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Plumbing Tips For New Home Construction

Building a new home is an exciting and happy experience, but it comes with many difficult decisions and plenty of work. Among the issues to consider are the outside design, inside design, paving, painting, and yes, plumbing. Plumbing construction includes the architecture (location) for the pipes, the plumbing pipe material, along with the plumbing fixtures and appliances.

Because your home plumbing system is a complex and complicated it is one of the most expensive aspects of your new home construction. A bit of knowledge about new home plumbing will help you make decisions about what kind of plumbing you want for your home.

Need help with your new home construction plumbing? Call Henco Plumbing Services, Vancouver, WA at (360) 773-8039 to schedule an appointment. We’ll come to your construction site, inspect the property, meet with you to discuss your plans, then give you an affordable and accurate quote for services.

What Is Your Water Supply System?

Before you start planning the purchase and construction of your home plumbing, you need to determine the source of your water supply. Most new homes will connect to a municipal (city or county) water source. Be certain you know if the water line and sewer lines are available on your street or road. If your new home is isolated from others, you may find that the water and sewer lines do not extend to your property. In some instances, such as rural property, you will be using a well or a neighborhood water district supply for water. If you do need to install a well for water, you will most likely need to install a septic tank for your sewer needs.

The following article, from Family Home Plans discusses a number of plumbing tips to consider when building a new home.

Plumbing Tips When Building Your New Home

When you’re building a new home, it can be a dream come true, but what about those little things you didn’t consider ahead of time? There are dozens of ways that both small annoyances and big problems can be built into your home. Below is a list of eight important plumbing considerations which can make or break your new nest.

If your new plumbing system is set up correctly, you can avoid future problems from sump pumps to water softeners and everything in between.
What kind of builder are you working with? If you want serious customization, you’re much more likely to do well with a custom home builder. Track home builders make their money in economy of scale and the familiarity of repeated design, so they are often less flexible and accommodating of your requested changes.

Have a tank storage water heater, water softener and similar appliances placed on the lowest level of the home. If your new home has a basement, this is the best location, but if it doesn’t, go for a utility area on the first floor of your home. Why? These types of appliances store a lot of water, and if something breaches the tank, you want to limit the damage. By keeping them as low as possible, you don’t need to worry about what’s underneath them.

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There are a number of decisions to be made about plumbing, aren’t there? In most cases, you will find that, unless you build a totally custom home, there will be existing architectural plans to help you along the way. Many new homes are constructed in housing projects where one, or more, building contractors will construct homes of similar design. This means that your home will be constructed using
architectural design like your neighbors. This similarity will make the plumbing construction easier due to duplication of the home design.

Here’s several tips from Angie’s List about new home plumbing.

5 Plumbing Tips When Building A New Home

Track home builders tend to not be as flexible about plumbing changes or requests that go beyond the scope of existing plans. Your best luck with these tips may be with a custom home builder, but it doesn’t hurt to try requesting some of these things from a track home company.

1. Place the water heater and furnace in the basement. If there’s no basement planned for your new home, place the furnace and water heater on the main floor of the house. Have the water heater placed in an aluminum drain pan with the drain pan plumbed to the sanitary sewer.

2. If there is a basement, have the water heater, water softener, furnace, sump pit, sewage ejector pit, main water shut-off valve and sewer connection all in the same corner.

3. If you are building on a crawl space, have a main water shut-off valve plumbed into the living space of the house. Most homes on a crawl space have the shut-off valve down below where they are generally inaccessible or not convenient to get to in an emergency.

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Roughing in is the process of framing and adding necessary components to the house. Following rough in comes the finishing processes.

Here’s a video from Home Building Repairs that demonstrates why plumbing should be installed prior to electrical wiring during the rough in phase of home construction.

Once again, there are many tasks to consider in a new home construction, so your building contractor needs to manage the sequence of procedures to maintain quality.

The following information from Arm Chair Builder discusses the rough in process in more detail. Since the majority of your plumbing system is installed during rough in phase, it’s very important that the installation be performed correctly.

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.

Plumbing Rough-in

Schedule for Plumbing Rough-in

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).


It’s extremely important to make sure all rough framing is complete prior to sending your plumbing contractor into the home. If for some reason a wall is off or a stud needs to be repaired later, it can be expensive and time consuming to have the plumber come back to move the plumbing prior to making the framing correction.

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If you are thinking about building a home for yourself, or if you are a home building contractor – You need a highly professional, licensed, and experienced plumbing contractor to install your plumbing system. Henco Plumbing Services, LLC of Vancouver WA has the experience, the personnel and the skills needed to install your plumbing properly. Call Henco Plumbing Services at 360-773-8039 to set up an appointment to discuss your project.

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