Plumbing Tips for a New Home
Plumbing Tips for a New Home
If you are building a brand-new house or planning a major renovation project for an older home, you will want to take the time to think about how you want the plumbing installed. By this, we mean that the placement of freshwater supply lines, sewer and drainpipes and plumbing vents should be installed in the right locations so that water need travel the shortest distance possible.
If you have a large home, the farther the water connections are from the main supply line, the lower the pressure. Since it can be challenging to know if you will have sufficient water pressure post-construction or post-renovation, it is a good idea to have a water pressure regulator installed simultaneously.
Aside from the above, here are a few other tips and ideas you will want to incorporate into your new home plumbing installation..
Centralize Plumbing In the Basement
It makes it easier for a licensed plumber to resolve an issue when everything is located in the same corner of your basement. When designing and building your new home, we recommend installing the following plumbing appliances near each other
- Water heater
- Sewer connection
- Sewage ejector pit
- Water softener
Make the Main Water Shut-off Valve Easily Accessible
As the name suggests, the main water shut-off valve is responsible for turning on and off the entire water supply for your home. In the event of a plumbing emergency, you will want to be able to access your home’s main water shut-off valve in a hurry. If your home will have a crawlspace, make sure the main valve is located somewhere in your living space. Save yourself the frustration of crawling underneath your house with a flashlight by installing the valve somewhere accessible.
Don’t Forget About the Laundry Room
Your washer connections need to be in the correct location. If you have a front-load washer and dryer setup, the washer door swing is generally to the left and the dryer door swing to the right. As such, you would want the washer connections on the left side of the wall. Some people also run plumbing lines for a laundry room utility sink.
Decide on What Kind of Plumbing Installation the Kitchen Will Need
The kitchen is the heart of most people’s homes. You want to have water and drain lines for the kitchen sink, dishwasher and refrigerator. If your kitchen design includes an island, you may want plumbing lines run to it so that you can add a sink at a later date if needed.
The placement of your dishwasher should be in a location near one of the kitchen sinks. Doing so will make installation much easier. However, suppose you have a specific kitchen design where the dishwasher is in a location far from a sink. In that case, you could certainly have your plumbing services company install separate hot water and drain lines.
Include Plenty of Shut-off Valves in the Right Locations
Plumbing problems will be the last thing on your mind when installing a new plumbing system in your home. Yet, plumbing problems can and do develop, over time – like water leaks. To make it easier to fix future plumbing problems, you will want to make sure each connection has its own shut-off valve. Shut-off valves will allow you to shut the water off to the affected part of the system without shutting off the water main.
Install Plumbing for Water Softener
Water softeners are perfect for homes where hard water issues are common. However, even if you don’t need a water softener, we will recommend installing the plumbing for one. Installing plumbing for new homes means keeping in mind that your plumbing needs may change 10 years from now. Water softener systems are also attractive to prospective homebuyers if you ever decide to sell your house. Installing a water softener will be much easier if the plumbing is already there.
No matter what you decide for your home’s plumbing system design, remember to make sure you have met all your plumbing needs. Otherwise, it can be pretty costly to have new plumbing lines and drain lines installed later since the lines will no longer be easily accessible.
We hope the information in this article will make it easier for you to set up your plumbing system when the time comes. Let us know in the comments section below if you enjoyed this article and be sure to check back often for more guides like this one.
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