5 plumbing tips when building a new home

5 plumbing tips when building a new home

Submitted by David Heffner of Heffner Plumbing

Track home builders tend to not be as flexible about plumbing changes or requests that go beyond the scope of existing plans. Your best luck with these tips may be with a custom home builder, but it doesn't hurt to try requesting some of these things from a track home company.

1. Place the water heater and furnace in the basement. If there's no basement planned for your new home, place the furnace and water heater on the main floor of the house. Have the water heater placed in an aluminum drain pan with the drain pan plumbed to the sanitary sewer.

2. If there is a basement, have the water heater, water softener, furnace, sump pit, sewage ejector pit, main water shut-off valve and sewer connection all in the same corner.

3. If you are building on a crawl space, have a main water shut-off valve plumbed into the living space of the house. Most homes on a crawl space have the shut-off valve down below where they are generally inaccessible or not convenient to get to in an emergency.

4. Even if you are not getting a water softener, have the house plumbed for one, especially if this is going to be a slab home. This can be a selling feature down the road or allow for an easier installation of a water softener after the house has been built.

5. Have the sump pump discharge line plumbed to the storm sewer or to an area away from the house.

David Heffner is a licensed plumbing contractor in the state of Indiana and is bonded and insured. Heffner Plumbing is a highly rated company with Angie’s List and has received the Super Service Award every year since 2004. Heffner received the 2009 Contractor of the Year Award by the Greater Indianapolis Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (GIPHCC) and is a complaint free company with the Better Business Bureau.

As of Nov. 11, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.

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