Are you looking for a change in your faucet style, sink basin, or both? Well, it sounds like you may be considering hiring a licensed plumber to perform a sink installation. Our staff of local technicians offers dependable sink replacement services in areas of Virginia such as Reston, Arlington, Ashburn, and Alexandria. We have been offering plumbing services to homeowners in your area for over 40 years. Let us leverage our experience to your benefit.
Different Types of Sinks
One of the main reasons that kitchen sink installations take so long is because there are so many options that you get paralyzed by choice. So, to make things a little simpler, here are the six different sink options you should consider (and why).
Drop-in sinks are the most common type of sink you’ll find in houses around the world. They drop into a hole in the counter and sit flush with the countertop. These sinks are cheap, easy to install, and a great all-around choice for your new sink replacement (even if they’re not particularly flashy).
Instead of mounting to the top of the counter, like a drop-in sink, undermount sinks screw to the underside of your countertop. Performing an undermount sink installation can be considerably more expensive than purchasing a drop-in sink. However, undermount sinks attract less mold and are easier to clean than drop-in sinks.
Double Basin Sinks
The defining characteristic of a double basin sink is a divider down the middle of the basin as a whole. This lets you use the sink for two things at once. Additionally, a double basin sink is the most popular type of sink currently on the market. The only real con of a double basin is that some people dislike looking at them.
Integrated sinks are sinks made inside the countertop and out of the same material so that the countertop and the basin look to be one seamless piece. (In fact, they often are one seamless piece.)
However, these sinks are limited in the materials used to construct them (often only concrete or metal) and can be very expensive. Additionally, these are hard to find for kitchens.
A farmhouse sink is a very large, single basin sink that’s apron sits flush with the front of the cabinets it’s set into. Many people find farmhouse sinks incredibly desirable because of their sturdy builds, large basins, and unique aesthetics. The cons? They tend to drip because there’s no counter in front of them to catch overspray.
A corner sink is precisely that, a sink that fits into a corner on your countertop. Corner sinks consist of two basins with an integrated dish drying area. These sinks are unique for spaces with limited kitchen real estate and homeowners who want to maximize their usable, flat-backed counter space.
Again like most specialty sinks, corner sinks can be expensive and hard to find.
4 Signs It’s Time to Hire a Plumber to Conduct a Sink Installation
Now that you know all about the kinds of sinks you should be looking for, let’s look into why you might want to think about hiring a professional to perform a sink installation in the first place. Here are the four reasons why you might want to replace your sink.
Your Sink Drains Slowly
If your sink is having trouble draining, then it could be a sign that your pipes have decayed. It could also be a sign that you need to clean out your p-trap, so call a professional out to check that before you set aside any money for an upgrade.
You Experience Repeated Clogs
If your drain clogs over and over again, this could be a sign of several things. You could need to flush your pipes, your sink drain might have broken, or your sink could be clogging the pipes with corrosion. If you experience an unusual amount of repeated clogs, call a professional.
Your Sink Is Damaged
Cracks, surface rust, and holes are all reasons to swap your aging sink for a new one. It’s essential not to sit on aging sink basins either. They can leak and lead to mold and rot.
Your Tap Is Broken
If your sink has an integrated tap and it breaks down, then you’ll want to replace the sink to avoid rust in your water and other contaminants. Even if your tap isn’t contaminated, a broken faucet could signal an aging system that needs replacing anyway.
What Kind of Faucet Should You Pick?
Alright, so you’re replacing your sink! Now, it’s time to pick your new, upgraded faucet. Below you’ll find a list of the four types of taps you can choose from.
These are the original and most common type of faucet. They have two knobs that you unscrew to operate hot and cold water streams. These faucets are great because they’re simple, common, and cheap to buy.
Ball faucets are washerless, which means that they’re less prone to leaking. To operate a ball faucet, you lift a single handle behind the spigot and turn it from left to right to select the temperature of water you want. These are great because they’re simpler to operate with dirty hands. However, they’re often more expensive.
In more recent years, disc faucets have started to make an appearance. These faucets are the most durable kind because they only operate on a single axis, reducing wear. You work a disk faucet by lifting it and pressing it down. You can identify a disk faucet by its large, cylindrical body. If you need a faucet that will last a decade or more, pick up a disk faucet.
Cartridge faucets have more or less begun to replace compression faucets in recent years. A cartridge faucet is probably the type of faucet you have in your bathroom right now. Most cartridge faucets look almost exactly like compression faucets, but they have handles that turn at a 90-degree angle instead of knobs that you unscrew. You can find Cartridge faucets that operate using one handle that works exactly as a disk faucet would in an up and down fashion in rarer cases.
Ready To Start the Sink Replacement & Installation Process?
Are you planning a remodel, a restoration project, or a kitchen refresh? Don’t wait to contact the pros! The trained plumbers on our team offer dependable sink installation services and are ready to help you tackle your home projects anytime, anywhere. We know that you now have a lot to think about, but we’ll be able to handle any sink installation project you throw at us! Give our plumbers a call by phone at (484) 206-8594 or request an appointment online to receive help with repairs and upgrades.
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