Remodeling your home can be a major project, especially in rooms like the bathroom and kitchen where plumbing is also involved. Even if you want to tackle a DIY project, it is best to leave these aspects of the remodel to the professionals. Let’s look at what actually goes into moving the plumbing during a kitchen remodel.
When is plumbing involved in a kitchen remodel?
Minor renovations and ones that focus solely on aesthetics can be done without disrupting the plumbing, but if you’re undergoing a major kitchen remodel, then it’s likely to involve moving the plumbing. Here are a few things you might be doing that involve the kitchen plumbing:
- Adding a new plumbed feature like a pot filler
- Changing the layout of the kitchen that involves the sink changing position
- Changing the position of appliances like the washing machine
- Adding a new appliance like a dishwasher
Upgrading an appliance like a fridge with built-in ice or water dispenser
Designing your kitchen with plumbing in mind
When you’re deciding on the layout of your kitchen and the position of all your features and appliances, it is worth keeping plumbing in mind to make things easier further down the line. For example, it’s often a good idea to keep your sink and dishwasher close together so that they can access the same water and wastewater pipes.
If you’re planning on adding a new sink, you might want to consider installing a new, larger sink instead. Adding a new sink will require plumbing it in, while replacing your old sink means your old pipelines can still be used, but you can choose a bigger and better sink to allow you more space.
One factor affecting the ease of moving plumbing that’s out of your control is the foundation of your home. If it’s on a raised foundation, then it will be much easier for your contractor to access the pipes and move them if necessary. If it’s built on a slab foundation, then accessing the pipes will be much more difficult, meaning it will also likely take longer and cost more.
Consulting a professional plumber during the design process can help you consider any important factors like this. Even if none of your plumbing needs moving, it is still worth getting your plumbing checked and tested by a professional to make sure everything is in good condition before undergoing the renovation process.
If you’re looking for a plumber for your kitchen remodel, then contact us for consultation and services in Winston Salem and the surrounding Piedmont Triad.