Plumbing Tips For Your New Construction Kitchen

Building a new kitchen from the ground up is like having a clean slate. You get to decide where all the fixtures and appliances will be located, size,...

Building a new kitchen from the ground up is like having a clean slate. You get to decide where all the fixtures and appliances will be located, size, color scheme and layout. Whether you’re building a new house or adding onto an existing one, having a new kitchen is an exciting prospect for most homeowners because the kitchen is the main activity hub for many homes.

But like with any construction project, the devil is in the details. A new kitchen is a dream come true if built properly, but can quickly turn into a nightmare if the plans are hastily thrown together and the work isn’t done correctly.

Find The Right Contractors

Building a kitchen is usually more than a one-man job. At the very least, you’ll need a carpenter and a plumber. The two must coordinate their work so they don’t get in each other’s way.

Also, it’s very important that the plumber you hire is licensed and insured. If they’re not, then you’re asking for trouble down the road. For a plumber to be licensed, for example, he must have so many on-the-job hours logged and pass a comprehensive test.

Follow The Proper Plumbing Codes

Plumbing codes are rules that dictate how plumbing work is done. Everything from the type of pipe used to where the pipe can be placed is covered by the plumbing code. On a national level, this is called the National Standard Plumbing Code (NSPC). The NSPC provides a basic framework for plumbing, and states and counties will usually have their own codes based on the NSPC.

Why are plumbing codes so important? They’re meant to keep you safe and ensure your house’s plumbing system will work like it should. Any licensed plumber will be familiar with these codes and can advise you on how the codes will affect your new kitchen design.

Use Energy Efficient Appliances

While high energy efficient appliances are typically more costly than their lower efficiency counterparts, you’ll typically end up saving more over the long term in reduced water, electricity and gas use. You might even get a tax benefit by using energy efficient appliances.

Most refrigerators on the market today, for example, are much more energy efficient than the ones sold even a decade ago. The same applies to ovens/stoves and dishwashers. Your plumber and/or contractor can advise you on the best appliances to use with your particular kitchen design.

Shut-off Valves

You’ll want to make sure all the new plumbing fixtures in your new kitchen have their own shut-off valves. This way, if there’s an issue with the kitchen sink, for example, you won’t need to turn off the main water valve to your entire house to fix the kitchen sink. It’s also much more convenient.

Proper Venting

There are two areas in a kitchen that need venting. The first is a ventilation fan somewhere above the stove area. This can suck smoke and cooking odor out of the kitchen. Another area where ventilation is needed is near the drainage pipe from the kitchen sink. Without this venting, the sink won’t drain properly and you could find yourself with a flooded kitchen floor.

Final Inspection

If everything has been done properly and the right permits have been filed, someone from your local government will come inspect your new kitchen. Think of this inspection as a double-checking of the plumber’s work. The inspector will ensure everything is done to code and running in good order.

A new construction kitchen is exciting. But you don’t want to rush it or take short-cuts. Get it done right the first time and you’ll be cooking up a storm for years to come.

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