New Home Plumbing Checklist: Water Heaters, Outdoor Spigots and More!

A new home can be one of the greatest joys of life, but things can get a bit overwhelming when you consider all the elements that go with a new home from the layout to window treatments to roofing to landscaping to smart home solutions.

 Getting it done right is important, especially when it comes to plumbing.

“It can be stressful and troublesome if you build a home without the right preparations. For instance, a poor plumbing system can cause leaks and major water damage in the future. To avoid problems, you need to ensure that plumbing systems are properly installed,” says Build magazine. “It can be costly to install new plumbing lines in the future. Avoid unnecessary spending by ensuring your new home’s plumbing system design will meet all your current and future plumbing needs!”

Making a Plumbing Checklist and Checking it Twice

It helps to have a new home plumbing checklist that covers some of the important items you'll want to consider when planning and installing plumbing systems in a new home:

  • Water Heater: Determine the appropriate size and type of water heater for your home based on the number of occupants, usage patterns, and available fuel sources (electric, gas, or tankless). Consider installing a high-efficiency water heater to save on energy costs. You might have more water heater choices than you think, including:

o   Conventional storage tank water heaters: These are the most common type of water heater. They store and heat water in a tank usually located in the basement or utility room. They are available in various sizes and can be fueled by electricity, natural gas, propane, or oil.


o   Tankless water heaters: Also known as on-demand water heaters, they heat water as it flows through the unit, eliminating the need for a storage tank. Tankless water heaters are typically more energy-efficient than conventional storage tank models and are available in electric or gas-fueled options.


o   Heat pump water heaters: These water heaters use electricity to move heat from the air or ground to heat water. They are energy-efficient and are a good option in mild to warm climates.


o   Solar water heaters: These water heaters use energy from the sun to heat water. They are a good option in sunny climates and can be combined with electric or gas-fueled water heaters for backup heating.


o   Condensing water heaters: These water heaters are like conventional storage tank models but are more energy efficient. They use a special venting system to extract heat from exhaust gases and use it to heat the water.


o   Hybrid water heaters: Also known as combination water heaters, they are a hybrid of tankless and storage tank models. They use a storage tank to store hot water but also have a tankless unit to heat water on demand. They are energy-efficient and a good option for larger households with higher hot water demands.

  • Pipes: Choose the appropriate size and material for your pipes, based on your water pressure needs, budget, and local building codes. Ensure proper insulation and protection from freezing in cold climates. Consider using PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) piping, which is flexible and resistant to corrosion and freezing.

  • Fixtures: Select fixtures that fit your style and budget, but also consider water efficiency ratings to save on your water bills and reduce environmental impact. Choose quality fixtures with good warranties to ensure durability and longevity.

  • Outdoors spigots: Determine the number and location of outdoor spigots needed for gardening, washing cars, or other outdoor activities. Ensure the spigots are protected from freezing in cold climates.

  • Drains: Determine the location and slope of drains to ensure proper drainage and prevent clogs. Make sure you have adequate venting to prevent sewer gas buildup and odors.

  • Water Treatment: Determine if you need a water treatment system to remove impurities, such as chlorine, sediment, or minerals, from your water supply. Choose the appropriate treatment system based on your water quality needs and budget.

  • Sump Pump: Determine if you need a sump pump to prevent flooding or water damage in your basement or crawl space. Ensure proper installation and maintenance to ensure reliable operation.

  • Water pressure: Determine the appropriate water pressure for your home based on your fixtures and appliances' needs and local building codes. Install a pressure regulator if necessary to prevent excessive water pressure.

  • Emergency shut-off valves: Install emergency shut-off valves for the main water supply and individual fixtures to quickly shut off the water in case of a leak or other emergency.

  • Plumbing inspections: Schedule regular plumbing inspections with a local plumber you trust to identify and address potential issues before they become major problems.

By following this checklist, you can ensure that your new home's plumbing systems are properly designed, installed, and maintained for optimal performance and longevity.

Do Not Forget “The Extras” When Making Your Plumbing Checklist

The above new home plumbing checklist is a good start but do not forget “the extras” or wishlist items for your new home. Features you can consider or add to your new home plumbing checklist include:

  • Pasta filler in the kitchen: A pasta filler is a spout located near the stove that provides hot water for filling large pots. It's a convenient feature for those who enjoy cooking and often prepare large meals.


  • Hot water outdoor spigot: An outdoor spigot that provides hot water can be handy for washing cars, pets, or outdoor furniture. It can also be useful for outdoor cooking or providing warm water for kids' water activities.


  • Touchless faucets: Touchless faucets are becoming increasingly popular due to their convenience and hygiene benefits. They use motion sensors to turn on and off, making them ideal for busy households or those concerned about germs.


  • Multiple shower heads: For those who enjoy a spa-like shower experience, multiple shower heads can be a desirable feature. This might include a rainfall showerhead, handheld showerhead, and body spray jets.


  • Bidet: Bidets are becoming more popular in North American households as people seek more hygienic and eco-friendly ways of cleaning. They are a good option for those who want to reduce their use of toilet paper.


  • Smart plumbing systems: Smart plumbing systems, which allow homeowners to monitor and control their water usage remotely, are gaining popularity. They can help identify leaks, reduce water waste, and save money on utility bills.


Consult Pilot Plumbing today in North Houston and Montgomery County, Texas for all your new home checklist items as well as a trusted source for your regular plumbing inspections and maintenance.

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