How to… plan your plumbing

Plumbing plan.
How to… plan your plumbing
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Avoid the dreaded cold morning shower with sustainability expert Ian Cleland’s advice on how to plan your plumbing.

Plumbing plan.

You’re the last one in the house to get up — you have to be at that breakfast meeting with a client. You hop into the shower and turn on the hot water but there’s no hot water, no water pressure and the washing machine is on downstairs. So you take a cold shower and with that feeling of not being washed, you leave for the appointment. Not the way you want to start your day.

It doesn’t always happen yet when it does, it’s annoying beyond belief. If this is happening in your home, is it because the existing plumbing is poorly designed or is it that the house you have just purchased has the same plumbing as when it was built 50 years ago?

It cannot be emphasised more that when you are renovating your home including bathrooms, kitchens and laundry, don’t scrimp on saving a few dollars on your plumbing for both hot and cold water supply and the sewer system. Not getting it right during construction is going to cause you grief and expense if you decide to rectify the problem afterwards.

There are minimum standards required for all plumbing that is installed by a qualified plumber. And yes, you should have a qualified plumber install your plumbing. If you have a plumbing mate, you can work with him to save on costs and he can certify all the work that is carried out. All installed piping has to be pressure tested for leaks and inspected, particularly if the pipework is to be covered or encased in concrete.


What are the some of the main issues? 

For water supply they are:

For sewer and stormwater pipework:

Build in flexibility and ease of access to your pipe work. I would go so far as having pipework either exposed on pipe racks, inside a larger PVC pipe or in a duct. If you followed what is built in a commercial building, your plumbing would offer ease of access for repair or modification.

Like all good design, plumbing takes planning.

By Ian Cleland
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From Renovate magazine Vol. 9 No. 2

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