New Home Plumbing
Most of the time, the major plumbing plans are addressed and designed in the first stage of construction. Virtually everything is by code, and will be built the way the home construction company’s model is built. However, there are several areas where home buyers can add in their own personal preferences. As for plumbing here are some things to consider and decide upon:
Have all the major utility appliance connections installed in the basement or on the main floor for homes without sub levels. This includes the furnace, water heater, and water softener. It is wise to have the water heater set in an aluminum drain pain that plumbs to the sanitary sewer.
If there is a basement in the home, be sure all of these connections are in the same corner, including the sewer connection, sump pit, sewage ejector pit, main water shut-off, and the above-mentioned utility appliances.
For homes built on a crawl space, it is recommended to have a main water shut-off valve plumbed into the indoor living area of the property to make it easily accessible. And as for the sump pump, have the discharge line plumbed to a storm sewer, or some other cesspit far from the property. And be sure to have a battery or water-powered backup system!
When it comes to water softeners, whether you intend to have one or not, be sure the home is built with water softener connections. This is important for resale value.
It is also great for resale value to plumb the home for several fuel-type appliances. This gives future homeowners a choice on gas, electric, oil, and more in terms of water heaters, water softeners, and furnaces.