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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Drain Features To Add To Your New Kitchen

by Mike Brewer

When planning and installing a whole new kitchen, you have a lot of options to personalize the space. You can customize everything from the light fixtures to the appliances, to the flooring and countertops, to even the drainage system. Although it's not the most glamorous part of the kitchen renovation, your drainage system should be part of this customization as well.

Here are a few drain features and upgrades to consider adding for your new kitchen.

1. Grease trap

In some cases, you may want to add a grease trap to your kitchen sink drain pipes. Although these aren't standard in residential kitchens, they can be useful if you do a lot of cooking or have other habits that mean lots of grease ends up in the drains. A grease trap, as the name indicates, catches the grease to prevent grease clogs in your drain.

Although some grease traps are installed out of doors, your construction contractor can also install a smaller model inside your kitchen, under the sink for easy access.

2. Larger diameter drain pipe

Kitchen drainpipes leading away from your sink are typically a 1.5 inch size, although some are even smaller. However, if you're tired of dealing with narrow, easily clogged drains, you could ask your construction contractor to use larger drainpipes (such as a 2 inch diameter pipe) so the drains have more capacity.

3. Pipe insulation

In some climates, drainpipes may freeze up and make drains unusable in winter. If you've had problems with this issue, you may want to add insulation to your drain pipes. This is particularly important if your kitchen drains enter an unheated space (such as a basement or garage) as soon as they leave the kitchen. Make sure to protect the pipe along its entire length, not just the part that's in the kitchen.

4. Graywater system to reuse water

If you're interested in living an eco-friendly lifestyle, you may want to reuse some of your graywater (lightly used wastewater, as opposed to extremely dirty or contaminated wastewater, which is known as black water or sewage). One way to reuse this water is to have plumbing installed that drains the water from your sink into a holding tank that you can then use to irrigate your landscaping.

These are just some of the customizations and upgrades you can include with the drainage system when you're designing and planning a new kitchen install. Talk to your contractors about the possibility of these or other options to add more functionality and help your drains work more smoothly.

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