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Planning A Kitchen Remodel

When is it time to get your plumber involved?

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The kitchen is one of the most used areas of the house. Even if you don’t typically have guests over for dinner or to watch sporting events, you’re still running in and out of that area multiple times a day.

Both a kitchen’s functionality and how it looks is important, which is why many homeowners attempt a kitchen remodel at least once during their home’s lifetime.

Before picking up a wrench to start the job, read through these remodeling tips and some basic kitchen piping information to know what to expect during the project.

Kitchen Tips From The Pros

1) Have A Plan

Kitchen remodels are notorious for going over budget and for not turning out as expected. Without knowing what you want to do and how you’re going to do it, you don’t stand much of a chance at coming in under budget.

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Take a day to assess your situation and to determine what you want out of your remodel. Do you want more storage space? Bigger appliances? More surface area to prepare meals?

Then determine how you can accomplish those things. Your local plumber is a good resource to utilize for this how portion of your plan.  

2) Congregate Water Fixtures

Sure, moving your sink onto an island would look nice and open up other counter space, but the plumbing is not going to be easy, and it’s not going to be cheap, especially if you have a dishwasher to go with it.

If you’re on a tight budget, avoid moving these water fixtures. Keep them as close together as possible. Besides being practical, having a dishwasher directly next to the sink makes figuring out the plumbing much easier.

When you’re moving these fixtures around, consider how it will affect the pipes underneath.

3) Consider Your Fridge Placement

These days, most refrigerators have filtered water and ice machines, which means they have to be hooked up to a water source. This is easy to forget about.

If you’re purchasing a new fridge any time soon, make sure you can run a pipe to it. Otherwise, you may have to plan for an extra renovation that involves moving the fridge location to a more practical place.

Piping Information

Even if you hire a plumber, it’s good to have a basic understanding of the types of pipes and traps found in the kitchen. Here is a run-down of what you need to know for your next renovation.

Pipe Size  

Kitchen drainpipes have a minimum size of 1 ½ inches and can be made up to 2 inches. The pipe size runs the diameter of the pipe opening, and local plumbing codes will typically determine which you should use.

Pipe Composition

Newer kitchen pipes are usually made from white PVC pipes, while older homes may still have copper. PVC is now the pipe of choice because it doesn’t deteriorate like copper, it’s easier to handle during installation, and it’s easier to be taken apart and cleaned.

Traps

Kitchen sinks will use either a P-trap or an S-trap. Both are curved pieces of pipe that are located beneath your sink. They prevent solid items from flowing through your entire piping system, and they also hold a pool of water that seals out gases rising from the sewer. The P-trap can also come in handy if you drop something down the drain like an earring or your wedding ring.

Elbow Pipes

Elbow pipes are fitted between two pipes and are used when you need a change in direction. They usually bend at either 45- or 90-degree angles and have either short (one inch) or long (1 ½ inches) radiuses.

Center Joints

Center joints connect two lengths of pipe. They’re found beneath your sink and above the trap. They’re used to funnel two pipes into one for sinks that have two tubs.

Final Thoughts  

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Don’t let your kitchen remodel get out of hand. Take the necessary steps to be prepared so you don’t end up spending a fortune. Consider contacting your local plumber to assess your kitchen plumbing situation. Not every home is the same, and sometimes your plumbing will determine the feasibility of your remodeling endeavors.

What is your experience with kitchen remodels?

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