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5 Plumbing Mistakes When Remodeling Your Kitchen

5 Plumbing Mistakes When Remodeling Your Kitchen

Remodeling your kitchen can change the entire atmosphere of your home, as it is often the focus point of many American homes. Not only does it serve as the center for meal preparation, if you add a breakfast bar or nook, it works as a gathering spot for both breakfast and informal meals. That’s why it is so important to do the job right. Watch out for these common mistakes that can put a crimp in your remodeling efforts. The Wrong Sink It’s only natural to concentrate on gorgeous new cabinets and added features in your kitchen when you are choosing a new design for your kitchen. This often means the sink gets less consideration. In many cases, you simply assume the sink will work with any design. But neglecting to take the sink into consideration can cause a number of hassles, such as not having enough room for installation, needing to trim the cabinets or needing to cut new holes for the sink. That’s why professionals recommend choosing the sink first. This avoids any last minute delays and disappointments and makes sure your kitchen remodel will go as planned. Plumbing Confusion Like the sink, the plumbing in your kitchen is a major concern. Using mismatched plumbing fixtures and pipes can lead to leaks, which then results in low water pressure. Likewise, trying to connect too many fixtures to one pipe can reduce the water flow and leave you wondering why you don’t have the water pressure you expected. Make sure the pipes and fixtures are compatible and that you have the proper connectors before you begin the task of...
How to Prevent Mold and Mildew In Your Cabinets

How to Prevent Mold and Mildew In Your Cabinets

Mold and mildew can wreak havoc in your home, causing damage to your property and a host of health issues too. These aggressive fungi can often go unnoticed in the cabinets beneath your sink until they have caused a major issue. The secret to controlling them is creating an environment that prevents their growth. What is the ideal environment for mold and mildew growth? Mold and mildew are both fungi that thrive in warm, moist environments. Because they do not need sunlight to grow and reproduce, these tiny organisms can grow under your sink, in your walls or on nearly any surface that is consistently damp. How can you tell if you have mold or mildew? Many people automatically think of toxic black mold when they hear about a mold or mildew problem. Not all mold is black and not all black mold is toxic, but it does have the potential of turning into toxic black mold. Mold is usually black or green, but can even be yellow or pink when it is behind some materials, like shelf liners or wallpaper. Mold typically looks fuzzy. Mildew is usually gray or white and is sometimes mottled. You may notice some discoloration in damp areas in the cabinets under your sink and may smell the telltale “mildew” odor. This is the same odor that occurs in wet clothes in the hamper during hot, humid spells. How do you prevent mold and mildew under your sink? The best way to prevent problems with these fungi is to keep the area dry. That means regularly checking for leaks around your pipes and sealing...