3 Quick Tips for New Constructions
If you are on the verge of beginning a new construction project in or around your home, it can be easy to become overwhelmed. This is especially true when it comes to construction projects that require new plumbing to be installed.
How can you be sure you’ve hired the best people for the job? If you need new pipes, what kind of pipes are best for your home? Is it really worth the extra money for higher end pipe materials? All of these are valid questions.
If a new construction project has you feeling stressed out and anxious, read on for some helpful tips about new construction plumbing!
Hire Local Professionals
First things first- when it comes to plumbing, ALWAYS hire a professional! We all have that one friend whose brother is a plumber, and while we’d like to promote helping a guy out, nepotism is the death of timely plumbing construction.
Now that we have that out of the way, you’ll want to hire a plumber that is local, and that has a reputation for doing good work, in a reasonable amount of time, for a fair price. Here are some things to look for in a plumber before hiring them for a new construction job on your home:
- Is the plumber licensed and insured?
- How do their references look?
- Can they give you an estimate of how much the project will cost and how long it will take to complete?
- Do they offer some sort of payment plan?
Always Choose Best Quality for Plumbing Installations
Whether you are looking at the piping or fixtures, or the plumber installing them, you want the best quality for your home’s plumbing! It’s important not to rush any decisions when it comes to construction plumbing.
Take your time to “shop around” and compare the prices and quality of different pipes and plumbing services in your area to make sure you have the best. This will bring you peace of mind, and will ensure your home’s plumbing is in good hands!
Get Informed of Different Pipes and Their Pros + Cons
Nowadays you can have your choice of material your pipes are made of! Here are some of the most common types of pipes you could have in your home:
- PEX Pipes are incredibly versatile and can be used to supply both hot and cold water, but some environmentalists fear they may not be safe for drinking water. They are the best choice for retrofitting.
- PVC Pipes are popular due to the fact that they don't rust or corrode over time, and are lightweight and easy to work with. They are also great because they can withstand high water pressure. Unfortunately, though, they cannot carry hot water, or they will warp.
- Copper Pipes have proven themselves the most reliable kind of pipe. They have a long lifespan, won’t pollute your water, and are heat tolerant. The only downside to copper pipes is the price, as copper pipes can go for as much as $285 for 100 ft.
- Galvanized Steel Pipes are rarely used in new construction. In older homes that still have galvanized steel pipes, reposing is recommended dive steel pipes have a tendency to rust on the inside, causing reduced water pressure and clogging. Steel pipes are also known to cause traces of lead to be found in your tap water, because of corrosion.