One of the most frequently replaced faucets in the average home is the bathroom or kitchen sink faucet. A leaking faucet wastes a lot of water and can cause rot and damage to your cabinets over time. If the handle is loose and leaking, one of the screws holding it together has most likely come loose. If the handle is not loose, it is most likely that the handle stem or packing nut that holds the stem in place is cracked or broken. In this case, the entire handle must be replaced. Installing a sink faucet can be a simple process if you have the right tools and take a methodical approach. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to install a sink faucet.
Tools and Materials Needed
- New sink faucet
- Adjustable wrench
- Plumber’s tape (Teflon tape)
- Bucket or towel
- Silicone caulk (optional)
- Towels or rags
Step-by-Step Faucet Installation Guide
Ensure you have your new faucet, necessary tools, and a clean workspace. The most important step in the whole process is to turn off the water supply valves under the sink. Test the faucet to ensure the water supply is shut off before proceeding.
- Place a bucket or towel beneath the sink to catch any water that might spill. Disconnect the water supply lines connected to the old faucet using an adjustable wrench.
- Remove any additional attachments like the sprayer or soap dispenser (if applicable).
- Loosen and remove the nuts that secure the faucet to the sink using a basin wrench or an adjustable wrench.
- Wipe down the sink area to remove any residue or debris left behind by the old faucet. Ensure the surface is clean and dry before proceeding.
- Read the manufacturer’s instructions that come with the new faucet.
- If required, assemble the new faucet according to the manufacturer’s directions. Ensure all necessary parts are included.
- Wrap the threads of the faucet stems with plumber’s tape to create a watertight seal.
- Position the new faucet into the mounting holes on the sink.
- Underneath the sink, secure the faucet in place using the provided mounting hardware or nuts. Tighten them by hand initially and then use an adjustable wrench to snugly secure the faucet. Avoid over-tightening, as it may damage the sink or faucet.
- Reconnect the water supply lines to the corresponding hot and cold valves. Use an adjustable wrench to tighten the connections but be careful not to overtighten to prevent damage.
- Turn on the water supply valves slowly and check for any leaks around the connections. Tighten connections if necessary.
- Operate the faucet handles to check for proper water flow and temperature control.
- Optional last step – Apply a thin bead of silicone caulk around the base of the faucet where it meets the sink to create a watertight seal.
Contact Our Plumbers if You Need Help
If you’re still uncertain how to install a sink faucet or encounter complexities during the process, it’s essential to consider hiring a licensed plumber like Oliver. A professional plumber possesses the necessary expertise, tools, and experience to ensure a seamless and secure installation. Our plumbers can guarantee the proper functioning of your faucet without risking potential leaks or damage. When you call Oliver, you not only ensure the job is done correctly but we provide peace of mind, saving you time and potential hassle in rectifying installation errors. Contact us today for all of your plumbing needs.