Building a new home is a great opportunity to start with a blank canvas and create exactly what you've been dreaming of. Unfortunately, it also means having to sort out some important details. One of the things that you should not underestimate is the importance of your new home's plumbing. Here are a few tips to help you maximize your plumbing installation with your new home.
Shut-Off Valve Placement
One of the biggest challenges that many homeowners experience is locating and accessing the shut-off valves when they need them. If you're planning out new construction, take time to talk with your plumber about the shut-off valve placement.
Whenever possible, have the main shut-off valve installed somewhere on the main floor of the house where you can easily access it. If there's nowhere on the main floor where the shut-off valve can be easily positioned, have it placed directly outside where the plumbing comes in, but make sure that it's placed in a locked cabinet where you can easily access it if needed but it cannot be accessed without a key.
Sump Pump Plumbing
When you're building a new home, this is the perfect time to have the plumbing infrastructure put in place for a sump pump. You might think you don't need it because you won't be installing a pump, but you never know what could happen in the future.
If you discover after construction that the basement takes on some water, you'll need to install a sump pump in the basement anyway. Why not have the infrastructure installed while the plumber is already there? Doing this is a great way to save money on the cost of installing it later, including the concrete work and other needed labor after construction is completed. You should also consider having a storm drain line run from the house to drain out the sump pump as well.
Softener and Filter Additions
Talk with your plumber about installing a water softener and water filtration system. If you're not ready to invest in these systems yet, you can have the plumbing infrastructure designed so that you can easily add these features later. That way, you don't need to have expensive plumbing work done to accommodate them if you decide to install them later on.
These are some of the most important things you should discuss with your plumber when you're designing the infrastructure for a new construction project. Consider these ideas to help you create a more successful plumbing system in your home.