The fixtures, appliances and plumbing in kitchens are becoming fancier and more complex every day. This means that installing new kitchen plumbing often involves far more than just hooking up a new sink. A modern kitchen will often include a variety of devices that have to be plumbed in. These include the dishwasher, the garbage disposal, and in some cases, the refrigerator. Modern refrigerators often include ice makers or cold water dispensers that have to be connected directly to the plumbing.
Even something as simple as simple as a kitchen sink may include extra faucets and features. This means that the plumbing work in a modern kitchen will often require the services of a professional plumber.
Kitchen Plumbing Basics
There are some plumbing installations in the kitchen that the average person should be able to do themselves, such as hooking up new faucets or garbage disposals. There are other jobs that may require the services of a professional. It’s better for a person who has never attempted plumbing work not to try it, especially if one doesn’t have someone experienced nearby. Although plumbing often looks simple, it can be a complex and a cumbersome chore that requires special tools. Plumbing in the kitchen is often the most complex work of all because it often involves electrical and mechanical devices. Garbage disposals, refrigerators and dishwashers are examples of these devices.
People should always be careful when working in the kitchen because many kitchen devices use both water and electricity. This can quickly lead to electrical shock and other accidents when the work is performed by an inexperienced person.
When to Hire a Plumber for the Kitchen
A good deal of the basic installation in the kitchen can be done by almost everyone. In many cases, this work simply involves connecting an appliance to water pipes and electrical lines. There will be more complex jobs that require the services of a plumber or at least somebody with knowledge and experience in plumbing. An example of such a job would be any work that would require the removal or replacement of pipes. Moving a sink, installing new appliances and totally remodelling the kitchen may require complex plumbing work. Installing a dishwasher in a kitchen that has never had one will require some plumbing, so will hooking washing machines or refrigerators with ice makers.
Any sort of large scale remodelling in the kitchen such as replacing the cabinets or tearing out part of the walls will usually involve some removal or reconfiguration of the pipes. This will often require the services of a plumber. Less involved remodelling jobs such as retiling or putting new fronts on the cabinets probably won’t require a plumber. Even though there are some plumbers who do tiling and other kinds of structural remodelling.
A good way to reduce the costs and time associated with kitchen remodelling is to avoid any such work that requires plumbing. Another good piece of advice is to address the plumbing issues in a kitchen before attempting remodelling. Kitchen plumbing does not have to be costly or complex but it often is. Fortunately installation costs can be kept down by exercising a little common sense.