The Stages of Plumbing Installation

November 11, 2022

Building a brand-new home is an exciting venture, and knowing the intricate parts of each building process can be rewarding. For example, you may not have known there are three stages of plumbing installation. Here’s a breakdown of those stages in case you want to know what goes on while you wait for your amazing house to be built.

Stage 1: The Underground Rough-In

Stage one involves doing most of the underground work. This process can occur either after the walls are done or while the rest of the plumbing work is done. It’s up to the municipality whether the latter method can be used. 

During this stage, the plumber does the bulk of inspecting the waste connections to find out where everything will go. He or she will then connect all the drains to primary service and install all the basement bathrooms. Additionally, the plumber will transport the main service line to where it can connect to the water meter. The time it takes for this stage of the process to be completed depends on the size of the home and whether any unforeseeable problems have occurred. 

Stage 2: The Aboveground Rough-In 

The next stage involves the complete installation of all the plumbing pipes, vent pipes, water lines, etc. The plumber will cut all the necessary holes to install the pipes during this stage. He or she will then install such pipes using an array of equipment, such as welding appliances.

Gas line installation gets done at this stage in the process as well. In some cases, the same plumber can install the gas line who does the other work. In other situations, that plumber may not have the right licensing or credentials, so a different contractor must work with the gas lines. 

This stage ends after the plumber performs a few tests to ensure everything works. Once everything is up and running, the plumber proceeds to close everything.

Stage 3: The Final Phase

Appliance installation happens during the last stage, and it may include installing the sinks, toilets, showers, and appliances, such as dishwashers and water purification systems. A final leak check is done at the end of this stage, and the project wraps up shortly thereafter. 

Now you know a little bit about how plumbing gets installed. However, you should speak with an experienced plumber for more information. This piece only covered the surface, while a plumber can give you an in-depth explanation and help you plan your project accordingly. 

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