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Do you have a plumbing repair kit in your home to make emergency repairs quickly? Having everything you need in one bucket or box can help you eliminate some of the stress that comes with plumbing emergencies. On this blog, you will find out what you should have in your kit and some basic tips about making these repairs to avoid further damage to your home. It is my hope that you will find more than enough information to keep your home dry, your drains draining, and a peace of mind and lack of stress to tackle these dreaded household occurrences.

preparing for plumbing emergencies

Four Mistakes New Renovators Make With Their Kitchen Plumbing

Veronica Torres

There's a reason why plumbing is one of the most highly paid trades. Though new renovators may think that they can do some basic plumbing on their own, there are a lot of things that they might not consider. Much of plumbing requires that you understand the entirety of the plumbing system—and the way that faucets and other fixtures are actually used by their owners. Here are some mistakes that are most commonly made.

1. Forgetting to Vent the Sink

Venting a sink is more complicated than simply attaching it—and that means that many renovators are tempted to forego it completely. Not venting a sink isn't going to cause any immediate problems, so it's easy to think that it's unnecessary. Over time, however, not venting a sink will lead to a slow-draining sink.

2. Boxing in the Appliances

One of the mistakes renovators make is a really deceptive one. When laying down flooring, it can be very tempting to lay it down around the appliances. Many renovators reason it out that this will ensure that the floor is easier to clean. But this is a horrible practice that's usually only done in house flipping, because it makes it hard to install new appliances. And there's another problem, too: appliances that need plumbing cannot be pulled out for the plumbing to be put in. That includes refrigerators with water and ice features and dishwashers.

3. Matching the Wrong Types of Pipes

When renovating for the first time, many renovators rely upon kits. For instance, they might purchase a plastic kitchen sink kit in order to install their sink. And this will work—but not if different types of pipes are mismatched. This can easily happen if they use a different type of kit for the garbage disposal than for the sink, or for the filtration system. Matching the wrong types of pipes will eventually lead to leaking.

4. Selecting the Sink Last

For kitchens, the trend today is a generic—almost commercial—stainless steel sink. And that's fine, but that leads many people to put off selecting their sink until last minute. The problem with this is that everything, from the plumbing to the cut of the counter, is based on the sink. New renovators need to choose the sink first so that they can design the counter, cabinetry, and plumbing around it.

Hiring a professional doesn't just save on time. Often hiring a professional can actually save on money, too—because they can do everything right the first time rather than potentially having to redo the work later on. A plumber should at least be paid for a consultation before renovators begin their work.

If you do decide to do your own plumbing renovations, contact companies like Do-It-Ur-Self Plumbing & Heating Supply to find supplies.