When moving into a new home, you expect everything to work as intended. While this may happen, it's possible that you will run into a few problems soon after taking up residence.
New construction homes are prone to a variety of plumbing problems, many of which can damage your home.
Here are some of the most common new home construction plumbing problems:
- Malfunctioning air conditioner: You may not think about this as a plumbing issue, but it fits into this category. For example, improper installation can result in the emission of toxins into your home, thus causing you a variety of health concerns.
- Clogged pipes: There are many causes of clogged pipes, such as construction debris making its way into the plumbing system. The issue with this is the inability to see the clog before you move in. You won't know about a clog until you attempt to use your water for an extended period of time.
- Drain blockage: This is associated with clogged pipes and has the potential to damage the integrity of your plumbing system, while also acting as a health hazard.
- Leaking faucets: It doesn't sound like a big deal at first, but it can cause you trouble down the road. For instance, a leaking faucet will result in a higher than necessary water bill. Furthermore, it could eventually turn into a bigger problem, thus causing water damage.
- Ineffective sump pump: A sump pump is installed to keep water away from the foundation of your home. If it doesn't perform as intended, the integrity of your foundation is at risk. Common causes of failure include improper installation, product defect and lack of maintenance during the build.
Building a new home should be an exciting process. Unfortunately, your good time can turn to anger if you run into a plumbing problem.
If this happens, contact your builder to discuss your options. With a warranty in place, they may be willing to visit your home, pinpoint the issue and implement a solution.
If your builder fights back, telling you that they're not responsible for your problem, learn more about your legal rights in California. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to receive compensation for the defect.