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Why Is the Kitchen Sink Commonly Placed Under a Window?

If you were to look in the kitchens of most homes, you would find the kitchen sink under an exterior window. Even though there is no general rule that the kitchen sink must be installed under a window, here are six reasons why people have the sink installed in this location.

Installing and accessing plumbing in the kitchen is simpler. You typically require hot and cold water lines for the sink and dishwasher, and if you have a fridge with an automatic ice maker and water dispenser, you’ll need a cold water supply nearby. The easiest way to make plumbing accessible is to run it along the exterior wall. This is why dishwashers are usually next to sinks, with fridges nearby. If you ever need to repair or replace the pipes, you can do so easily from under the sink or in your basement or crawl space.

Placing the sink under the window maximizes space. If you have a window in the kitchen, it’s best not to have cabinets on that wall. Instead, you can put the sink there, freeing up more space for countertops and storage. Also, it’s easier to wash large items without overhead cabinets in the way. Additionally, you can enjoy the view outside while doing the dishes, making the chore less mundane.

You can get fresh air when doing smelly tasks. If you leave dirty dishes for too long, they can produce unpleasant odors. Having the sink under the window allows you to let in fresh air while getting rid of unwanted smells. This also works when you need to vent smoke out of the kitchen after a kitchen mishap.

You don’t have to use artificial lighting during the day. Another benefit of having the sink under the window is the natural sunlight it provides. You can perform tasks like washing fruits and vegetables or doing dishes without turning on the lights.

Prior to indoor plumbing, the placement of the kitchen sink under a window meant it was easier to fill and drain water outdoors from an exterior wall. Even after indoor plumbing became common, home builders still chose to have sinks installed in this area of the kitchen.

Regardless of where your sink is located in your kitchen, please feel free to contact the plumbers at MET Plumbing & Air Conditioning at 281-603-9949 today for plumbing maintenance and repairs or assistance moving the sink if you are planning a renovation.

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