How to plan for installing a dishwasher in your kitchen
Tuesday, 11th March 2014, Paul Dore
Dishwashers are pretty simple when you get them going - you rinse the dishes, put them in the rack, add some soap and you're ready to go.
However, it takes a little bit more planning when it comes to the actual installation of a dishwasher, as well as the planning for the area that it is going to be situated.
Figure out the location of the machine
The main thing you will need to be sure about when it comes to the location of your dishwasher is that the machine will be able to be connected to both water and waste pipes. If these aren't present in your designated choice of location, then you will have to decide on somewhere else to put it or call in a plumber. Most dishwashers only require a cold water supply though.
The best place to put a dishwasher is against an exterior wall, as this way you won't require a waste pipe running the length of your house. You will also want it placed onto a firm, flat floor to cope with any vibrations or movements.
Most people also make sure that their dishwasher is located next to the sink, so that plates and dishes can be easily transferred to the machine. If you don't have space in your kitchen for a dishwasher - why not try re-locating your washing machine to a garage or cellar?
Standard dishwashers require at least a 24-inch (60cm) wide opening to make sure that there is enough space for the machine to fit easy. Those who are installing a dishwasher in their kitchen for the very first time will also need to make sure that they have drilled holes for water inlets, a drainage tube and for the electrical wires which come with the device.
Linking up to a power supply
If you don't have any electrical sockets nearby for your dishwasher, then you will have to call in a qualified electrician to do this.
Most of the time, dishwashers will run off their own circuit, however you can alternatively tie it in to your current kitchen circuit. You will have to check this with your local building codes however, as this is prohibited in some situations.
Preparing the dishwasher cabinet
As well as these main issues, you will also have to think about the cabinet that is going to hold your dishwasher. The first thing you will need to do is paint the inside with moisture-proof paint, as this will prevent any build-up of build-up of mildew that could result from the steam.
You will then need to decide if you want a door for the cabinet to match with the other units in your kitchen and keep it tucked away. You could also try a piece of fabric covering the appliance, which some may prefer stylistically. This last option could also be cheaper.
So there you have it, you are now ready to prepare for your brand new dishwasher...