Very few household fixtures are as useful as kitchen sinks. In fact, for any kitchen to serve well it must have a functional sink. However, after many years of use, sinks can become stained, outdated, and even start to leak.
It is, therefore, important to replace the sink in order to solve this problem. However, before replacing a kitchen sink you must remove the old one. Although it’s not easy to fix a new sink without interfering with the counter top, with average skills you can complete the process within a very short time. Here is how to replace a kitchen sink.
Step 1Analyze the kind of sink and empty the cabinet
Typically, kitchen sinks come in two major designs namely the drop-in sinks and the under-mounted ones. After knowing the type of sink you have, clear everything from the cabinet so as to give you room to move around and more space to place your tools.
Step 2Unplug the garbage disposal
Because electricity and water cannot mix, unplugging the garbage disposal early enough is recommended. Turn off the circuit and the water supply. If there are no shut-off valves under the sink you may locate them further down your water pipes. If all else fail, use the main water turn off area.
Step 3Remove the sink
Using a utility knife, slice through the sealant along the edges of the fixture. However, be careful not to cut the counter top especially if you are still going to use it. After doing this, remove the sink from the counter top. You can do this by unscrewing the metal clips that connect the sink to the countertop. Remember, removing these screws might take some time hence you need to be patient. Once you are through with the screws, pull out the sink. In fact, drop-in sinks are often very easy to remove. But, while doing this be extra careful not to damage the counter top or the remaining piping. Finally, clean the surface well before you can start installing a new sink.
Step 4Locate the clips and start the process of installation
With your assistant carrying the sink from above, install the faucet of the sink while referring to the instructions. While still doing this, ensure that you install all the accessories such as the detergent dispenser and the sprayer. Also, put a ribbon of a plumber’s putty first when fixing the faucet and the sprayer bases.
Step 5Apply caulk
Apply caulk under the rim and before fixing it. Next, install the tailpipe and the drain. Ensure that you use whichever method that is advisable by the manufacturer. Fix the new clips and then reconnect the drain pipes and supply lines. If you are using flexible horses avoid reusing the old ones. This is because the gasket that connects it may have been destroyed after many years of being used and may not fit well.
Step 6Make final inspection
Finally, check if there are any leaks by turning on the pipe and allowing water to run for several minutes.
Additional information for this tutorial was kindly provided by experts from Aqua Sanita.