When building your new home, take some proactive steps in the planning phases to prevent future plumbing leaks from causing any issues.
1. Water Softener Installation
Hard water can lead to leaks in the walls or other hidden areas. This is because the residue builds up inside the pipes, leading to blockages in the pipe. These blockages than lead to leaks at pipe joints or even in a burst pipe. For homes with metal pipes, the hard minerals can actually cause corrosion and holes in the pipes. Avoid all of this by having a whole house water softener installed inline with the main water supply into the home.
2. Proper Pressure Regulation
Overly high pressure in the home is another common cause of hidden leaks. Failed pressure regulators can damage plumbing fixtures, cause the water supply lines in your walls to leak, or even lead to a foundation slab leak. Your new plumbing installer needs to assure you that sufficient pressure regulators have been installed on all the plumbing lines entering the home so that this won't be a concern.
3. Skip the Copper Pipes
Copper pipes used to be industry standard for new plumbing, but the copper is more prone to corrosion and hole formation compared to the newer plastic material, PEX. Insist on PEX for both supply lines and interior drain lines, as this material is much more durable and less likely to spring a leak compared to copper. PEX doesn't corrode, nor is it prone to developing holes from age or pipe vibration.
4. Ask for Pass-Through Sleeves
If your home is on a slab foundation, one of the primary spots for holes to form is where the plumbing pipes pass through the concrete slab. Plumbing pipes can move and vibrate gently when in use, and this friction can cause damage and leaks over time. A pass-through sleeve in the foundation provides a wider conduit for the pipe to pass through, which ensures there is room for pipe vibration or expansion without any rubbing against the rough concrete.
5. Prevent Hot Water Heater Issues
Another major cause of leaks in a new home is the hot water setup. Tank water heaters can cause a lot of damage if the large storage tank overflows or leaks. Make sure to have a drain installed near the hot water heater and have the overflow valve routed into the drain just in case it ever leaks. It's also vital to have a drain pan below the tank that also routes right to the floor drain. You can also go with tankless water heaters so that a burst tank is never a concern.
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17 December 2020
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