There are many home additions that will require the installation of plumbing systems. This need can greatly increase the complexity of your project. To make sure that your preparations for this project are as thorough as possible, there are four considerations that should be included in your plans.
Consider The Full Range Of Plumbing Needs The Addition Will Require
While you may assume that you will only be adding a sink, bathtub or toilet to the addition, there may be other components or systems that are needed. For example, homes that experience frequent flooding or other moisture problems may need to have plumbing installed to support a sump pump or other moisture control system.
Review The Impacts The Additional Plumbing Will Have On The Home's Entire Plumbing System
The addition of plumbing components to another room can put additional strain on your home's existing plumbing. In order to avoid performance decreases on your existing plumbing, you will want to review whether it can support these additions. In many instances, you may need to upgrade plumbing lines or the home's water intake or install larger pumps. Furthermore, you will also need to account for how the addition's plumbing system will connect to your home's current system.
Plan For Plumbing Disruptions During This Work
During the process of installing the new plumbing system, your home may experience plumbing disruptions. These disruptions can be unavoidable as a result of the need to connect the addition's plumbing to the home's plumbing system. If the water is not turned off, it could result in major spills and water damage. Luckily, your contractor should be able to give you a warning when there is a chance for these disruptions so that you can stock up on bottled water or take other steps to address being without water for several hours.
Determine Whether Excavation Work Will Be Necessary
Depending on the type of additional plumbing that is being added and the current design of the home's plumbing system, there may be a need for excavation work to be done. If this will be needed for your home, it is necessary to have the area marked for utility lines. In many instances, contractors will refuse to perform this work until they have received the appropriate documentation from the utility company. Unfortunately, some homeowners may not consider this, which can lead them to fail to have the entire project site marked. This can lead to delays as the plumbing may extend beyond the cleared area, which will require a new inspection. Being aware of this need beforehand will ensure that you have the entire project site marked for buried power, gas or water lines.