When you’re prepping to renovate the kitchen, it’s hard to think about anything other than the destruction of your cabinetry. And of course, what your kitchen is going to look like afterward. But if you are going to renovate, it’s also the perfect time to upgrade your plumbing!
The following are recommendations on what you can do to upgrade your plumber from reputed services for a more efficient kitchen.
Choose your water systems carefully
If you’re going to renovate your kitchen, now is the perfect time to revamp your old water systems. One way to rethink your water system is to have a low-flow tap in your new kitchen. This will conserve approximately 16 liters of water per minute (18 liters generally, compared to two liters with low-flow) and save you money in the long run.
Low-flow doesn’t necessarily mean low-pressure, so you’ll lose less energy, conserve water, save money, and save the environment. What’s not to like about low-flow energy systems? This low-flow model can also be applied to your showerhead.
Give back to the earth
Instead of having one sink and a countertop plastic drying rack, for instance, have two sinks and make the second a rinse-and-dry one with a stainless steel drying rack. Consider changing your plumbing below to include a waste disposal unit meant for shredding your food waste into something more manageable in harmony with the zero-waste movement.
This can also be used as a way to create compost if you’re interested in putting back into the earth in that way. While it will cost you more upfront to input this system, you’ll save money in the long run with free compost for your garden!
Measure, measure, then measure again
The importance of measuring, re-measuring, and then checking it thrice cannot be understated, especially when putting in appliances. Because at some point, those appliances are going to be removed, and even being off by a millimeter or two will make all the difference if you have leakage in your pipes gone unchecked.
Let’s say you made the mistake of not measuring the height needed for your dishwasher and in a rush, you didn’t finish the flooring beneath it properly, so it was left unsealed. And your dishwasher develops a slow-leak.
Well, depending on the type of flooring, the flooring could expand (if it’s made of any type of wood), and then butt the top of your dishwasher against the countertop and that sucker isn’t going anywhere. Not without taking the whole countertop apart. You must double-check your measurements and never cut corners to save time.
Place your dishwasher strategically
It’s always a good idea to have your dishwasher placed very near your sink — not only does it offer instant, more convenient access to the dishes themselves, but it also makes your life so much easier and less expensive when it comes to the plumbing.
If there’s one thing your plumber hates it’s installing piping on different sides of the same room when one could just as easily be installed in the same space and make the whole job a whole lot simpler and less expensive for you.
Don’t do anything if you don’t have to
Sometimes, the best course of action with your plumbing set-up in your kitchen is just to leave it where it is and work around it. It’s far simpler and cheaper than tearing it up and moving it around and all that jazz. Renovating your entire kitchen may cost you anywhere from $12,000 to $40,000.
Plumbing is roughly calculated to be about a quarter to a fifth of the final cost of the renovation, depending on what you’re doing with it. This doesn’t include any obstacles you may run into. Sometimes the best thing to do with your plumbing is just to leave it where it is and remodel it.
There’s plenty to consider when renovating your kitchen, that’s for sure. But following the above-mentioned simple tips could save you time, money and a headache.