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Plumbing vs. Electrical

Building your forever home is an exciting process, but constructing a new house is much more involved than just deciding on the finishing touches. To avoid delays and costly, time-consuming mistakes throughout the building stages, it's crucial that homeowners understand the entire construction process from start to finish. Many general contractors try to convince you the entire project is hassle-free and straightforward, but understanding the best time to install plumbing and electrical fixtures can be tricky — especially when working with subcontracted industries.

The Home-Building Process

To best understand when the best time is to install electrical and plumbing fixtures, new homeowners should know the entire construction process, from the initial planning stages to those last finishing touches and the walkthrough. Make sure you are an interactive part of your building project by asking questions and staying involved, even when the details seem a bit dull or tedious.

The general process for building a new home involves:

  • Preparing the site and pouring the house's foundation.
  • Completing a rough frame.
  • Running rough plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems.
  • Installing insulation, drywall, interior fixtures and exterior finishes.
  • Pouring the driveway and installing flooring.
  • Applying finishing touches and scheduling the final walkthrough.

Which Comes First: Electrical or Plumbing Installation?

After the framing of your new house has been built, plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling technicians will start running rough fixtures throughout the structure. But when it comes to plumbing vs. electrical, is there a process that should be completed first?

The rough-in stage of the building project is when all of these installations are completed, before the walls and ceilings are closed in with drywall and thoroughly reviewed by a building inspector. If the plumbing, electrical or HVAC installations do not pass the initial inspection, they can easily be altered and improved.

For most home building projects, it's ideal for the plumbing fixtures to be installed before the electrical. During the plumbing rough-in installation, all of the water supply, drain pipes and waste pipes are run through holes in the house's studs and framing structure.

While plumbers and electricians can work within the same site simultaneously, many experienced contractors understand there's less confusion when completing the plumbing installation first. It's often safer and easier for the electrical components and wiring to be installed around the larger pipes and plumbing materials.

    For Quality Installations, Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Greater Syracuse

    Building a new home can be hectic and stressful. But when you work with the trained and experienced plumbing professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing, you can trust that your home's plumbing will be completed properly. All of our plumbing technicians are licensed and certified by Onondaga County to perform any type of plumbing-related project throughout the Greater Syracuse, NY, area.

    To learn more about our plumbing installation services for newly built homes, call us today at 315-472-1203 or fill out our online contact form to request a free service estimate.