tract home construction.
The people at Arm Chair Builder have some good material about the plumbing necessary for your new home. New home plumbing contractor services are one of the specialties we offer at Henco Plumbing Services, LLC. If you are a home construction contractor or you are considering building a new home, call us at 360-773-8039 to discuss your project.
How to Build a Home, Step 35
After framing your new dream home, it’s time to start the plumbing rough-in. This step in our how to build a home series of articles covers the schedule, preparation, and quality checks for the plumbing. There are some key items that professional builders use to get a quality installation and prevent leaks. Here we will discuss the action items that owner builders need to take to ensure the plumbing contractor gets the job done right.
Typically, the plumbing rough-in starts just after the rough framing has been completed. Our schedule has the roofing contractor starting the day before the plumber in order to get the house dried in. The reason being, it can be difficult to glue pipes together if rain is dripping down through the roof sheathing. Just remember, if the roofing contractor leaves before the plumbing vents are run to the roof, the plumber will need to install the flashing (or you will need to pay the roofing contractor to come back).
Details make all the difference in whether your plumbing, and other areas of your new home, work properly. In the previous section, Armchair Builder accurately points out that the construction team needs to be well coordinated, with each sub-contractor, completing their job properly.
Max Alexander of This Old House magazine has good material on making certain newly installed plumbing systems are truly “finalized” to ensure long term and smooth operation.
From the Ground Up: Plumbing
Beyond the Code: Richard’s rules for better systems
Shutoff Valves for Every Fixture and Appliance
Individual shutoffs allow you to quickly isolate a problem without cutting the water supply to the rest of your house. After plumbing a house, Richard (Trellway) always leads the owner in a guided tour of all the shutoff valves, most notably the main shutoffs.
Don’t Skimp on Vents
Codes dictate the proximity of vents to drains, and the rules should never be ignored. If the vent is too far away, it won’t be able to break the vacuum and allow fast drainage. “When you pull the plug on a bathtub,” says Richard, “you’ve got 40 gallons of water that want to scream down that pipe. If there’s a vacuum, it can pull the water out of all the traps in the house.”
The information from This Old House reinforces the need for attention to details. Make certain your home design calls for accurate installation of all the components of a proper plumbing system.
Using licensed contractors for your new home construction is very important. Your builder should be licensed, bonded and insured. Also, the builder should use only sub-contractors, like roofing companies and plumbing contractors who are also licensed. Henco Plumbing Services, LLC is licensed and well insured. If you need more information, call us at 360-773-8039.
Are you looking to hire a plumbing contractor for new construction in the Vancouver WA, Ridgefield, Camas, Battle Ground, and Washougal area? Look no further than Henco Plumbing Services, LLC. We will help you solve your new construction plumbing and heating needs. Are you a building contractor seeking plumbing sub-contractor services. We are available for new home construction projects. Just call us at 360-773-8039 so we can set up a time to discuss your project.
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