Plumbing system installation is performed by licensed contractors in accordance with detailed plumbing code requirements. These code requirements were established primarily for individual and public health reasons.
3. Common Defect or Problem – Water pipe banging/water hammer.
Performance Standard – There can be some instances when the electric valves on appliances or single control valves are shut off fast, which can cause some banging. All noises due to water flow and pipe expansion cannot be removed.
Builder Repair Responsibility – Builder is responsible to have pipes fastened properly.
Craig’s Comments: Water hammer can cause excessive pressure in pipes and create leaks. If water hammer is occuring, the situation should be corrected .Many plumbers install anti-hammer devices at each faucet or fixture.
5. Common Defect or Problem – Cracking, scratches or chipping of porcelain, fiberglass surfaces or faucets.
Performance Standard – Chips, cracks and scratches on surfaces of bathtubs, kitchen sinks and faucets can occur when surfaces is hit with sharp or heavy objects.
Builder Repair Responsibility – Builder shall repair any fixture or fitting which is outside acceptable standards as defined by the manufacturer. Builder will not be responsible for repairs unless damage has been reported to builder in writing at preoccupancy inspection prior to closing.
6. Common Defect or Problem – Stopped-up sewers, fixtures, and drains.
Performance Standard – Sewers, fixtures, and drains should operate properly to accomplish their intended function.
Builder Repair Responsibility – Builder will not be responsible for sewers, fixtures, and drains, which are clogged through natural causes or the homeowner’s negligence. If a problem occurs, the homeowner should consult builder for a proper course of action. Where defective construction is shown to be the cause, builder will assume the cost of the repair. Where homeowner negligence is shown to be the cause, the homeowner shall assume all repair costs.
8. Common Defect or Problem – Sump pump does not operate.
Performance Standard – Sump pump should reasonably be expected to perform for a one-year period satisfactorily, unless unusual conditions such as underground springs or high water tables are encountered. Owner is responsible for maintaining a proper grade and downspout extensions should be used to keep water from pooling near foundation.
Builder Repair Responsibility – Builder shall repair or replace malfunctioning sump pump, except under unusual conditions.
Craig’s Comments: If there are unusual conditions, it seems to me that the builder should have addressed them during construction. If a sump pump works that much, there should be some other way to address the water problem.
10. Common Defect or Problem – Plumbing pipes freeze and burst.
Performance Standard – Drain, waste, and vent, and water pipes shall be adequately protected, as required by applicable code, during normally anticipated cold weather, and as defined in accordance with ASHRAE design temperatures, to prevent freezing.
Builder Repair Responsibility – Builder will correct situations not meeting the code. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to drain or otherwise protect lines and exterior faucets and hose bibs even if they have an anti-siphon valve attached) exposed to freezing temperatures.
12. Common Defect or Problem – Defective appliance or fixtures supplied by owner.
Performance Standard – Any appliances or fixtures supplied by the owner will not be warranted for leakage, etc. by the builder. There may be some instances where a plumber will not install an owner’s fixtures if the fittings are not proper.