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6 Common Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid When Remodelling Your Kitchen
Renovating or remodelling the kitchen requires ample time for planning. While it’s understandable that you as a homeowner will be preoccupied with the themes and design of the kitchen; you shouldn’t forget about the plumbing of this room. The plumbing system is integral for your kitchen operations to work smoothly. However, there are common plumbing mistakes that homeowners do when they’re remodelling their kitchen. Learn more about these oversights below.
- Using pipes that aren’t compatible
When it comes to plumbing systems; it’s okay to use different types of pipes as long as they’re compatible with each other. Some homeowners often do disastrous errors such as combining pipes that aren’t suitable with one another. This can lead the pipes to become corroded or have frequent leaks. Of course, the corrosion and leakage can easily damage your newly refurbished kitchen.
Aside from the pipe-to-pipe connection; you should also be wary if the pipes you’re using can be joined with the fixtures. Sometimes the pipes don’t match well with appliances and causes extremely low water pressure. Last but not the least; avoid joining several fixtures to a single set of pipes. The reason is that multiple fixtures can strain the plumbing system and will also result in having a weakened water pressure.
2. Not getting help from a plumbing expert for complicated work
Even seasoned DIYers ask help from plumbers for certain plumbing jobs that are too intricate. If you’re going to do a full makeover for your kitchen then you should really get a professional plumber to oversee the plumbing work. Their expertise will help prevent faulty installations and ensure that your newly reconstructed kitchen has retained or improved its plumbing system.
- No vents on your sink or other fixtures
Plumbing vents are a particular set of pipes that expels air and sewer fumes outside from your home. Furthermore, the vents also help in keeping the drainage pressure. If your sink doesn’t have any vents then the sewage gases will remain trapped and leave you prone to noxious vapours and fumes. You shouldn’t overlook the importance of plumbing vents and have your plumber check your ventilation if it’s still working properly.
4. Always selecting the cabinets and countertops before the sink
One of the common plumbing mistakes when it comes to kitchen remodelling is picking the cabinets and countertop before the sink. The problem with this is that it usually results in the sink having an inexact size. The best option is to have the cabinet and countertops constructed around the design and size of the sink. Choosing the sink first will make it easier for the contractor and save you the money and time.
5.Trying to rush the whole project
Everyone wants to get their remodelling project get finished as soon as possible. Whether it’s a kitchen, bathroom, or any other type of home renovation. After all, your daily routine gets interrupted and you have to deal with the nuisances of an ongoing project. However, forcing the contractors to get everything finished — causing the quality of work to be negatively affected — will only end up with a poor output and unsatisfactory results. Let the experts take their time to complete the project.
- Not properly setting up the flooring
In order to save time and materials, contractors or the homeowners themselves allow the floors to be applied to the appliances instead of below them. This can be a problem later on during appliance repairs since the flooring isn’t consistent. The best solution is to take out the appliances and apply the tiles or whatever material you used to have uniform flooring all throughout the kitchen.
This post is sponsored by Your Neighbourhood Plumber Newtown, a multi-award winning family-owned plumbing business founded in 2000.