The kitchen serves as the hub of modern homes. Families gather together in the kitchen to prepare and eat meals, complete homework, and play games with one another. As the ways that modern families use kitchens evolve, older kitchen spaces might no longer be functional.
Kitchen remodels can add to the value and functionality of your home, and many homeowners may get caught up in selecting new flooring, cabinets, and paint colors. But you shouldn't overlook the important role the plumbing will play in your kitchen remodel.
Proper planning can help you avoid making costly plumbing mistakes as you give your old and tired kitchen a modern new look.
1. No Water Line to the Refrigerator
The purchase of new appliances often goes hand-in-hand with a kitchen remodel. You don't want to leave an outdated oven or refrigerator in your newly remodeled space. But take into consideration the features of your new refrigerator in terms of the plumbing layout in your kitchen.
Modern refrigerators are often equipped with automatic ice makers and built-in water dispensers. These features require access to water in order to function properly. If you are updating your refrigerator as part of your kitchen remodel, you may need to extend a water line to the space where your refrigerator will be installed.
This should be done before any of your fixtures, appliances, and finishes are installed to reduce the amount of labor required to complete your kitchen remodel.
2. No Plumbing Inspection Scheduled
Another mistake that might affect the success of your kitchen remodel in the future is a failure to schedule a full plumbing inspection during the remodel.
Even if you don't plan to relocate any of your plumbing fixtures, you should have a licensed plumber take a look at the pipes, valves, and other plumbing components when your kitchen has been gutted for an update. Most of the plumbing system that is normally hidden behind walls or appliances will exposed at this time.
A plumber can inspect for signs of leaks, pipe damage, or deteriorating components that will need to be replaced before your remodel is complete. Catching potential problems and having them repaired before you finish your remodel will protect your new cabinets and flooring against water damage.
3. A Separation Between the Sink and Dishwasher
The sink and the dishwasher are two of the primary plumbing components found in the kitchen. Both of these appliances will require access to hot and cold water supply lines. A wastewater drainage pipe will also be needed to remove the water that drains from the sink and dishwasher.
Homeowners can make the mistake of trying to separate the sink and dishwasher when changing the layout of their kitchen during a remodel. Keep in mind that the dishwasher and the sink are able to share the same hot and cold water supply lines and wastewater drain pipe. It would be a mistake to separate these features in your new kitchen.
If you keep the sink and dishwasher in close proximity to one another, you won't have to invest in an additional plumbing hookup to service each appliance individually.
A remodeled kitchen can give your family access to a living space that meets your unique needs. Successful kitchen remodels require a lot of planning and preparation, especially when in regard to the plumbing system that serves the room.You must consider the existing condition and layout of the plumbing components in your kitchen if you want to avoid costly mistakes while remodeling. Contact Peter Piper's Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Service to help you get through a kitchen remodel without compromising the efficiency of your plumbing.