The first step of installing plumbing in new construction is roughing in. This portion of the process requires careful planning and expert installation of the plumbing lines that connect the construction with the rest of the area’s supply and waste systems. When planning construction, the plumbing rough-in will be a critical component of the beginning portion of the building. Giving the plumbers the time necessary to properly install pipes will reduce plumbing problems later in the finished home.
What Is Plumbing Rough-In?
Plumbing rough-in is the portion of construction where the supply and waste lines for the building go into place. In homes with slab foundations, the rough-in occurs before contractors pour in the slab.
Typically, waste lines go in first because the pipes that take wastewater from the building are larger than supply lines. After installing the waste lines, the plumbers will then lay in the water supply piping.
Roughing in requires careful planning of the locations of the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room. The plumbers must lay the water supply lines for these places and cap off their ends.
Before the rest of the construction can take place, the system needs pressure testing to spot any leaks. After testing, an inspector will verify the integrity of the roughed in plumbing before allowing the construction to continue.
How Long Does Plumbing Rough-In Take?
The process required for plumbing rough-in can often require several days. While average home constructions only need three to five days for this process, several factors can extend the time.
For instance, larger construction projects, such as those for multi-family apartments will require more time for roughing in plumbing. The same holds true for larger single-family homes with multiple bathrooms.
Weather also plays an important role. Windstorms and rain can delay any construction project, including plumbing rough-in.
Having enough people to complete the work in a timely manner is important to reducing the time needed for roughing in. However, scheduling conflicts with other construction contracts or inspectors can also contribute to delays. For instance, electricians typically install the basic electrical supply lines while plumbers do the roughing in work. If the electricians experience a delay, pouring the foundation, or having the initial phase inspected could also take experience setbacks.
Importance of Experts for New Construction Plumbing Rough-In
Because the rough-in process needs expert installation the first time to avoid delays and slab leaks in the finished construction, you need a professional, proven plumber for the job. Always ask for references and licensing information when looking for a subcontractor plumber for new construction.
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If you have a new construction project planned, trust Plumbing Concepts for expert installation from plumbing rough in to fixture installation. Even long after construction completes, Plumbing Concepts also offers service and repair for homeowners. Contact us by phone ((951) 520-8590) or send us a query online for more information about our references, new construction work, or our plumbing repair and installation services.