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Pedestal or Drop-In Sink: Which Is Right for Your Bathroom?

Pedestal or Drop-In Sink: Which Is Right for Your Bathroom?

The sink is one of the three pillars of the bathroom alongside the tub and the toilet, so it’s understandable if choosing between the many available styles and models can be overwhelming. To make the decision easier, you should start by looking at the sink styles and choosing the one that you think will go best in your bathroom. To start, we will look at two of the most popular options: the pedestal sink and the drop-in sink. The Pedestal Sink Pedestal sinks are stand-alone structures typically consisting of a basin that is supported by a tall, slender column. Because of their small profile, pedestal sinks are an excellent choice for smaller bathrooms where space is at a minimum. The columns are usually decorated, bringing character to your bathroom without consuming any more space. The basins are typically bowl-shaped and don’t have any flat surfaces surrounding them. Installing a pedestal sink is a relatively straightforward process of mounting the sink to the wall and connecting the faucet. Once installed, it can be easier to access the pipes for minor plumbing repairs without any cabinetry interfering with your access compared to drop-in sinks. You can replace the faucets in most pedestal sink models without needing to unbolt the mounts from the wall, so you don’t have to settle for the one that comes with it. The Drop-In Sink Drop-in sinks are set into the countertop of a cabinet, the plumbing hiding underneath and taking up some of the cabinet’s interior space. The countertop provides additional surface area for holding soap, toothbrushes and other bathroom accessories. Like the column of the pedestal...
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...
Why Should You Clean Your Downspouts and Gutter Drain?

Why Should You Clean Your Downspouts and Gutter Drain?

It’s easy to forget about the gutters and downspouts on a home when the weather is nice and sunny. But when it rains, they need to be functioning well to prevent you from dealing with water-related problems around the house. Let’s take a closer look at why it’s a good idea to periodically clean the gutters and downspouts to keep the water flowing away from your home.

Take Precautions to Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

Take Precautions to Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

Nearly everyone knows that frozen and burst pipes can wreak havoc on your home in the middle of the winter. Preparing your pipes in the fall before old man winter arrives may save you a bundle on costly repairs and will alleviate the aggravation of replacing outside pipes and spigots in the spring. Follow these simple steps to prepare your home inside and out for winter and say goodbye to worries about frozen or burst pipes.