We like to think the pipes in our house are good for the life of the house, but experience tells us this is not always the case.
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To correctly form and fit pipe penetrations is time consuming and expensive, but necessary to maintain weathertightness. The best solution is to avoid them but sometimes that isn’t possible.
Holes or notches are sometimes required in timber framing members, but they must be carefully located so they do not undermine structural integrity.
Considering the key requirements of a plumbing system early in a house design can lead to a smoother consenting and building experience, fewer call-backs and happier clients.
Brush up on your knowledge of the technical terms for sanitary plumbing and how the various elements function and are installed.
Showers use more water than any other domestic activity, according to a BRANZ research project looking at where our water goes.
When a penetration is required through the cladding of an existing building, effective sealing and weatherproofing is more difficult than when a penetration is incorporated during construction.
The location of sewer and stormwater pipes requires careful planning at the design stage of a building project as changes are difficult and costly to achieve once a floor slab is in place.
When a soak pit is required, a building consent application with calculations for pit sizing must be lodged. So, how do you make the calculations?
The Building Code has precise requirements for the installation and location of gully traps. As well as locating and building them correctly, make sure any decks and other structures built over top allow access for cleaning.
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