A kitchen plumbing guide will show you in detail what each of the plumbing elements mean, how they work and what their functions are. The plumbing of your kitchen is very important since it will affect the overall efficiency and safety of the entire kitchen. This means that a good plumbing plan has to be implemented. The following are the plumbing elements of a kitchen:
Drainage system: Water is required to run through various fixtures in the kitchen which include sinks, cooking range, hob, built-in cupboard and shelves among others. To carry out all these plumbing tasks efficiently, a detailed overview of the entire system should be done. Following are parts of the drainage system of a kitchen:
Drain pipe: This is the main pipe that connects the kitchen sink with the drain pipe. It is made from bent strands of copper, plastic or iron. When worn out, it often leaks raw sewage gas into the kitchen. To fix the problem, replace the worn-out pipe. Alternatively, you may hire a plumber to do this job for you.
Sewer: The drain connects the kitchen sink to the drain pipe that runs outside. It carries out the task of removing the waste water from the sink. To carry out this task, the plumber will either install an old-fashioned top-down drain or introduce a bottom-up vertical drain that will force the waste water to flow down. In case of the latter, adequate water pressure is required to push the waste material down the drain.
Lines and faucets: All plumbing materials are put in position to make sure that the waste water flows smoothly out of the kitchen. The kitchen has two types of pipes: Inside and outside. Insulated lines are insulated and prevent heat loss inside the house. These pipes are commonly used in houses with good insulation; they work effectively in cold weather as well.
Drain pipe and lines: Inside the kitchen there are two types of plumbing: Inside the kitchen sink and outside the kitchen dishwasher. Inside the kitchen, these pipes are connected to a hole in the counter or wall and take the waste water from the sink and direct them to a drainage system. Outside the kitchen there are two types of plumbing; the drain pipe is placed on the exterior wall of the kitchen and carry water away from the house, and the line connects the kitchen sink with the dishwasher plumbing. The plumber will install the right sized plumbing line inside the kitchen and connect it with the dishwasher line.
Insulated liner and drainage system: Both the inside and outside plumbing fixtures in a house must have an insulated line. This type of plumbing is cheaper than other plumbing systems and reduces the cost of plumbing repairs in the long run. There are different types of insulation: Polyethylene gas line, pipe wool, fiberglass, thermoplastic, mineral wool, silicone, polystyrene, polyurethane foam, PEX and many others. They are all installed according to building codes and protect kitchen from heat, condensation, leaks and drains.
Connecting the plumbing is done by: Insulated lines from the kitchen sink to the drainage system and supply system. There is a common misconception that connects the supply system to cold water pipes; this is wrong! It connects the supply system to the hot water pipes only! The plumbing fixtures inside the house do not have control over the temperature of water so it is advisable to use the hot water pipes.
In case of the absence of the hot water supply system and the demand for hot water increases; it is recommended to install a closed loop gas valve. These valves are very economical and very safe for the household. The closed loop gas valve ensures that there is no leakage of dangerous gaseous emissions into the atmosphere. Similarly, insulating pipes must be chosen according to the needs of your household and kitchen plumbing.
A good plumbing plan always takes these into consideration. The plumbing pipes can be installed around the house too; in the living room, the dishwasher sinks and the faucets can be placed in the kitchen. Thus the kitchen becomes more user-friendly. You can add a cupboard or cabinet below the sink or above the dishwasher. In this way, you can store the dishes, utensils, pots and other kitchen accessories.
However, be sure to get a detailed overview of all the plumbing work before taking up the job by the experienced plumber. The detailed overview will help you to know about every aspect of the plumbing work. The plumbing professional will also guide you about how to fix the insulating gas pipes.