There are so many things in our home that we take for granted. From the commode to the dishwasher to the heat pump.
But, there is one we take for granted more than anything else because we use it constantly and never think about it: The Kitchen Sink. Your kitchen sink provides water, a disposal and a location to wash and prepare food. It is an essential in any home.
There is a reason the cliche’, “everything but the kitchen sink” is used so often. Without one, you and your family would be in bad shape.
So, before you buy one to replace the one you have, here are Five Tips on Buying A New Kitchen Sink:
- Determine the bowl configuration.: If you wash a lot of dishes or vegetables, then a double sink is essential. One side is used for washing and disposal and the other side is used for washing and draining. Two bowls are common now and recommended for most homeowners.
- Choose the correct finish.: There are many styles of sinks to choose from today. You can find brushed nickel, stainless steel, copper, ceramic, pewter and concrete. Stainless steel and copper are the more fashionable styles today. Brass does tarnish, however. Ceramic tends to be less expensive.
- Choose a durable sink.: Your sink should be able to withstand the daily use (and abuse) with little consequence. So, choose stainless steel if you need a sink that won’t be damaged by heavy pots and pans. You can also buy a sink that absorbs your pots and pans noises by installing one with pads.
- Match the sink with the countertop.: Your countertop choice cannot be underestimated. Granite, marble and tile are the popular ones. If you decide on a stainless steel, it will use an under-counter mount. Other types such as copper and ceramic are top-mounted. Best idea: Choose your new sink and countertop as a “package deal”. Or, make sure the new sink matches your current countertop and can be mounted in it.
- Choose the proper accessories: In deciding on a faucet, you can buy a sprayer that attaches There are also single-lever tap which is great for busy hands as you can turn the faucet easier. You would also be wise to have an aerator which means using less water and saving money on water bills.
There a number of other factors that we can cover in a future blog. Just make sure you do your research.
Also, feel free to call me at American Drain Cleaning and Plumbing at (610) 342-6852, for advice. You can also visit my website, www.americandraincleaningandplumbing.com for more information about our many plumbing and heating services.