5 New Construction Plumbing Tips To Keep In Mind!
When you’re in the process of building a new home, it’s obviously going to be really exciting and simultaneously really frustrating as well. You’re going to have countless opportunities to completely customize your new home, and one thing that many homeowners tend to neglect during this process is their plumbing system.
It’s important for homebuilders to remain vigilant about their new construction plumbing, and this is because new plumbing systems are very complicated to develop and can pose a whole array of serious, expensive problems.
So what we’ve done within this article is develop 5 new construction plumbing tips with the help of the Beehive Plumbing team, a group of Master Plumbers based out of Northern Utah. By going through this list you’ll undoubtedly be putting your entire home construction project in a much better place, and you’ll also avoid many setbacks that could potentially cost a ton!
1. Make Sure To Install Your Furnace And Water Heater In The Basement/Crawlspace
Your new home’s crawlspace or basement is by far the most convenient location when it comes to installing a furnace of water heater. Of course there is the possibility that your new home may not have a crawlspace or basement, and if this is the case then you should put these two crucial plumbing appliances on your ground level.
Sometimes all you’ll really need for these large appliances is a utility closet, but of course these appliances should mainly be out of sight as they aren’t usually too aesthetically pleasing!
2. Ensuring Centralized Plumbing In Your Basement/Foundation
This is always something that new construction projects should keep in mind from the very beginning of the building process, and this is because a centralized plumbing system within your basement will always make it a lot easier for experienced plumbers to resolve all types of potential issues later on when the vast majority of the plumbing system is in one general location.
This means you should install the following plumbing appliances at least relatively close to one another:
# Sewer connection
# Water heater
# Water softener
# Sewage ejector pit
# Basement sump pump
There may be many other appliances that you should place close to one another as well, but it goes to show that planning out your plumbing system starts with the very foundation of your new home!
3. Make Sure That You Have An Easily Accessible Main Water Shut-Off Valve
As you can probably imagine, your home’s main water shut-off valve is extremely important when it comes to turning your home’s water supply on and off. Although you’ll hopefully never need to turn this valve off, there are countless scenarios in which turning your home’s water supply off as quickly as possible is imperative.
Turning off your main water is one of the first things that homeowners should do in case of any plumbing emergency, and this is why it’s always convenient to make this shut-off valve pretty easily accessible. So when things go wrong, you won’t be increasingly frustrated by just trying to shut off your home’s water!
4. Make Sure That Your Sump Pump Discharge Is A Good Distance Away From Your New Home
A sump pump’s main function is to essentially pump water away from your basement in the case of soil oversaturation and flooding, but this means that your sump pump’s discharge line will need to be adequately planned out.
This means that you’re always going to need to pay close attention to your sump pump’s discharge line and make sure that it is flowing to a location where excess water amounts can be safely drained away from your home’s basement/foundation.
5. Install A Water Softener
Every new home these days needs to take their municipal water supply into consideration, and the truth of the matter is that most municipal water supplies include harmful chemicals that aren’t good for your skin or your plumbing system.
This is why water softeners have become increasingly popular in recent years, and when you’re in the process of building a home you should always at the very least set up your plumbing system for a water softener even if you don’t install one right away.
Water softeners are really popular plumbing fixtures all throughout the United States, and when you’re building a home you’re of course going to need to take the long-term future into consideration within a whole variety of fields. Your plumbing system is no exception to this type of foresight, and making sure that your new home is prepared for a water softener is a really great investment to consider!