Avoid these plumbing mistakes while remodeling your kitchen

Avoid these plumbing mistakes while remodeling your kitchen

Remodeling a kitchen can be extremely rewarding, but it can also be frustrating. Rarely does it go as smoothly or as quickly as one would hope. 

Below are two common plumbing issues that homeowners encounter during the remodel process and what can be done to avoid them.

Choose your sink before installing new cabinets.

First, lets talk about the countertop and sink. I see this mistake a lot when someone calls me to hook up their new under-counter mounted sink. When I arrive and look under the sink, the piping is too high coming out of the wall to hook up the new sink, and many times, the homeowner not only gets an under the counter sink, but gets a deeper sink a well. 

Now you have to cut the back of the new cabinet out to get to the waste piping in the wall, cut the wall and lower the piping or have the cabinets pulled so you can cut into the wall. 

When I tell homeowners this, they are usually upset because they just spent a lot of money, and the cabinet installer didn't say anything about this issue. Now its going to cost the homeowner extra time as well as extra money to get a working kitchen sink. 

To avoid this, make sure you talk to the person installing your cabinets. A lot of times they do not have the sink dimensions because the homeowner has not chosen a sink first. 

Make sure you know exactly what you’re installing before you begin, and ask if the sink is going to work with your existing plumbing. If not, you can correct the issue before installing new countertops and cabinets.

Install new flooring underneath your cabinets and dishwasher

Everyone loves a new tile or wood floor in the kitchen to go with that new granite countertop. I can’t tell you how many times I have come out to install a new dishwasher and can’t get the old one out because the new floor wasn't put under the cabinets and dishwasher. 

To save money, the floor was just put in around the existing or new cabinets. In order to correct the problem, you have to pull the cabinets and dishwasher back out and install flooring under them.

This is a costly mistake that could have been easily avoided. I have had some homeowners ask me to just pull the countertop and install it. However, the granite is heavy and easily broken, making this a risky option. 

The other option is to remove the tile or wood floor in front of dishwasher and put it back. However, if it ever needs serviced, you have to repeat this process. Avoid this problem by installing the flooring under your dishwasher from the beginning.

Remodeling a new kitchen is very exciting and should be a rewarding process, not a nightmare full of despair. Plan in advance to avoid these two common plumbing errors.

About this Angie’s List Expert: Ben McDowell is the owner of Royal Flush Plumbing Service, providing plumbing services in Sullivan, Mo. Since 2012, Royal Flush Plumbing has specialized in water heaters, faucet replacement and repair, toilet installation, drain cleaning and more. They are a recipient of the 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award.

As of March 13, 2014, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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