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Kitchen plumbing includes the water supply pipes for faucets and appliances, drains, and more. ©HomeTips

A kitchen’s plumbing system consists of water supply lines and, in many cases, a gas supply pipe.

The visible part of the sink’s plumbing is nearly always located directly below the sink, inside the sink’s base cabinet. Generally, a flexible gas connector, controlled by a gas valve located at the wall or floor beneath a gas range, serves that appliance.

Beneath the sink, you can usually see two small valves: one for the hot water supply, the other for the cold, though some older homes do not have these. Turning these valves clockwise stops the flow of water through the supply tubes that route water to the faucet.

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The gas line to a stove has a shutoff valve. ©HomeTips

On the faucet side of the cold water shutoff valve, there may be other water connections—sometimes by way of a saddle valve. This is where connections are made with flexible copper or plastic tubing to serve a water-treatment device, instant-hot-water dispenser, and the like.

Flexible supply tubes connect the valves to the threaded tailpieces of the faucet. Faucets with a separate or integral sprayer have a hose that connects onto another tailpiece at the center of the faucet body.

The gas supply for a gas range is usually controlled by a shutoff valve beneath the range. A small, flexible supply line delivers the gas to the appliance.

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About Don Vandervort
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Don Vandervort has developed his expertise for more than 30 years, as Building Editor for Sunset Books, Senior Editor at Home Magazine, author of more than 30 home improvement books, and writer of countless magazine articles. He appeared for 3 seasons on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert for several years. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.

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