Imagine this: You’re jiving to your favorite song on the radio or on your phone while washing the dishes. You’re almost done with the chore when suddenly, the water won’t drain. You begin to panic. You try calling a plumber but they’re unavailable because it’s already nighttime. You also can’t call a family member because they live miles away. Sounds familiar? Every household encounters this problem at some point in their lives.
You decide to call the plumber the next day and they recommend having your sink replaced. However, you're not sure which size to get, let alone which brands in the market last longer than the others. You want to be certain that your new sink is worth the money you spend on.
Here’s a quick guide to help you make the most out of your sink upgrade:
Before Upgrading The Sink
Whether you’re rich or poor, your sink will break at one point or another. Some homeowners even encounter smelly sink problems due to poor piping maintenance and other underlying issues. You’re lucky if your sink lasts for a long time, but some sinks break easily because of the build quality.
Before spending so much money on a new sink, here’s what you need to do:
- Measure The Sink
Measure your existing sink first. It would be a waste of your money if you buy a sink right away without knowing if the sink would fit. To figure out the maximum size of the base cabinet, measure the cabinet’s interior, then subtract two to three inches from every dimension. Another way is to measure the sink lengthwise then crosswise using a steel tape from your tool box or a measuring tape.
2. Research Reputable Sink Brands
Once you’ve determined the measurement of your kitchen sink, search for a reputable brand in the market. Be wary though because some reviews on the internet may be written by the sink manufacturers themselves and may be biased. Pick websites that give you the option of weighing the pros and cons as well as the costs of each unit. It would also be best if you have two or three brands in mind before visiting the hardware store because some may not have the brand you want. It would be inconvenient if you have to wait for a particular sink to be available again.
3. Determine The Budget For Your New Sink
Next, determine the budget needed for a new kitchen sink. Always remember that not all expensive sinks have a quality build, and not all cheap sinks are built to last. Research more about different sink brands and, if possible, watch video reviews. Some reviews test the durability of the sink—these will be helpful when you’re making your choice.
4. Buy The New Sink
Now that you’ve determined the measurement, the brand you’re going to buy, and the budget needed, visit your local hardware store or go online to buy the kitchen sink. Another crucial factor to consider is the warranty of your sink. It’ll come in handy if the sink needs to be repaired in the future. You can also consider buying new pipes to go with your new sink—installing new pipes is easier than cleaning your existing ones before you install the new sink.
Installing And Maintaining The New Sink
You call your plumber again to have the new sink installed. You pay for the labor and your new sink works like a charm. Before the plumber leaves, they suggest that you maintain your new sink to avoid problems in the future.
Here are a few ways to keep your new sink in great working condition:
- Scrub your sink using soap and brush to clean out dirt.
- Scrub the nooks and crannies as well since those areas can hide rust. Rust can be a problem if your sink is made of metal. Brass sinks are a better option because the alloy is rust-resistant.
- Disinfect your sink using water and vinegar. Vinegar is a natural acid that can be used to clean household items.
- Always keep your sink clean. Sinks, aside from the toilet, can be a breeding ground for germs. Clean and disinfect your sink weekly to keep it in tip-top shape.
Whether you have a broken sink or you want to upgrade your existing one, you still need to measure, search for a reputable brand, and make sure that you can afford that new sink. Nobody likes dealing with a broken sink and you should properly maintain it so that it won’t break easily in the future.