Replacing your Kitchen Sink

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When your sink starts to get old, the wear and tear can damage its aesthetic appeal. The dents and scratches may give your entire kitchen a dilapidated look. The fixtures may leak, and the pipes below could be rusted, and the disposal could break. It may drain slowly, increasing the amount of time it takes you to do dishes and other tasks. The rusted pipes could drip and damage the cabinet below or the items stored there. If this is the situation you find yourself in, it's probably time to upgrade your sink. Follow these kitchen renovation plumbing tips to get a good understanding of what you'll need to do to replace and upgrade your kitchen sink and drain.

Size, Style, Material

The first thing you should do is measure your existing sink. You can then use those measurements at the hardware store to determine whether or not you'll need to cut the counter to accommodate a larger sink. You may want to take the opportunity to replace your counters at the same time if you have the budget for it.

The type of new sink you choose will depend on how much you want to spend and the look you want for your kitchen. For fans of the old-fashioned look, a cast-iron or fireclay sink offers a classic feel but the price can be expensive. Cast iron sinks are strong and resilient, but fireclay is a bit more prone to chipping if something hard and heavy like a cooking pot is dropped into it. Composite sinks, made of granite or quartz composites, have a very sleek, modern appearance. They are pretty affordable and very durable. Stainless steel sinks are definitely the hardiest of the choices, and their prices range from under $100 to more than $1,000 depending on the style chosen. If you are not aiming for a particular theme in your kitchen, stainless steel is definitely the way to go.

You may want to upgrade to a deeper sink model to better fit larger pots and pans. If you had a single-bowl sink before, you may want a double bowl model this time, particularly if you intend to install a garbage disposal.

Replacement Process

Unless you have previous plumbing experience and training, it is highly recommended that you hire a professional for your Red Deer plumbing upgrades. The actual upgrade process is very involved and requires a great deal of knowledge about fittings and pipes, so it's not a good idea to try it yourself. Hiring a plumber to install your new sink and drain will ensure it is done right the first time, and done much quicker than if you had to keep consulting a manual or looking instructions up online.