The sink is an indispensable part of your kitchen, and you must ensure that it’s always working properly. The number one reason to install a new sink in your kitchen is to brighten up the work area, and add a look of freshness to the room. And if you are starting a faucet replacement project, then sink replacement is a good project to work on in conjunction.
Also, if your kitchen sink is starting to seem too small for your needs, then that’s another reason you should consider replacing it with a bigger sink.
How to Do It?
Follow these steps to replace your kitchen sink without completely destroying your countertop.
- Measure the old sink’s inside dimensions in terms of length, width, and depth. This is assuming that size is not the problem, and you want your new sink to be of the same size as the old.
- Next, you will measure the center-to-center dimension of any holes you have in the sink for faucets and sprayers, in case you choose to replace them as well.
- Before you disconnect the plumbing and electrical connections to the sink, make sure that you shut off the water supply, otherwise there is a chance you will be left with a flooded kitchen.
- After disconnecting the water supply line, remove the faucet and the handles, or any other fixtures you might have in the sink.
- Remove the slip nut and gasket connecting the drain assembly to the floor pipe. It should not be very difficult to find.
- Get under your sink, and loosen the clamp holding the sink in place. Turn it to the side.
- Clean the edges of the old sink opening of all old plumbers’ putty or caulk that was holding it together after carefully lifting out the sink.
- When the sink is removed, reach the back of the sink, thread the faucet plumbing lines through the sink holes and tighten the faucet to sink. There is no easier time than this to install the faucet, while the old sink is out and the new sink is yet to go in.
- Now, add new caulk to the underside edges of the new sink to keep it in place, so that it comes into contact with the countertop during the installation.
- Carefully place the new sink into the hole in the countertop.
- You can pull the sink tight against the countertop with special mounting clips.
- Remove any excess plumber’s putty.
And there you have it. A brand new kitchen sink that makes your kitchen look fresh and different and less old. Albeit these steps are easy to follow at home, you might face some difficulty in the process if you don’t know what you are doing. In such a case, the best advice would be to call Pro Plumbing for professional help and services, and they will take the job off your hands.