A kitchen island is a great way to fill an empty space in your kitchen while providing extra counter space that you might not have in other areas. While not every island is going to be the same, it’s not uncommon to move your kitchen sink to the island to make your kitchen more ergonomically sound. Although, there are common mistakes that are made with this installation as the plumping isn’t always the same. At Economy Plumbing Services in Austin, we can help you avoid some of the most common mistakes that people make with this installation.
Choose your sink then install cabinets
Installing your cabinets then choosing your sink is problematic for several reasons. First, you might want a sink that doesn’t fit in the opening of the cabinet that’s designated for the sink. This means that you would have to either get creative with how to mount the sink or even get a new cabinet altogether. Furthermore, the plumbing for the sink needs to fit under the sink. For example, a deep sink might have a drain that sits too low and your piping won’t have room to be properly arranged with your garbage disposal. This is why you must choose your sink then the cabinets that you want so everything fits together well.
Ventilation pipes aren’t something most DIYers think about when installing plumbing for a kitchen sink. Your kitchen sink needs a vent to help the water flow smoothly down the drains. Without a vent, a vacuum can form and water can get backed up in your drains without a true clog ever forming. This allows the pipes to equalize pressure and continue to allow water to flow smoothly.
Using compatible piping
If you’re choosing piping for your home, you can use whatever you’d like. However, it’s crucial that you use the same piping throughout your house. That being said, if you’re installing an island in your kitchen, you need to make sure you know what kind of piping is used throughout the rest of the room.
If you were to decide to change up the type of piping you use for your island, this could cause pipes to corrode, connections can wear down over time leading to leaks, and water flow can be disrupted. It’s not unusual for DIYers to want to go with a cheaper alternative to the piping throughout the rest of their house, but this will end up costing you a significant amount more in the end as you’ll eventually need to perform repairs.
If you want, you can make your kitchen island a self-contained mini-kitchen if you include a dishwasher with your sink. This is a common way to create a spacious workspace for cooking and baking while maximizing storage space in the rest of your kitchen cabinets. Notwithstanding, you can choose to minimize the features of your island by installing nothing more than a sink and including an electrical outlet for a hand mixer. No matter what all you choose to include with your island, it’s important that your electrical wiring is safely installed with the plumbing to ensure that leaks don’t affect the wiring or compound any problems that might arise.
Contact us for help
If you’re considering installing a kitchen island, give us a call for plumbing services in Austin. Our team of experts at Economy Plumbing Services can help you properly install your island with the necessary plumbing to make it fully functional. You can schedule an appointment with us by calling our Austin location at 512-649-2811 or sending a message using our contact form.