Prepare the Plumbing before Kitchen Remodeling

Thanksgiving is this week and Christmas is just around the corner! This time of year, many people are using their kitchens more than usual, making those big family meals and goodies to share with others. If you find yourself cramped by your kitchen’s size or frustrated with the lack of functionality, it may be time to consider kitchen remodeling. Whether you decide to make major updates like an addition or just want to update to newer appliances, we can assist with the plumbing! For kitchen remodeling in Rochester MN, count on Gander Plumbing!

The major components of a kitchen renovation include cabinets, flooring and countertops. However, no kitchen can function without adequate plumbing. The kitchen sink, dishwasher and ice maker in the refrigerator all need to be installed properly to ensure proper function and efficiency. Here are some plumbing decisions to make before diving into kitchen remodeling.

Kitchen Remodeling Rochester MNStart with the Sink

You should always choose your sink before you decide on cabinets and countertop. If the plumbing is not set up properly for the specific sink you want, then the pipes may not fit. Under-counter mounted sinks may not be able to work around your existing piping. This can often lead to extra work for your plumber and possible modifications to your cabinets. So, decide on the sink you want first then check with your cabinet installer and plumber to make sure it will work with the existing piping.

Decide on Layout
Be sure to think through the entire layout of your new kitchen. If you are doing a major remodel that involves moving the location of your sink or other appliances, keep in mind that it will require some rerouting of plumbing and electricity. This can be done, but requires extra work and clear communication with your contractor and plumber to be sure the proper changes are made before other projects get under way.

Add Shutoffs
Your sink, refrigerator and dishwasher should all have shutoffs. At the very least, you’ll want one water shutoff that cuts water going to all of these appliances in your home. This gives you more control of your plumbing and helps ensure you can easily respond to a leak. You can ask us about adding some shutoffs during the plumbing phase of the remodel.

Update Plumbing
An excellent investment you can make when remodeling your kitchen is to upgrade to modern plumbing pipes like PVC if older style iron pipes are in your home. This makes any rerouting as well as future maintenance much easier.

Create Additional Plumbing
You may want to add additional fixtures not originally in your kitchen, such as a dishwasher or garbage disposal. If this is the case, be sure to visit with your plumber so they can modify the plumbing to meet those needs.

Think Energy Efficiency
Most likely you’ll be updating your appliances with your kitchen remodel, so keep energy efficiency in mind. Energy efficient appliances will save you money in the long run, helping you make back some of the money you spent on your renovation!

If you are ready for kitchen remodeling in your Rochester MN home, contact Gander Plumbing. You can call us at 507-282-7540 or Schedule an Appointment.

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