Standards / Plumbing

Plumbing


 

Coverage 1st Year Only

Workmanship and Materials

Note: Remodeling Specific: The Bolster Contractor is responsible only for areas of the property worked on and specified in the contract, and not for the entire house.

 

Water Supply System

6-1-1

Observation: Condensation appears on pipes, fixtures and plumbing supply lines.

Performance Guideline: Condensation on pipes, fixtures, and plumbing supply lines may occur at certain combinations of temperature and indoor humidity.

Remodeling Specific: See Note at beginning of chapter. Corrective Measure: The owner is responsible for controlling humidity in the home.

Discussion: The owner may insulate pipes and supply lines.

 

Faucets, Valves And Pipes

6-1-2

Observation: A faucet or valve leaks.

Performance Guideline: No faucet or valve shall leak because of defects in material or workmanship.

Remodeling Specific: See Note at beginning of chapter.

Corrective Measure: The Bolster Contractor will repair or replace the leaking faucet or valve.

Discussion: Leakage caused by worn or defective washers or seals is homeowner maintenance item.

 

6-1-3

Observation: Water pipe is noisy.

Performance Guideline: Because of the flow of water and pipe expansion, the water pipe system will emit some noise. However, the pipes should not make the pounding noise called "water hammer" (noise occurring in a water pipe when air is trapped in the pipe).

Corrective Measure: The Bolster Contractor cannot remove all noises caused by water flow and pipe expansion. However, The Bolster Contractor will correct the system to eliminate "water hammer."

 

Plumbing Fixtures

6-2-1

Observation: A plumbing fixture, appliance, or trim fitting is defective.

Performance Guideline: Plumbing fixtures, appliances, and trim fittings shall not be damaged or defective at the time of substantial completion of the project.

Remodeling Specific: See Note at beginning of chapter.

Corrective Measure: If the fixtures, appliances or trim were supplied by The Bolster Contractor and they are not in accordance with the manufactures guidelines they must be repaired or replaced. If supplied and or installed by the owner no action is required of The Bolster Contractor. Defective trim fittings, appliances, and fixtures are covered under manufacturers’ warranties.

 

6-2-2

Observation: The surface of a plumbing fixture is cracked or chipped.

Performance Guideline: Cracks, scrapes and chips in surfaces of bathtubs and sinks are considered unacceptable if they are visible from 3 feet away in normal lighting conditions.

Remodeling Specific: See Note at beginning of chapter.

Corrective Measure: If the fixtures were supplied by The Bolster Contractor and they do not meet the performance guideline they must be repaired or replaced. If supplied and or installed by the owner no action is required of The Bolster Contractor. The Bolster Contractor is not responsible for repairs unless the damage is reported to The Bolster Contractor prior to substantial completion of the project. Defective fixtures are covered under manufacturers’ warrantees.

Discussion: Fiberglass and acrylic fixtures often may be repaired.

 

6-2-3

Observation: A fiberglass tub or shower enclosure base flexes.

Performance Guideline: The tub or showers are to be installed according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Remodeling Specific: See Note at beginning of chapter.

Corrective Measure: The Bolster Contractor shall repair the base to meet the performance guideline.

 

6-2-4

Observation: A vanity top is cracked.

Performance Guideline: Vanity tops shall not have cracks at drain connections when installed.

Remodeling Specific: See Note at beginning of chapter.

Corrective Measure: The Bolster Contractor shall repair or replace the vanity top to meet the performance guidelines. Cracks must be noted prior to substantial completion of the project.

 

6-2-5

Observation: Staining of plumbing fixtures due to high iron content in water.

Performance Guideline: None.

Corrective Measure: None. High iron content in the water supply system will cause staining of plumbing fixtures.

Discussion: Maintenance and treatment of the water is the owner’s responsibility. 

 

 

This post is intended for informational purposes only and is general in nature as it does not take into account your personal renovation situation. You should really consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs, and where appropriate, seek professional advice from a licensed architect, general contractor or financial / legal adviser. Bolster gratefully acknowledges the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in developing their Residential Construction Performance Guidelines for Professional Builders & Remodelers (Third Edition). Bolster's Quality Standards are closely modeled after the NAHB Guidelines but have been adjusted for local purposes.