Plumbing is a huge topic and isn’t easy to cover in one blog post but here’s a few rookie mistakes that I’m seeing in the field.
Mistake #1 – Cheap Plumbing Materials & Fixtures
The materials your plumber uses can make a big difference in the final quality of your homes. Rookie builders don’t pay much attention to the finer details of what the plumber is installing.
For instance: I use all 1/4 Turn Ball Stop Brass Shut off valves for my houses (I like the KT Series from BrassCraft). These will last for decades and be leak free in 30+ years when you need to turn them off! They run about $11-15 each.
1/4 Turn Ball Valve stops for toilets are incrementally more expensive but much better.
If you are taking the lowest bid on your plumbing (and you’re not specifying) you’re going to get these cheapie shut off valves that run about $3-5 each. In my remodel experiences, I’ve seen these fail in under 15 years of service quite often. Continue Reading
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