Important Plumbing Considerations When Building A New Home
The prospect of building your own home from nothing is pretty exciting. As long as everything is logical, structurally secure and up to code, you can build the dream home you always wanted. There is a lot to think about when planning the ideal home. Many excited property owners focus on the layout, light and some of the aesthetically pleasing elements of the home. The plumbing doesn’t always come out on top of that list. Still, bad plumbing decisions can ruin a new home.
There are some basic considerations here. What goes in must come back out again, which means that all homes need a reliable cycle of water from the supply system, to the appliance, and then back out to the drainage system. This means a clear, sanitary plans with the very best system of pipes size through a clear route. You also need a plan that will be approved. The only way to do this is to create something that complies with the building code of Australia. So, what steps can you take to ensure this?
1) Plan out a minimal system
The worst plans are those that are overly complicated and confusing. If a professional plumber turns up and can’t understand the diagrams, you know that you have a problem. A minimal plan works two ways. First of all, keep all the plumbing and pipes in the same areas. This means a shorter series of pipes around the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. This also means fewer connections to worry about. Not only is this more cost effective, it reduces the risk of faults and leaks.
2) Colour code your pipes
Part of the benefit of that short, minimal system is that it makes life so much easier in the long run. Short-term benefits are important when planning a plumbing system in a new home. But, there are lots of long-term considerations too. The system has to be built to last. Yet, there is always the risk of leaks and problems. A colour coded system is much more user-friendly when those issues arise. It might also help with the installation process.
3) Choose the right materials for the best system
The best way to ensure that the plumbing system has that longevity and strength is to use top-rated materials throughout. This will make a bit of a dent in your initial budget. But, it is better to pay more now then pay out for continual repairs and replacements down the line. The best materials will resist corrosion and wear for a more reliable system. It all goes back to that idea of what comes in must come out. The water that enters the property has to exit the appliances and property somehow. This either means a solid, well thought-out drainage system with high-end piping and connections, or a by leaking through the systems, into the wall and foundations.
The importance of all these issues means that you really need to make sure that you hire professional plumbers. Once you have a building plan that meets all the right codes and regulations, hand it over to the pros. The best plumbers will follow the plans with expertise and ensure everything is fitted correctly. They may even be able to suggest improvements along the way. Contact East and Hills Plumbing on 0414 654 568 to find out more about these services.