It’s easy to treat plumbing systems with an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality.
While your water supply, heating, and sanitation networks may not live at the forefront of your everyday awareness, plumbing is the unsung hero of your home. In short, it threads through everything.
You realize this now that you’re ready to remodel your kitchen. A light bulb goes off in your head. You open the cabinet below your kitchen sink and stare at those winding pipes.
You think, Oh. This will be more complicated than I thought. No, it won’t! You just need a plumber.
Keep reading to learn about what to expect when you need a plumber and how they can help.
Kitchen Remodels: Why You Need a Plumber
While plumbers are most often associated with redoing bathrooms, kitchen plumbers are essential for new dishwashers, sinks, and garbage disposals.
There are specific things that one needs to know to do the job well, and most people without prior experience or skills will not know how to do it correctly.
Homeowners are often left with three choices when it comes to repairs, replacements, and remodels:
- Doing it yourself (DIY)
- Hiring a general contractor
- Hiring the experts
Doing It Yourself
The do-it-yourself phenomenon creates empowerment, fun, and potential savings for homeowners, but a kitchen remodel is not the time to DIY.
To clarify, kitchens connect to electrical wiring, gas pipes, and the house’s structure in a way that can cause significant damage if tampered with. Although there are DIY guides out there for those who dare, the repercussions of experimenting with waste and water pipes can be detrimental.
If you’re aspiring to be a DIY expert, consider your work with us to be an education!
Hiring a General Contractor
General contractors can do plumbing work. However, the difference between general contractors (keyword being general) and a plumbing company like Millwood Plumbing is our specialization in the craft.
A general contractor is notoriously a jack of all trades. While there is a time and place for this work, as well as for DIY projects, a kitchen remodel simply needs a kitchen plumber.
There are several benefits to hiring professional plumbers. Most importantly, their education, expertise, and use of the latest technology ensure top-quality jobs. For kitchen remodels especially, master plumbers will consider your desired aesthetics and efficiency needs, not just one or the other.
For example, Millwood Plumbing is a proud partner with NuFlow Technology, a state-of-the-art pipe restoration system that stops leaks, increases flow, and optimizes energy-efficiency through its cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) recycling.
At the core of your renovation, kitchen plumbing is a staple for ensuring that your remodel is done right.
What Is a Kitchen Plumber?
On the surface, a kitchen plumber is not much different than a bathroom plumber. But if you consider all the interconnected appliances, kitchens require specific knowledge. When it comes to a kitchen remodel, there are a few things for you to consider.
- Are you adding more plumbing routes than what already exists? This scenario is likely for homeowners who are expanding the home layout.
- Are you re-routing existing installations? This undertaking is likely for homeowners who are moving the sink and dishwasher, which will impact the pipeline routes.
- Are you changing your type of plumbing? Specifically, there are five types of plumbing pipes: PEX, PVC, ABS, copper and galvanized. The style you have depends on the age of your home.
Before you begin renovations, knowing your pipes can help us help you decide what’s best for your kitchen remodel.
The Ultimate Benefit of Hiring a Kitchen Plumber
Plumbing is the backbone of the house. It’s the shadowed, behind-the-scenes controller that not only keeps things working, but it keeps people healthy.
To illustrate, consider the impact of the following plumbing issues on you, your family, and your environment:
- Leaky faucets
- Discolored pipes
- Frozen pipes
- Discolored water
- Sewage smell
- Backed up garbage disposal
- Slow and clogged drains
- Bubbled ceilings and wallpaper
While these things might start as subtle annoyance or discomfort in the home, old plumbing can pose grave health concerns.
Is Your Kitchen Plumbing Outdated?
Think about it. Kitchens are of central value to a house. They serve as the main gathering space to connect, nourish ourselves, and have the ultimate “home” experience. Consequently, the kitchen is where we go for all types of sustenance.
In fact, without good plumbing, our basic needs like food and water become health hazards.
While there’s nothing like a clean and stellar kitchen remodel, hidden plumbing issues may be harder to spot, like:
- Bacteria build-up from the water heater
- Accumulation of biofilm on home surfaces
- Vent pipe issues which impact air pressure
With remodels, people often think there are specific issues for plumbing a bathroom and particular issues for kitchen plumbing. But the truth is all plumbing networks connect under the same roof. Between kitchen and bathroom upgrades, remodels are a perfect opportunity to learn about your home.
It’s Time to Hire a Kitchen Plumber
Whether it was the maddening faucet that inspired your kitchen remodel, your rotting countertop, or a lucid dream you had, it’s time to hire a professional.
In the end, if the basics are not done right, a remodel can only be so effective. Comparatively, it’s like working out to help your body, only to supplement it with junk food. Over the years, our plumbing mastery has confirmed for us this truth: beauty really does come from the inside.
When you need a plumber, we are here to exceed your expectations.
With our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, hundreds of 5-star reviews, and over 25 years of experience, let us show you why Millwood Plumbing is the best choice for your plumbing needs.
Request your plumbing service with us today for the ultimate kitchen upgrade.
Thanks for helping me learn more about plumbing! My uncle is thinking of doing a kitchen renovation, but he’s afraid that he might damage some pipes. I find it surprising that a plumber can help him find hidden plumbing issues such as bacteria buildups. Since you mentioned that a plumber could help him upgrade or fix his home’s plumbing, I’ll be sure to let him know about this so he’d consider hiring one.