The next step in building a custom home after getting it framed is installing the mechanicals which are plumbing, HVAC, and electrical.
We like to think that if the framing is the skeleton of the house, the mechanicals are the organs that bring it to life. These are the things that keep you warm in the winter, cool in the summer, allow you to take a hot shower, and make your surround-sound cinema possible.
The first step is plumbing. This takes 2 to 3 days to complete. The water and waste lines will be run and then they test it. This is done by filling up a bathtub full of water. This is to make sure there are no leaks. If the water level doesn’t go down after a couple of days then the plumbing system is good!
HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning)
HVAC is the next phase after plumbing is completed. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. This will take about 3 to 4 days to complete. The HVAC is mainly composed of the furnace, the air conditioning mechanical parts, and the series of ducts. The ducts carry the air throughout the home to be distributed and control the temperature of the house.
The electricians come in once the HVAC is done. It takes approximately 4 to 5 days to complete this step. The future outlet and switch locations will be installed. In addition, they put in the load panel where the circuit breakers will be installed which distributes the power throughout the house.
Stay tuned for our next step in our Building a Custom Home series – Insulation and Drywall. Missed earlier chapters of Building a Custom Home in North Carolina? Binge watch here
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