Your kitchen sink plumbing is perhaps one of the most important plumbing items in your house some would say. Most households use the kitchen many, many times a day. But that just goes to operation and functionality. Where is the first place you go when showing your new home? You talk about the kitchen, right? People take pride in their kitchen. A correctly and professionally installed plumbing system should take priority. Extravagant kitchens don't stand out with bad plumbing in them.
Homeowners should take extra care not to spend the entire kitchen budget on the cabinets and counter tops while leaving just enough to fill the holes on the kitchen sink with some cheap plumbing fixtures. If you don't spend enough in the beginning, you will spend more in the end. Money spent to purchase additional kitchen sink plumbing fixtures and hiring a professional plumber to install can all add up to three and four times the amount of the better fixture in the beginning.
Maintaining your kitchen sink plumbing with some common sense goes a long way also. Keep your faucet clean. Dry up the standing water around the faucet after each use. Use the disposal sparingly. I mean do you put more food into your mouth than you can chew at one time? Don't do that to your disposal either. Let the water run during and after each use. Make sure it has run long enough to flush out the food. Food not completely flushed out of your disposal creates bacteria buildup causing the bad odor to emanate around the sink. It also causes it to rust out, corrode from the inside out. Then you will have a nice surprise of the water pouring onto your feet from the inside of the cabinet. Basic common sense can save you a lot of money.
Don't allow the area in your house with the most use, by the most people, and the most shown become the most expensive maintenance item of your annual budget. Use quality fixtures, always use a professional plumber to install and maintain, and always use common sense. Careful planning and proper care will allow you to enjoy your kitchen sink plumbing for years to come.