One of the most fun aspects of home ownership is putting your own personal stamp on your dwelling. For those moving into an existing home, or those who have lived in their homes for some time, this can often include a kitchen remodel. There’s not much better than getting rid of those builder grade cabinets or the clashing backsplash that the previous owner installed. While picking out new flooring and countertops can be exciting, most of us don’t consider the potential need for some less obvious work, such as kitchen plumbing.
While it’s one of those elements you don’t get to visibly see the benefit of, proper plumbing is essential for kitchen items like sinks, dishwashers, and fridges that dispense water and ice. Aside from potential upgrades like these, it’s important to consider what other reasons you may need plumbing services while remodeling your kitchen.
Of course we all want those upgrades, like the fancy new dishwasher and fridge that dispenses water, it’s important to think about the big picture as well. Aside from the potential need to run new plumbing for any appliance upgrades or additions, you’ll also want to consider the need for these plumbing services when remodeling your kitchen.
You may have picked out the most fabulous new sink and faucet to go with those new cabinets, but have you considered whether or not the existing plumbing will work with your choices? Avoid the need to tear out or immediately tweak any new design elements and have your plumber consult on if everything will match up with your current plumbing.
For many, a kitchen remodel means completely altering the footprint of the room. Maybe you’re adding a kitchen island or that ice dispensing refrigerator. If so, you’ll definitely need to run some new plumbing line to get a proper supply to everything.
Many older homes still have pipes and plumbing that is outdated and may not be to today’s codes and standards. Some older homes may have pipes made of galvanized steel or cast iron. Cast iron can rust over time, and galvanized steel only lasts around 50 years. Once, you open walls and can see all the plumbing, you may encounter issues you didn’t even know existed.
If you do find your plumbing is outdated, it may ideal to replace it, even if it is still in good shape. Knowing certain materials have specific lifespans means it may make the most sense to just replace it all while everything is exposed during the remodel. After all, a large part of the cost on plumbing repairs is simply getting to the pipes in the first place.
If you are considering a kitchen remodel, be sure to contact a trustworthy plumbing company like Dellarocco Plumbing & Heating along with the other contractors needed to get the job done. It will likely save you time, money, and heartache in the long run.
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