Homes are constantly in need of upgrades. Even if a homeowner knows how to fix most things, or is smart enough to research it beforehand, there are still times when it’s better left to a professional. One question that gets asked in regard to home improvement is if plumbers can install sinks. Yes, they can.
A plumber is well known for fixing plumbing issues, so why wouldn’t their expertise also include installing them? Installing a new sink is not a simple process. It takes time and effort. To better understand what it takes, here’s a basic guide for how to install a new sink.
Getting Your Old Sink Ready
Before you can toss out the old sink and make way for the new one, you first need to find out the size of the sink. This can be done by simply measuring the length, width, and height.
Sink models come in many different shapes and styles. Knowing the dimensions will help you by trimming down the variety.
In addition, this is the best time to consider changing out the faucet. Other components can be added as well. Examples are a sprayer, soap dispenser, or hot water tap.
Removal Done Right
Once you have determined the new sink you want to install, you can move on to removing the old sink. As a note, there are two different types of sinks: a drop in and an underneath sink.
They both have different methods on how to be removed so it’s a good idea to consult the instruction manual. For information’s sake, we’re going to provide the basic steps on how to remove a drop-in sink.
- Step 1: Turn off the water supply underneath the sink or the main water line.
- Step 2: Relieve the pressure in the lines by turning the faucet on.
- Step 3-6: Disconnect the water supply lines, the garbage disposal, dishwasher drain line, and the disposer.
- Step 7: Loosen the metal clips underneath located at the edges of the sink.
- Step 8: Remove the caulking around the sinks upper edges and push from underneath.
- Step 9: Clean away any debris or leftover caulking and plumbers putty.
Install Your New Sink
The final part of this process is to finally install the sink. Similar to removing one, but in reverse. Before you place the sink into the countertop, this is the time to add the new components discussed in the first part of the process. Namely, the faucet, soap dispenser, etc.
Also, instead of removing any caulking, you’ll be applying a sealant to the edges of the sink and plumbers putty to the drain. Make sure the pipes line up before you seal it in, however. If they don’t, you’ll need the room to shorten or lengthen the pipes so they fit.
Now that you know what the process entails, does it still sound like something you should do yourself? Hopefully, you don’t think so because it sounds like there’s the potential for a lot of unforeseen problems. Instead, opt for a pro’s help. At Guardian Plumbing and Drain, we make sink installation easy, so you get a top-quality solution without the hassle of a DIY project.