If you’re considering a kitchen remodel in your Kokomo home, it can be tempting to try and save some money by doing some or all of the work yourself. If you’re reasonably handy and can follow instructions on YouTube, you can probably handle refinishing cabinets, replacing light fixtures, and maybe even some tile work. However, when it comes to plumbing, it’s always best to use a professional plumbing company. At Quality Plumbing and Heating Inc., we’ve seen what can go wrong when homeowners attempt to redo their plumbing themselves. Listed below are the top three problems with DIY kitchen plumbing.
1. Drains or Garbage Disposal Mistakes
On the surface, it may seem like plumbers have a pretty easy job. After all, you could probably replace a pipe or unclog a drain, right? However, more goes into plumbing than you might realize. Unless you have extensive knowledge of physics and fluid dynamics, you’re likely not qualified to handle your own plumbing. When DIYers attempt their own kitchen plumbing, they often forget to dip their drains to stop any sewer gases from reaching the kitchen. Additionally, they may use the wrong size pipe and experience a dramatic increase in clogs and leaks.
2. Insecure Fixtures
Another problem we often see in newly remodeled kitchens is fixtures that aren’t securely fastened. If you sink isn’t faceted to your counter properly, there’s going to be space between where grime, mold, and other materials can build up. Also, if your faucet isn’t installed correctly, you could be looking at continuous dripping that will cause water damage and water waste. Use a professional to ensure everything is installed correctly.
3. Limescale or Mold
Finally, we often find that homeowners think their fixtures are broken or faulty when they actually just need to be properly cleaned. Limescale is a rusty or greenish color and can make a faucet look old and broken, and mold can cause your fixtures to smell. However, both of these problems can be cleaned easily and likely do not indicate that your fixtures need to be replaced.
As you plan your kitchen remodel, we encourage you to use a professional plumbing company and find other ways to save money elsewhere. The professionals at QPH would love to help! Contact us today at (765) 450-4008 or request service online.