Cost of Fitting a Kitchen Sink
A guide of the process of hiring a tradesman to fit a new kitchen sink, including the costs of labour and materials.
If you need to install a new kitchen sink, proper fitting and placement are of a high degree of importance. Just imagine if it is even a slight distance from where it should be placed, you can run into plumbing problems, or issues with the cracks, breaking, or leaks.
For such reasons, fitting the kitchen sink correctly is a job you shouldn’t take lightly when the time comes to replace your old sink. Fitting a new sink isn’t as simple as buying a sink which fits in the hole where the old one was removed. Let’s look at what is required.
What the job entails
When replacing your sink, you obviously have to choose a new sink which will fit where the old one was located. However, there are other issues to consider. You have to make sure there is sufficient clearance below for plumbing lines and pipe. You have to consider sealing/bonding agents, wood panels, or other additions which will border the new sink.
If you plan on installing a larger (or smaller) sink, you also have to appropriately measure all spaces, to ensure the new sink can be fitted and affixed into the space. When performing these tasks, measurements are extremely important. Even a difference in .02 versus .03 can make a huge difference and can ruin an otherwise simple replacement and new sink installation.
If there is major plumbing work or huge pipes below the sink, you have to be extremely careful when replacing the sink. If this is the case, hiring a licensed plumber might be the right option. Not only will they guarantee not to move, break, or otherwise damage the piping, but they have the right equipment to properly install the new sink in place as well.
If you are installing a sink which is different in size than the one you previously had, an issue with hot/cold water lines might ensue. Further, you might have to install additional fixtures or plumbing lines, if there are a removable faucet head, or other stream/pressure settings. Again, these are projects which are best undertaken by a licensed plumber.
Hot and cold water line issues might come into play when installing your new sink. If you accidentally move pipes, damaged pipes, or otherwise alter the piping system, this can result in damage to your plumbing systems. So, these projects should be conducted with a high degree of precision and care, avoid major damage when replacing the old sink, and fitting in a new one.
If you want to upgrade your sink, there are great options. Some with a sprinkle or trickle features, removable heads, additional compartments, and so forth. Before you fit the space, consider the sinks, and upgrades you want, so you can choose the right sink for the space, and one which is truly going to stand out in your new kitchen.
If plumbing work has to be conducted throughout the home, or if you have a dated water heater you haven’t looked at in decades, this might be the time to have a plumber check these things for you as well. Not only will they inform you if the new sink is compatible and can be connected to your kitchen, but also if you are due for a new heater, or if additional plumbing work has to be conducted throughout the home.
Costs & Duration
If you hire a plumber, fitting a new sink shouldn’t take more than a few hours. They will remove the old sink, fit the new one, attach plumbing, and ensure running water. The project cost will run £100-£150 for the cost of labour, plus the price of your new sink.
Costs reach much higher levels when issues arise. Problems with plumbing, installing new piping, possibly repairing or replacing a water heater, are always potential areas of concern. Therefore, these should be fully addressed, before you choose to have any work done in the home. Not only do you know exactly what the work is going to cost you when hiring a plumber, but also to ensure you can afford the price of these additional projects, so as to avoid having to leave certain work to be conducted at a later date.
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Here is a list of commonly asked questions in regards to having a new kitchen sink installed.
Q Why does a sink require fitting?
Installing a new sink isn’t as simple as taking out the old one, and plopping in the new one. It requires fitting to ensure the piping can withstand pressure levels. You also have to make sure the plumbing is appropriate for the new sink, based on different configurations from the previous sink you had installed. Basically, fitting ensures it will function, and won’t damage counters, or surrounding areas in the kitchen once the sink is installed.
Q How long will it take to complete?
Simply fitting the space, removing the old sink, and installing the new one, shouldn’t take more than 1-day to complete. In fact, most plumbers can do this work in a matter of hours, if there aren’t issues with plumbing lines.
Q Can I install a larger/smaller sink than what I previously had?
Yes. Again, this is the purpose of having the space measured prior to choosing a new sink and installing it. You are basically making sure the new sink will fit, and function as it should, when replacing the old one.
Q Can the sink have more compartments?
As long as the counter space is large enough, plumbing is sufficient, or you can expand the area where the sink fits, you can increase the size (i.e. going from two-compartment to a three-compartment sink).
Q How often do I have to replace my sink?
This isn’t a common upgrade for most homes. If your sink is 7-10 years old, or older, or if you’ve been having issues with leaking, hot/cold water, or running, you might want to consider replacing it. Contacting a plumber to visit your home, is a good way to help you determine if you need a new sink.