Before constructing the foundation for your new home, there are a couple of essential jobs to do. Preparation is the key when it comes to pouring a foundation, so make sure you allow for plumbing, and moisture and termite protection.
Putting in Plumbing
Before the house foundation is poured, it is important to consider when the plumbing elements need to be in place. With a concrete slab, it is always advisable for plumbing to go in first as it can be costly to add plumbing once the foundation is laid. As an essential part of a home’s infrastructure, plumbing must be installed correctly, otherwise plumbing issues can lead to issues with water leakage, clogs and backups that can cause damage to the foundation itself.
When you’re thinking about the plumbing for your home, it’s also a good idea to think ahead. Consider what you might need in the future. Maybe you’ll want to add another bathroom or change the layout. So, plan the plumbing in a way that can adapt to these possible changes down the road. This way, you won’t have to redo everything if you decide to make updates later on. Which can be particularly painful with a slab foundation. With stump foundations, there‘s much less of an issue with plumbing preparation , as the property can be accessed easily through the raised nature of the foundations.
Termite and Moisture Barriers
Another consideration when laying a foundation is protecting your home from termites, and an effective way to do that is in the slab or stump installing phase of a new build. There are many different ways to achieve this, whether slab or stumps. It typically boils down to three choices of termite protection – a physical barrier made of steel mesh, chemically barriers between the foundation and house, or termiticides soaked into the ground prior to the foundations being laid.
Following the correct procedures, and thinking ahead with elements like plumbing and termite protection is an essential part of the pre-construction process. Even though your builder will most likely take care of it, it is always good to understand the procedures involved along the way to make sure your home is being built on a solid foundation.