Replacing Your Bathroom Sink and Faucet
Replacing your old sink and faucet can make a big aesthetic difference in your bathroom. The following are some helpful tips when it comes time to replace them.
When is it Time to Replace My Sink and Faucet?
If your sink is worn or has chips it might be time for replacement. Additionally, if your faucet is leaking or isn't working as it should, it is a good candidate to be replaced as well. They don't have to be broken however, you might just think it's time for a change in style.
Cost Factors of Replacing Your Sink and Faucet
Both labor and material costs factor almost equally into this project. If you are a capable do-it-yourselfer, then you can save on your project cost depending on the quality of your finishes selected. Below are the main cost factors in the project of replacing your sink and faucet.
- Removal of the old sink and faucet
- Purchase and installation of the new sink and faucet
- Replacing water supply lines and angle stop (if necessary)
- Installing any new plumbing and materials
Saving Opportunities on Labor Costs
If you are hiring a plumber to install your new sink and faucet, you can still save on costs by removing your existing sink and faucet yourself. Below are the steps to remove your existing sink.
- Turn off your waterYour water can be turned off under the sink on the wall. If you can't turn the water off here you can always turn off the main valve. Once the water is turned off you will want to open your faucet to release any water pressure that's left. It's always a good idea to have some bath towels on hand when disconnecting water lines.
- Detach the plumbing and water lines to the sinkUnder the sink, disconnect and remove the p-trap by loosening the slip nut located at the top. Note that there will be water left in the pipe so be ready with a bucket or towels. Unscrew the water lines to the sink with a wrench and disconnect. Be ready for any water that is still in the water lines.
- Remove the sinkThese are instructions for drop-in sinks. If you have a one-piece sink and counter you can check out the article on replacing your vanity. Cut along the caulk sealant around the sink with a knife and gently pry it loose from the vanity-top making sure not to damage the counter. Remove the sink.
Installing Your New Sink and Faucet
You have many quality options for your style of faucet but the majority have the same install dimensions. If you are replacing a similar sink you will not need to make any major changes to your plumbing. Sinks come in different styles and sizes. The most common style is the drop-in sink however you can also get an under the counter sink or vessel sink (looks like a bowl). Below are steps to install a drop-in sink.
- Assemble your faucetNow is an easier time to assemble your faucet to your new sink. Follow the manufacturer directions that came with your faucet.
- Install the sinkGently place your new sink into place. Depending on your new sink, you may need to cut the opening for a good fit. Attach your sink by using a silicone adhesive where it sits on the counter. Once your sink is in you will need to apply sealant around your sink for a nice water-proof finish
- Reconnect your plumbing and water supply linesMake sure any adhesive or sealant has dried before you re-connect your plumbing. If your plumbing does not fit you can buy connecting kits at your local hardware store to help you make your connections. Additionally, you can also change your water supply lines at this time if you wish to do so. Turn on your water and test for any leaks.
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