We know, kitchen renovations can be expensive. And right now, it’s just not feasible within your household.
However, that’s not to say you have to content yourself with an old, worn kitchen: there are plenty of smaller plumbing jobs that can incrementally improve the look, functionality, and safety of your kitchen.
Here are just a handful of small suggestions you can think about, courtesy of Watermaster’s team of domestic plumbers.
Upgrade your kitchen faucets and taps
The humble tap is arguably the most-used part of your entire kitchen. So, it stands to reason that even a minor upgrade can change your kitchen experience!
Not only are modern taps trendier, but they’re also considerably more functional too. You can now choose different styles of tap to go in your kitchen sink, including:
- Installing convenient (and hygienic) hands-free, sensor-activated taps
- Flexible hose-type faucets that increase your kitchen’s functionality area
- Taps with built-in water filters and purification systems
If you can’t decide on what type of tap to install in your kitchen, consult a domestic plumber near you. Not only will they be able to offer unique insight, but they’ll safely install it as well.
And while they’re here, why not take the opportunity to get those persistent leaks checked out?
Have you thought of getting a water filter?
If you worry about harmful chemicals and microorganisms making their way into your drinking water, a water filtration system might be just what you need.
An effective water filter ensures having safe and clean water, whether you’re washing, cooking or drinking. Now, you don’t have to worry about the taste, smell, or look of your water.
Furthermore, it protects you from problems with your pipes.
Problems like rust are common in older pipes, and can lead to discoloured water.
While the best solution is to get your rusty old pipes replaced, a water filter can provide an extra layer of protection for you and your family.
If you would like to include a new water filter in your home, be sure to get the best plumber in town to advise you what to buy and how to install it in your kitchen.
Get your gas checked out
If you’re planning for a new oven, heater or any other kitchen appliance, you may need to install new gas lines. Even if you aren’t, getting your gas lines checked is still a smart move!
Not only are gas-powered appliances cheaper to run and more efficient than their electric counterparts, but they’re greener, too.
When dealing with gas, it’s important to only engage a licensed gas plumber. This point is non-negotiable – gas is dangerous and should be treated as such!
Small-scale kitchen renovations: update your fittings
So, you aren’t in a position for a full-scale kitchen renovation. However, that doesn’t mean you should content yourself with a kitchen that looks like it’s travelled back in time to the 70s!
If your budget is tight, shrink your scope a little bit. While you mightn’t be able to afford to replace the big-ticket items in your kitchen, you can afford to change your fittings.
Replacing worn door knobs, cabinet handles, installing new curtains or getting a new set of doors to your pantry… while small, these small changes can make a huge difference to how your kitchen looks!
Ask your local plumber about a new kitchen sink
Of course, you can’t talk about kitchen taps without talking about the kitchen sink!
A new sink can make it feel like you’re in a completely different kitchen. Whether it’s stainless steel or ceramic porcelain kitchen sink, there are plenty of materials and designs to choose from.
A new sink can also improve your kitchen from a practical standpoint too. If you find the sink filling up every time you do dishes, a deeper basin might be in order!
When installing a new kitchen sink, make sure your kitchen bench has enough room to support it. It’s also worth checking your supply lines and shut off valve to ensure leaks don’t pop up.
And if you’re getting a new sink, why not go all-out? Make sure that sediment is flushed out, and that supply lines and drainage pipes are in good condition. This ensures that your new sink functions well and is free of clogs and rust.
Talk to your local plumber about upgrading your water lines
Simply put, old pipes can wear out, sometimes affecting the quality and pressure of your water. That’s why plumbers around Australia recommend getting your pipes checked out regularly.
Nowadays, PEX and PVC are the most widely-used piping material in homes.
If you want to learn more about the strengths and weaknesses of these two common materials, you can catch up on part two of our two-part series on the most popular types of piping.
Does your kitchen need a (mini) facelift? Get help from a local domestic plumber today!
Whether it’s a repair, renovation or installing new kitchen fixtures, it’s never a good idea to do your own plumbing! Make sure to contact a licensed and qualified plumber to help you with all your installation and plumbing needs.