When you would open the door to look under the sink the plumbing had completely corroded and rusted including any other metal under there. We’re talking hinges, magnets, screws…all completely brown and rusted. If you even touched it it would flake and crumble away. Three experienced plumbers came and no one could figure out how on earth it was rusted because there was seemingly no evidence of moisture anywhere. All three of them said, “I’ve never seen anything like this”. Just what you want to hear. One even went so far as to cut open up the wall from the other side to check the plumbing in the wall and still nothing.
After testing everything imaginable we finally concluded that a small crack in the concrete counter was the culprit. To the naked eye it really wasn’t that noticeable but in this picture it’s obvious. When water would sit on the counter it would slowly seep through down to the plumbing below.
When you add kids who leave puddles of water everywhere when they use the sink the crack allowed moisture to corrode everything over time. This was heartbreaking because I love, love, love, love, love the look of concrete but it had proven to not been the most family friendly counter top material.
Another issue with our concrete is that it scratched and etched easily…even after having been sealed.
These scratches were all over the counter. And don’t even get me started on the water spots and hard water mineral build up around the faucet…
So off the concrete came. While we were at it we also had the cabinet painted gray by the most amazing cabinet maker and re-finisher on earth, Ryan Reader.
This time we opted for quartz. Specifically, Frosty Carrina quartz by Ceaserstone. I want my kids to be able to launch fire crackers off that counter and not leave a mark (well, not really but close).
Concrete is tricky. Supposedly, you can set hot pans directly on top of it but only if it’s not sealed. However if it’s not sealed it can easily stain because it’s quite porous. Then there’s always a chance for a crack which ended up being a very costly fix in our case. I would not do concrete counters in a bathroom or kitchen again. I love the look so much I might consider them in a laundry. In all my renovation experience I’ve learned you just have to find and hire the right person. Then you have to be a helicopter client. A very tiny percentage of people will do a job with your standards in mind so you have to be right there and catch things as they happen and make sure they get corrected on the spot.