Replacing the old leaking faucet with a new one or just pure up-gradation of the used one serves as a smart way to revamp the whole aesthetic of the bathroom. The process of replacement might seem little tricky at first, but you are few wrench adjustments away from adding your new bathroom faucets. The process is quite straightforward which only takes some hours if you follow the steps mentioned bellow correctly. We have adequately laid out all the process from the beginning so that you can flawlessly accomplish your goal.
Before jumping directly into replacement process, you should gear yourself with some tools that you will need during removal of old one and installation of the new faucet.
5 Steps to Replace A Bathroom Faucet
- Big basin wrench (entirely depends upon the size).
- Modifiable wrench
- Waterproof tape or seal
- Measuring tape
- Multi-Purpose Lubricant
- Bathroom cleaner
- Any small piece of cloth
- One bucket
- Mineral spirits
You will require a good number of tools for the replacement. If you don’t have all of them, try either to buy them or borough them from your friends.
1. Setting Up The Work Station
1.1 Prepare your workstation
At first, you have to prepare the location for your workstation since it serves as a complicated area. While you head down to the lower part of the pan, you will find a PVC drain and water lines. Your job will be to remove all the lines underneath the basin, but before that, you need to place a towel and a bucket which will prevent any water mess.
Generally, water valves are located on the wall below the pan so it won’t give you a hard time finding them. However, if there is a jam in a knob or any of the knobs is not moving clockwise, then it is recommended to turn down the whole water system in the house.
After closing the all water flow, it is time to drain out all the excess water from the faucet, water line and drain pipe. For draining out water from the tap, you should keep them open which will quickly churn out everything. It will not only protect you from facing any mess but also protect your floor from damage.
2. Take Out The Old Faucet
2.1 Remove the Water Lines and Drains
After removing all the water from the line, it is time to unhook all the water lines and drain lines from the faucet and sink. First, you have to remove the connectors that are generally known as tubes, and you have to use a wrench to loosen the bolts from the water line. Then using the basin wrench, you have to unscrew the nut from the basin, and this will easily disassemble all the connections. If you have any difficulty unhooking the bolts, then you can use a multipurpose lubricant which will smoothen up the process.
You should unhook all the connection with the tap and the drain line. First, you have to loosen the curvy pipe that connects basin with the drain. You shouldn’t worry while removing the connector line for drain because most likely some reasonable amount of water might come down on the floor. Then, same as water line use your wrench to unscrew the bolt.
2.2 Remove the Locknuts
Now, it is time to remove the lock nuts that attach the tail of the faucet to the sink and it is located at the extreme lower part of the spout. First, use your adjustable wrench to loosen it and then use your finger to remove the screw from the nuts (located at the lower section of the faucet). Along with nuts, the washer will also come out so place the bucket correctly otherwise it might get lost.
2.3 Clean the Faucet line and Drain
After removal, you have to start with your cleanup process which is essential before installation of the new faucet. You have to use the scrubber to properly clean the holes where you will attach the new one. After scrubbing those areas, you need to again clean it using soap water as these will make the surface smooth for applying new seal. In addition to this, if there is any kind of rust mark in the sink, you can use citric acid or baking soda to remove the rush marks from the sinkhole.
It is a typical case that people often fail to remove old sealant from the hole areas as they get tight after sever year of usage. So you can use mineral spirit and spread on a wet cloth, and then use it clean the area. So after cleaning the area, you should give it a time to get dry.
3. Getting A New Faucet
Getting a new faucet for your sink is one of the most exciting steps in the whole process, but before getting the new one, you have to determine which one you will buy.
3.1 Types of Bathroom Faucets
The hole configuration in your sink will tell you what type of faucet you have to buy from the market. Basically, there are three types of taps available in the market namely single hole, widespread and center set. Single hole sets are the basic ones that require only one hole for fitting the faucet, while the center set needs three holes for fittings. The widespread faucet also requires three, but the handles come separately with the center tap.
3.2 Measure the Tape
After determining the type, you should get your measuring tape and adequately measure the size of your tape. You should sufficiently measure the size of the extensive connectivity from the lower section of the faucet because there is no point in buying things separately. Most importantly, if you have a three-hole configuration, then we would recommend you to measure the distance between the holes because a single mismatch can cause huge trouble. After taking everything into consideration, you are now ready to purchase your new model from any of the top faucet brands in the market. You can check out our recommended bathroom faucets here.
4. Installing The New Faucet
4.1 Placement of the Gasket
You have to set up a new plastic or rubber gasket on the sink. The type of gasket you want to use entirely depends upon, but the rubber can form a tight seal, and they can withstand substantial pressure without damaging the sink. However, for assistance you can take support from the manual book as in some occasions many manufacturers provide some specific installation instructions. The placement of the gasket should be clean so that there isn’t any mismatch with holes of the tailpipe and valve.
In many occasions, a plastic gasket of poor quality breaks down quickly so you should get a sturdy gasket and place them accurately so that it can offer a tight seal. However, if you don’t go for gasket separately or your faucet doesn’t come with a gasket, then use plumber’s sealant for sealing purpose. Never apply a thick layer of putty before installing the faucet, always apply a thin layer as it will offer adequate sealing and immaculate outlook.
4.2 Use Plumber’s Tape
After completing the gasket installation, you will have to apply plumber’s tape on the end section of faucet pipe that will connect the other tube. Plumber’s tape is basically is used for applying seal between two devices and also offer lubrication during fittings. You should add an adequate amount of tape on the tail section so that it won’t be able to cause any leakage in the joints. However, you should make it sure that the tape should extend and you can use scissors to cut down any extensions.
4.3 Place the Faucet
Now, you have to carefully place the faucet on the sink and align them properly with the mounting holes. You should remember if you are installing a center set faucet or widespread faucet the tailpipe and valves should match with the holes. So, after you have placed the faucet, insert washers in the tailpipes, and you should use your finger to turn them in a clockwise direction to tighten them. Once you are done with the washers, you have to places the nuts on end pipe and then tense up the patch of the nut with the assistance of an adjustable wrench.
You can use rust spray on the delicate spots of the connection which will prevent the areas from getting damaged by rust. However, most of the top end bathroom sinks use an anti-rust coating to prevent any marks or damage.
If you have bought a center set faucet, you should check whether your valve is preassembled or not as many brands ship taps in pieces. However, you won’t have to worry, as assembling is entirely breeze and you just have to place guide ring below the handles and set the handle according to your requirement. To secure the position of the handle, you have to use the set screw, and for tightening it, you will find a hex wrench in the package itself.
4.4 Connect Hook Connection
After completing the top area, you have to move to a lower part of the sink where you will have the all the connection of the hook. First, you have to connect the drain line with the pan with the help of a screw and then places a gasket over the nut. Nowadays new gaskets types are coming up in the market with threading, so you have to screw them with the nut rather than pushing them thoroughly.
Now, you have to install a flat rim that is generally known as the flange on the bottom part of the sink. You can use plumber’s putty, tape or silicone on the top layer of the flange and then attach them to sink with screws. The pivoting side of the flange should be opposite of the sink bottom. Then with the help of a wrench, you should properly constrict the gasket and nuts in the clockwise direction. To maintain the aesthetic of the sink, you should use chemical spirits to remove any putty or silicone.
However, if you are utilizing a new drain rod during the replacement process, then make sure open the pivot nut on the drain and slowly put the rod. The rod should be aligned with the stopper and then reinstate the bolt on the pivot. So, after this, you need put the rod down and connect the lift rod with the assistance of a screw.
It is time to hook all the water tubes to the tailpipe of the faucet, and you should see that you are using the right nuts for attachment. Use your adjustable wrench to hook the pipes to the valve and turn them on a clockwise direction. However, during fitting never try to roll with a substantial force, always try to tighten with a single wrist flick.
Attaching the pipes doesn’t complete the installation process as you will have to reconnect them with the water supply line. Use the gives nuts and wrench to secure the connection between them correctly otherwise it will cause leakage.
In case of copper pipe threaded fittings, you should connect the pipe delicately; otherwise, it might snap or get twisted due to pressure.
5. Test What You Have Done
After completing the installation, you should check the flow of water through the faucet. Before opening the tap, you should remove aerator as it will help to flush out all the debris that might have got into the tubes during replacement. So now switch on the valve by turning it in an anti-clockwise direction and then open the tap. Then keep the faucet on for few minutes and in the meantime, check whether there is any leakage in the fitting. You should turn on both hold and cold-water knob and keep them running for two minutes.
If you are satisfied with the flow and the fitting, then turn off the knob on the faucet. You should refit the aerator back on the valve after finishing the testing process.
If everything seems fine, congratulation for installing a new bathroom faucet yourself! Cheers!