Kitchen sinks face inevitable wear and tear over the years, so they must be replaced from time to time. There are many practical reasons to replace your kitchen sink periodically, but there are also aesthetic ones. After all, updated sinks keep your kitchen looking clean and modern.
Fortunately, installing a new sink doesn’t take long and is easy enough that you can feel confident doing it on your own. The following steps will show you how to make replacing your sink a do-it-yourself project.
1. Remove the Old Drain Sink Parts
You need to start by removing all the old sink parts. Start with the P-trap and the lock pliers. It is advisable to place a bucket underneath the P-trap to catch the water that may spill once you have removed it from the sink pipe.
Make sure to disconnect the pipe attached to the sink. This is especially important if you have a dishwasher. You also need to remember to loosen the nuts on the clamp that are holding the drainpipe in place.
Use lock pliers to unscrew the other nuts on the sink pipes. Remove the previous basket from your sink by loosening the nut located at the bottom of it. You should remove the basket strainer via the sinkhole so as to remove any old putty that might remain in the sink.
2. Apply Plumber’s Putty
You need to apply this substance around the underside of the basket before placing it. Make sure to pull the basket via the sinkhole before screwing the nuts. In doing so you will tighten the basket to the sink while flattening the putty. This will create the best possible seal. Putty can be easily wiped away, so there’s no need to worry if it oozes in the sink. Last but not least, make sure that you tighten all the new parts in the right places, and that the new parts have been placed where their older versions once were.
3. Reconnect the Dishwasher
Remember to return the dishwasher to its original place before you begin using the sink again. All connections must be sufficiently snug to ensure that the sink will work effectively. Be careful not to make them excessively tight, however, as this may cause leaks. Ideally, all connections will be snug with very little looseness.
These tips should make sink replacement easier, but they may not work in all circumstances. If you find yourself facing complex problems as you attempt to replace your sink or just don’t feel like it’s going well, it may be best to call a professional.