Unless you are doing a minor renovation of your kitchen, the plumbing will undoubtedly be impacted by the remodeling. Changes to the plumbing can prove to be costly if there are mistakes made during the renovation. To help keep your remodeling on track, here are some plumbing mistakes you need to watch for.
Waiting to Select a Sink
The sink might not seem like such an important part of the project, but it can have a bearing on other components in the kitchen. If you wait until after you have installed the cabinets and countertops, your choices for a sink could be limited to the space you have. There is also the possibility that you cannot find a sink that fits any unusual space that remains for the sink.
To avoid this problem, always start by choosing your kitchen sink. Once you have the sink, you can work with your contractor to design the cabinets and countertops so that you have the right amount of space to fit your sink.
Using Mismatched Pipes
Part of updating your kitchen will likely include changes to your pipes. Bringing in new pipes is a great way to ensure a quality renovation, but if the pipes are mismatched, you could be setting up your plumbing for problems later. The pipes and connectors must be compatible with your current plumbing.
When it comes to compatibility, the material the pipes and connectors are composed of matters. In addition to this, you want to be sure the pipes are up to the job. For instance, the pipe that provides the water for your refrigerator will be different than the one providing water to your kitchen sink.
Leaving Out the Plumbing Vents
In the rush to complete the kitchen renovation, some homeowners make the horrible mistake of forgetting the plumbing vents. The vents are one of the most important parts of your kitchen's plumbing system. The vents are responsible for funneling sewer gases out of the home. Without the vents, you could experience drainage problems.
The number of vents that are needed depends on the fixtures you have in place. A plumbing contractor, such as from First Class Plumbing LLC, can assess the existing plumbing system and the changes that need to be made to determine the proper placement of the vents and the type needed.
In addition to helping you avoid these mistakes, a plumbing contractor can help you avoid other costly errors in your remodeling project.