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ENGIE joins Midland Metropolitan Hospital project

January 31st, 2020 No comments

Leading energy and services specialist, ENGIE, is playing a key role in developing the new £475 million Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick in the West Midlands.

Work will now re-commence following two years of delays due to the collapse of Carillion, with the project now set to be completed by Balfour Beatty.

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which will run Midland Met, said that securing the services of ENGIE, which aims to embrace a lower carbon and more efficient way of working, was a big step towards opening the hospital.

Mark Harris, divisional managing director for ENGIE UK & Ireland, said: “We are very pleased to be working alongside the trust to bring their new flagship site online over the next two years, before becoming a strategic partner at the hospital.

“ENGIE has long-term experience in successfully providing facilities management services to a wide range of healthcare establishments across the UK, including primary care facilities and major acute hospitals. We look forward to working closely with the trust and serving the local community.” Trust chairman Richard Samuda said: “This is a key long-term relationship for us, with a shared commitment to local procurement, local employment and the living wage.”

Trust chief executive Toby Lewis said: “ENGIE is a major energy provider with a focus on sustainability. We know that our future will move towards a zero carbon position and we want to be at the forefront of that movement.

“ENGIE provide facility management services in over 30 hospitals across the NHS and we look forward to working successfully together.”

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How will digital transformation bolster the real estate industry?

January 30th, 2020 No comments

Most sectors have benefited greatly from their processes being dismantled and reconstructed by digital transformation. However, to date the real estate industry has only undergone very minor improvements, such as housing adverts moving online. Read through our guide below, which helps to outline the changes we can expect to see in the near future.

Virtual Reality

70 per cent of all today’s property buyers conduct their searches online. This provides a significant reduction the amount of time that would have been spent 20 years ago, saving them from trooping from one estate agent to another, picking up copious amounts of brochures. Despite this, the experience can be extended even further thanks to what’s on offer from the internet. Once you’ve shortlisted a variety of properties which match your taste, you then have to organise a viewing which suits both you and the seller.

If you’re moving a large distance, this can be particularly inconvenient. With developments in relation to virtual reality however, potential buyers can walk around a property with the help of holography, getting a real feel for the place without having to visit it. Not only does this save the time and money of the buyer and the seller, it also means an estate agent doesn’t have to attend the property either — further reducing costs.

Cloud

One of the main stress-inducing aspects of real estate is the sheer quantity of paperwork, all of which is of grave importance. One of the most valuable pieces of paper you will ever lay your hands on is the deeds for your house. However, taking advantage of the likes of Cloud will support the process in a digital fashion — offering a place to house the variety off documents. Meanwhile, the development of blockchain in securing details will make for a more simplistic transaction.

Although there still exist hurdles in regard to binding digital signatures, the HM Land Registry are continually analysing its rules on how to implement such technologies into its processes, knowing how cost-effective and time efficient it would be.

App-purchasing

The app generation has taken over and with the growth of the likes of Purple Bricks, the property industry isn’t much different. Book a valuation using the app, have your property promoted online through the Purple Bricks website and companies such as Zoopla, control viewings online on 24/7 basis, and finally, manage all the incoming offers. Unlike going through an estate agent, where, if a bid rolls in, you have to wait on the estate agent contacting you to inform you, with Purple Bricks’ handy concept, you can view your offers at all times, and even accept them using the app —the only non-digitalised aspect of the entire process is the company calling round to put up the estate agent boards.

Communication

The popularity of the humble text message has increased tenfold over the past number of years, particularly amongst millennials. Jill Hussar, a Florida based realtor, describes the current situation within the housing market as: “millennials prefer the majority of communication to be via text message.

She goes on to note how they: “use texts to express their interest in a property, schedule appointments and ask questions while phone calls are usually reserved for more urgent or pressing concerns”. On the side of the agent, 90 per cent are communicating through text, 94 per cent through email, while 36 per cent are using instant messaging.

With an increased dependency on cost-cutting and efficiency in 2019, every sector is placing an emphasis on their use of technologies and the real estate industry is no different, with everything become significantly more aligned with digitilisation. Who knows what is yet to come, but it will certainly be intriguing?

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Civils chiefs raise alarm over rampant insurance cost hikes

January 30th, 2020 No comments

The full scale of the growing Professional Indemnity cover crisis in construction has been revealed in a survey by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association.

CECA members are reporting spiralling costs for insurance as the market for cover continues to harden.

The survey revealed:

  • 92% of contractors have experienced substantially increased premiums
  • 85% have seen a reduction in PI insurance providers
  • More than half have seen large increases in excesses
  • More than half have found it impossible to get cover on an each-and-every basis
  • More than 70% have seen their PI insurance costs rise at least 20% at their last renewal, with costs more than doubling for 22%.

CECA Chief Executive Alasdair Reisner said: “There has been a substantial hardening of the insurance market accessible to contractors, which has meant there are fewer insurance providers, narrower cover, increasing premiums, and higher policy excesses.

“We are advising our members as to the best steps they can take to mitigate these challenges, and are recommending that they access information on forthcoming renewal of policies as early as possible, meet directly with their insurers, and identify the appropriate risk management procedures to deploy across their businesses.

“We now hope to work with Government, our members, and the insurance companies themselves, to identify steps that will improve the availability and affordability of insurance in the infrastructure sector.”

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£500m funding to bring back historic rail lines

January 29th, 2020 Comments off

The Government has pledged to spend £500m reopening old railway connections in a move to roll back the Beeching era of cuts to the network.

The benefits of reversing the Beeching cuts have already been seen. In 2015, a £10m project restored ‘Todmorden Curve’ enabling direct services from Burnley and Accrington to Manchester

Launching the plan to kickstart the restoration of lines closed more than 50 years ago, transport secretary Grant Shapps has released cash to re-open two lines in the near future: £1.5m to the Ashington-Blyth-Tyne Line in Northumberland, and £100,000 to the Fleetwood line in Lancashire.

Shapps said: “Many communities still live with the scars that came from the closure of their local railway more than five decades ago. Today sees work begin to undo the damage of the Beeching cuts by restoring local railways and stations to their former glory.”

Cuts in 1963 by British Rail chief Dr Richard Beeching ended passenger services on around a third of the rail network, closing more than 2,300 stations and up to 5,000 miles of track across the country.

Shapps added that he recognised that not all growing towns could re-open previously existing stations, and that some areas were never served by rail.

To meet this demand he pledged that the government would also invest £20m in a fresh round of the New Stations Fund.

Two previous rounds of the scheme have already helped develop 10 new stations across England and Wales.

The transport secretary has invited MPs, local authorities and community groups across England to come forward with proposals on how they could use funding to reinstate axed local services.

Around £300,000 has been committed to an ‘Ideas Fund’ to kickstart the process to encourage innovative ideas that will then be considered for further funding in the future.

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What is the value of apprentices in construction?

January 28th, 2020 Comments off

It’s been a concern for a while that the construction industry doesn’t have enough skilled workers. City & Guilds found that 87% of employers were already finding it difficult to recruit the necessary number of skilled workers last year and, Construction News reported that official figures show  12.6% of UK construction workers come from overseas, with 5.7% originating from the EU. Staggeringly, this rises to six in 10 in London, with 30% of British-born construction workers currently over 50 years old. This means that businesses are likely to feel the pinch of those departing in the coming years through retirement when Brexit comes into play.

However, it’s believed by some experts that apprenticeships are crucial. They could be more important than ever before following Brexit and an influx of publicity which circulated around National Apprenticeship Week in March seems to have encouraged employers to think about the future of their workforces — could it be that apprentices will fill the employee shortage?

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The top five sectors for apprenticeship starts are Engineering, Manufacturing, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment. In the academic year of 2016/2017, the Engineering and Manufacturing sector witnessed 74,000 starts, while the Construction sector had 21,000. Leading UK housebuilder, Redrow, released its second annual research report which revealed that, thanks to a positive shift in attitudes and the perception of construction, the apprenticeship pathway has improved, with a 14% increase in young people considering a career in the sector.

Discussing the report, Redrow’s Group HR Director, Karen Jones, said: “This year’s results illustrate that apprenticeships and careers in construction are being viewed in a more positive light.

“Apprenticeships are a way of futureproofing the UK workforce, particularly in sectors where there is a skills shortage, such as construction, so it is pleasing to see that progress is being made.”

Due to the introduction of the apprenticeship levy last year, it’s expected that success for apprenticeships will continue as the levy brings with it a new way of funding apprenticeship programmes. While some employers have snubbed the new levy as just being ‘another tax’, both large and small employers can benefit from the fund, meaning that 90% of apprenticeship training costs are funded by the government. Furthermore, employers within the construction sector can use up to 10% of the funding to train employees across the full supply chain — something not to be snubbed with the current shortage in skilled workers.

Apprenticeships are delivering the goods, according to UK Construction Media. A massive 86% of employers say that apprenticeships are helping them develop skills relevant to their organisation, and 78% believe they help improve productivity.

Furthermore, Develop Training’s CEO, Chris Wood, believes that apprenticeship programmes are indeed working, saying: “Working with some of the UK’s largest utility firms, our success rates have been very high. We and our customers have no doubt that, managed well, apprenticeships do work.”

He added: “New initiatives such as Trailblazer Apprenticeships and the Apprenticeship Levy have raised awareness across the UK. Even so, and despite huge skills shortages, many employers are still only scratching the surface of what they could be doing to use apprenticeships to attract new people to join the industry and improve the skills of existing employees.”

In terms of what the future holds, apprenticeships could be crucial to successfully fulfilling the demand in the construction industry.  With Downing Street committing itself to creating three million new apprenticeships by 2020, we could see the construction industry receiving a large chunk of those programmes. This will provide an opportunity to deliver a new generation of highly skilled workers — something that the industry is experiencing a lack of right now. In fact, the Director of the National Apprentice Service, Sue Husband, predicts that 2018 will be crucial for programmes. As more opportunities become available, now could be the time to cut yourself a slice of the apprenticeship programme success — and secure your future workforce now.

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Trade body webinar sets out best practice in structural waterproofing for podium decks

January 28th, 2020 Comments off

A national trade body has produced a webinar to support architects and building professionals with the challenges of waterproofing podium decks.

While the construction of podium decks has been around for some time, the use of a basement roof structure to extend beyond the building line and under gardens has increased recently.

In line with this trend, the PCA’s specialist structural waterproofing members are reporting an increase in the number of calls requesting their advice and expertise to resolve a number of issues.

With this in mind, the PCA is bringing in one of the UK’s eminent experts in the subject area, Ben Hickman, to give insight into some of the key issues.

Ben, of CSSW.LONDON, a PCA Board Member and leading waterproofing design specialist, has recently completed a research Masters at the University of Cambridge focussing on podium deck waterproofing and is contributing to NHBC Chapter 7.1 task group.

He has also contributed to LABC technical manual development.

Ben will be sharing his expertise, including that gained as an expert witness on numerous failed podium deck waterproofing projects, in the webinar.

Content will include research on fundamental features of podium deck waterproofing, questions over whether podium decks need falls, top tips on podium deck waterproofing and case studies on failures.

More details about the live webinar – which is being held between 8am and 9am on  13 February – as well as booking details, can be found at https://www.property-care.org/events/webinar-podium-deck-waterproofing/

James Berry, PCA Technical Manager, said: “Ben brings together a wealth of expertise in an area of significant importance.

“Increasingly, our expert structural waterproofing members are being called upon to advise on failed systems for this type of structure after the construction phase in a bid to remedy problems.

“However, if advice can be given at an early stage, then costly mistakes can be rectified.

“Hopefully this webinar will go some way to share best practice.”

The webinar is the latest development from the PCA to raise awareness of and put forward solutions to tackle issues with podium decks.

In 2017, it produced the ‘Guidance Document – Podium Decks & Buried Roofs’ (PCA) to help the construction sector make informed decisions on the growing trend being seen in the UK to extend basement roof structures.

The document explains how their advice should be sought at the design stage to iron out problems and avoid costly repairs.

Available for free download from the PCA website http://www.property-care.org/professionals/technical-documents/structural-waterproofing-document-library/ it sets out the importance of gaining expert input at the design stage.

James added: “In line with this rise in popularity of podium decks, we produced this guidance document to help architects and construction professionals make informed choices in the waterproofing of such structures.

“Like all other waterproofing related failures, these problems can become costly to remedy when they are buried underneath complex fitments, expensive finishes and working or leisure surfaces.

“Often, members of the PCA are called in to put forward solutions to remedy the works, but we produced the guide to explain the importance of considering all waterproofing elements in the first place – at the design stage – and not as an afterthought when a problem arises.”

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Late Payments Can Cripple Commercial Electrical Contractors: Here Are Some Tips On How To Get Paid Promptly

January 28th, 2020 Comments off

With late payments costing SMEs across the UK thousands of pounds to collect, and the total amount owed to small and medium sized enterprises across the country now totally £23.4 billion, it’s clear that this is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.

This is particularly true for commercial electrical contractors, as their time is particularly valuable as they’ve had to study for many years to earn the qualifications needed to fulfil their role. They might need to pay for additional support, equipment rental or parts, which will be paid out of their own pocket if the payment is late.

Late payments also affect the cashflow of a commercial electrical contracting business and can make it hard for it to continue working profitably.

As such, it’s important that commercial electrical contractors work to recoup the money they’re owed. Going to court is one option, but this can take a lot of time and incur considerable costs, so for those who are keen to avoid going down this route, here are some practical tips on how you can drive commercial clients to pay their invoices on time.

Provide Your Estimates Promptly

It’s important that you provide your clients with their estimates and other documents quickly and efficiently, so that they have no excuse not to do the same to you and pay their invoice on time. If you delay providing estimates, then they may use this as a justification for their late payment. One great way to create estimates quickly is to use Ensign, a software product which will quickly work out how long a job will take and how much it will cost, then create an accurate estimate of how much you should charge for it. All you need to do is visit ensignonline.co.uk to find out more about this innovative estimating software and how it can benefit you.

Speak Directly With The Accounts Department

Often, when working with businesses, particularly large organisations with multiple departments, it can be hard to communicate with the person who will be actually paying your invoice. As such, you should try to place your invoice directly into the hands of the person responsible for paying invoices and chase them directly. This will boost your chances of getting paid swiftly and ensure that your invoice doesn’t get lost on the way to the accounts department.

Highlight Your Qualifications

Commercial electrical contracting services are expensive because they require a lot of training, insight and qualifications, meaning that companies cannot bring this expertise in-house easily. If you ever find that your customers are late with making payment, or they query why your services are so costly, then take the time to explain the hard work and effort that went into earning the qualifications you had to earn to give them the service they received. You should also highlight the dangers that electricity poses and make it clear that your services are vital to the smooth running of your clients’ property and business. This should help them to understand the importance of working with a skilled and qualified contractor and drive them to pay their invoice without complaint.

Keep Chasing For Payment

When an invoice is long overdue, it can be easy to forget about it and not chase it, but this could lead your client to think that it’s not important. As such, you should make sure that you keep on top of your late payments and push for them to be paid. You can automate this function on most phones and email systems, allowing you to set of reminders and send scheduled messages. This will help to reinforce the message that the bill needs paying and, hopefully, get your invoice paid.

Offer Multiple Ways To Pay

In some instances, clients could be struggling to make payment for your services because they do not have the cash ready to pay or are slightly behind trend and only use cheques to make payment. They could also be too far ahead of the latest developments in payment technology and only make payment using innovative new solutions that you don’t currently use. As such, you should try to offer a variety of payment methods so that your clients will have no excuse not to pay and can easily find a way to pay their invoice that suits them.

Put An Interest Charge In Place For Severely Late Payments

Late payments can seriously disrupt your business and cause cashflow problems, so if you have payments that are really late, but you don’t want to go to court just yet, consider charging interest instead. This will incentivise clients to pay their bills. Send an updated invoice with the new charges and make it clear that the interest will continue to be charged the longer they avoid paying the bill. You could even offer to remove the interest charges from the invoice if it is paid immediately, to expedite the process and get your finances back on track.

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SOFiSTiK Seminar on March 27 and 28 in Munich: International Conference for Civil and Structural Engineers on new Developments and Recent Projects in the Construction Industry.

January 27th, 2020 Comments off

SOFiSTiK Seminar on March 27 and 28 in Munich: International Conference for Civil and Structural Engineers on new Developments and Recent Projects in the Construction Industry.

  • Key topics: design and analysis for bridges, buildings, and infrastructure
  • Presentations by Werner Sobek AG, Royal HaskoningDHV, FINLEY Engineering Group, and more

The 2020 SOFiSTiK Seminar on March 27 and 28 is
guided by the theme Connecting People.

Oberschleißheim, January 21, 2020 —- The construction software company SOFiSTiK will be hosting the 2020 SOFiSTiK Seminar at the Leonardo Royal Hotel in Munich, Germany on March 27 and 28. This international conference for professionals is recognized as one of the major events for construction engineers in German-speaking countries and will cover topics such as design, analysis, and engineering. In keeping with this year’s theme Connecting People, structural engineering firms and civil engineers at the event will learn how innovative technologies are shaping the nature of collaboration by bringing people closer together and making projects more successful. This edition of the SOFiSTiK Seminar will embrace a new format. The event has been divided into an Innovation Day on March 27 and an Engineering Day on March 28. Leading innovators will offer insights into the future of the industry on the first day of the event.

Some of the scheduled presentations include the following:

  • Werner Sobek AG, Dr.- M.Arch Lucio Blandini: The complex shell structure of Kuwait International Airport Terminal 2
  • Royal HaskoningDHV, Kees van Ijselmuiden: Sustainable 3D-Printed FRP Bridge
  • FINLEY Engineering Group, Jindrich Potucek: SOFiSTiK Based BrIM Bridge Design – with complex steel and segmental concrete case studies

The goal of Engineering Day on March 28 is to make it easier to work with SOFiSTiK software for structural engineering and BIM (building information modeling). SOFiSTiK experts will be presenting new workflows across a number of workshops conducted in either German or English. Some of the topics include using BIM for bridges and other constructions, seismic engineering, and design and code checking. Participants can piece together their own individual program according to their interests. The Connecting People Dinner and get together that follows will give guests an opportunity to connect and share their experiences.

“The SOFiSTiK Seminar has been connecting industry experts from around the world for years now. It’s earned a reputation for the quality of the program. None of that is going to change under the company’s new leadership,” said Frank Deinzer, Chairman of the Executive Board at SOFiSTiK AG. “We want to give participants both theoretical and practical insights. So, we’re going to be presenting some impressive projects our customers have done and running workshops that focus on using our software. It’s a tool that can satisfy the requirements of modern structural engineering as well as innovative BIM workflows.”

Additional information, registration, and the program for the event are available on the event website.

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Eco-friendly hotel

January 24th, 2020 Comments off

Within the next 20 years, our planet could reach the peak regarding oil consumption. What’s more worrying is that the demand for oil continues to grow year upon year as the global production of oil appears to decrease.

This ever-growing problem will impact the way that hotels are constructed in the future, and how eco-friendly strategies can benefit hotels in terms of their cost-efficiency.

When constructing new hotels, most of the machinery used, if not all are powered by fossil fuels and crude oils. The reason for this, is that without them, the construction process would not be able to function in its current form. This is however, having a detrimental impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Within the UK, 50% of carbon emissions are accounted for by the construction industry and machinery within the production process.  

In the light of this, the awareness off how pollution is starting to impact our planet, is finally being realised and as result, attitudes are beginning to change. Within the construction industry, Eco-friendly practices have been growing, and although the US market have estimated revenues of $245 billion, UK firms could also take advantage of these environmentally friendly practices.

Providers of container hire and waste management solutions, Reconomy explain further on how eco-friendly practices can be implemented within the construction of hotels and other buildings, and once they’re built, can help tackle climate change.

When constructing a new hotel, the UK government are instructing construction firms to use green processes by passing legislation. Post-construction, firms are also encouraged to incorporate green technologies within the build to benefit the environment once construction is complete.

Building an eco-friendly hotel
There are three core principles that need to be taken in account during the construction of a hotel so that’s ecologically beneficial to and within the environment:

  1. What needs to be established, is whether energy is being wasted during construction. During the production process machines can more than often be overused. This leads to energy that is wasted that can never be used again. So that a motor isn’t overworked, electric vehicles or machines with hybrid-engines should be used so that when a motor is overworked – electric engines can help power and support the overall load.
  2. Once the building of the hotel is complete, what energy is being generated within it, and is it being wasted?
  3. Furthermore, assess whether materials for the construction of the hotel have been locally sourced – if they haven’t, a decision has to be made on whether they can be recycled in the future.

For the roofing of the hotel, recycled paper can be utilised instead of new insulation that’s often expensive. By using cheap and practical alternatives – insulation that is produced for individual roofs will be more cost effective when using pre-existing materials. By using timbers that are sourced from sustainably managed forests within the local areas, this avoids when to chop down trees that will not be replanted.

Ecological hotel structures and their design
Based on making the most out of the hotel structure, these eco-friendly techniques can help to save costs, and energy within the hotel design.

  • Drainage systems and water filtration. When biological waste is treated safely, water can be re-used within a hotel. Rainwater can also be utilised and collected into specific drains that recycle it, so it can be re-used instead of water from a tap and also used in outdoor spaces such as gardens and courtyard spaces for plants
  • Low-energy lighting. Low energy lighting can last twice as long as regular lightbulbs, which accounts for an energy saving of 100%
  • Solar energy panels. Solar energy is fast in becoming a cheaper alternative as opposed to other forms of commercial power. When using them within a hotel’s power supply, this can account for a significant saving in energy costs. A hotel also covers a large surface area, which means that many solar panels can be used, maximising the amount of electricity that can be generated in this energy efficient way. 

Benefitting from environmentally friendly construction
The day-to-day running of a hotel can account for 80% of hotel’s overall cost, which can be expensive. Reducing the total running costs of a hotel by one third, introducing green initiatives can help reduce these costs to 53.3% of overall costs.

When it comes to the hotel’s architectural design, daylight should always be considered. This is because daylight helps to save on artificial lighting costs. Furthermore, it is considered by many that the ‘indoor environment quality’ of a hotel can be improved when natural light is abundant – this is because it creates the illusion of more space within a more natural feeling environment, benefitting the health of occupants that are present within the building.

Once the construction part of hotel begins, long-lasting materials that can be recycle should always be utilised. This means that fewer new materials will be used during construction, helping to reduce the overall cost of the build whilst less energy is consumed in order to produce the new structure.

To tackle climate change, construction firms will have to use these materials and techniques within their construction processes. By producing hotels that are greener, more environmentally efficient and conceptualised with the long-term future of the planet in mind, this will ensure that buildings are constructed in a sustainable way for generations to come.

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Top Winchester Plumbing Tips For Construction Sites

January 24th, 2020 Comments off

Construction sites need to be created and maintained with much security. One failure can result in severe problems or even perhaps irreversible damage. For people working around the construction sites, every day can be a new myriad of possibilities that’s a mix of rewarding and frustrating feelings. Every little progress in construction is a big success.

One of the areas of construction sites that need a big focus of attention has to do with the plumbing. Especially for residential neighborhoods, this can be one of the most overlooked areas. But, remember that plumbing problems can have adverse effects both as to the efficiency and financial capacity of the construction site that you’re creating.

That said, here are some of the best plumbing tips for you to remember, as to construction sites:

1. Install Leak Detectors

All thanks to technology, there are now many upgrades, even in plumbing systems that you can use to your advantage. This includes leak detectors. As you install the whole plumbing system around the building or house, it’s worth considering attaching a leak detector.

Sinks, pipes, and the entire plumbing system will eventually weaken in time. One of the telltale signs of problems is in leaking. However, sometimes, leaking may be neglected or manifest only when the problem has already escalated. In the worst instances, you may have to replace the entire plumbing system with a new one. This is more cumbersome than only having to go through a repair.

To avoid more significant and sometimes irreversible damages, a leak detector will tell you when there are first signs of minor leaking. This enables you to address the plumbing problem before it gets too severe.

2. Install Heating And Water Systems In The Basement

One of the best places for you to install the heating and water furnace is in the basement. Plan this outright even before you start with the construction itself. If the building is made to have no basement, remember to install these systems on the main floor. Leave a small room dedicated to this. In smaller houses, even a utility closet will do.

This system is usually attached to the basement or ground floor, for the following reasons:

  • To promote even distribution of heat and water across all rooms of the house
  • To avoid damage or flooding in the rest of the house, should a problem arise
  • Ease of repair, when all plumbing systems are in one room, or adjacent to each other. This includes the sump pump, water heaters, water softener, sewer connection, and furnace.

3. Ensure Proper Installations Of Plumbing Systems

You’ve heard of that all-too-familiar statement that prevention is better than cure. There’s much truth to this statement, indeed, and it applies universally. Not just to medicine, but even in the construction industry. The key to preventing serious problems with the plumbing systems lies in the proactive measure of correctly installing the entire plumbing system.

When it comes time for your team to install the plumbing system, don’t rush this step. Be sure that no steps are skipped, and each is gone through carefully. Two of the most common causes of plumbing issues include improper installation and lose pipes. These problems are avoidable, with proper installation.

4. Always Consult With A Professional Plumber

Should a problem arise, it’s better that you consult with Winchester plumbers. Yes, you may want to save some costs by doing a DIY plumbing job, but this can cause even more severe problems in the future. Though it’ll cost you more initially, the benefits in the long run still outweigh the costs. It will save you hundreds to thousands of dollars in costly repairs in the future.

5. Use The Right Plumbing Tools And Equipment

For some of the minor plumbing problems, anyone in your construction team may be able to do the work successfully themselves. But, you must also be using the right plumbing tools and equipment. Using the right tools and equipment can prevent mistakes and even accidents.

Examples of the right plumbing tools include:

  • Pipe wrenches
  • Drain-clearing tools
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Pipe cutter
  • Rib-joint pliers

Conclusion

Occasional plumbing problems may still be considered as normal. But, when it gets too frequent, that’s when you know that you’re dealing with a severe problem. As plumbing systems run quite deep, it’s essential that even as you’re still in the process of building, you’ve already placed much focus and attention on plumbing. That way, early on, possibly more significant problems are avoided. Keep these tips in mind to avoid falling into the loopholes of plumbing.

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