A fine-looking washroom is the embodiment of health and hygiene. If your washroom is well maintained and decorated, it showcases your vigilance towards your hygiene habits. The procedure of installation of a washroom sink depends upon the style and plumbing setups. However, the elementary steps are common for all. By following these tips, you can very securely install your sink without any risk of damage or accident.
The below-mentioned ways will help you to conveniently install your washroom sink. Whether you have a plan for installing a washroom sink in your recently fashioned house or trying to replace an old sink, these devices will surely work.
1. Begin with Collecting the Essential Tools Required in the Process-
Your first job is to collect the basic tools which you will need during installation. The tools that you may require are basin wrench, silicone caulking, pipe wrench, plumber’s wrench, bucket, chisel, power drill, slip-joint pliers, and set of plumbing sockets. Along with it, you should also have tiny tools of construction like nails, putty knives, faucet, etc. You may also need one person extra to help you lift the heavy sink and to pass you tools.
2. Ensure to Switch Off All the Water Supply Connection of Your House While Installing the Sink-
Before beginning the installation work, you must ensure that you shut off the water supply. Cross-check the mains twice before eliminating the sink to avoid any kind of mishappening.
3. Remove the Old Sink (In Cases of Replacement)-
If you are to replace the old one with a new one, you will need to remove the old one first. Place a bucket below the sink, as even if you have switched off the water supply totally, there are still minor chances of leakage. You need to disconnect the supply and drain lines from the faucet. Use locking pliers to do this job. You must carry out this process as smoothly as possible. Find out the main nut that connects the sink to the wall and remove it by sliding the edge. Go easy while pulling it.
4. Note Down Proper Measurements of the New Sink Before Trying to Fit It-
Most brands provide a template of the mounting opening of the sink, which marks the faucet holes very clearly, along with a cutout for the sink. You must use it wisely to get a basic idea of the measurement of your new sink. If its size exceeds the desired location, you must trim and cut it into the proper shape and size.
5. Putting the Sink into the Right Place-
The next step is to put the sink and fit it into the right place. Begin with keeping a thin bead of silicone around the bottom line of the sink and insert it into the hole. Rub off all the excess silicone and create a smooth line. For under-mount sinks, you have to put the silicone below. Ask someone to help you and hold the sink in place. Now install the connecting clips along with your sink. Don’t forget to pre-drill holes with a diamond carbide tip if you plan to install the sink in a granite or stone counter.
6. Use the Clips to Secure Your Sink-
Depending upon your sink’s size, design, and shape, use clips to safeguard it properly. The clips help to hold the sink in place.
7. Now it is Time to Install the Faucet-
Install the faucet in the clockwise direction. If your faucet has a rubber gasket around the base, it will be quite convenient to screw it on. Otherwise, it is recommended to use silicone sealant to safeguard your sink. You can use lock nuts and attach the faucet from underneath the sink as per the guidelines given in the installation kit.
8. Install the Tailpiece and Drain Kit-
You can easily install the tailpiece by dropping it through the sink and screwing it from underneath. You can use a non-hardening plumber’s putty to create the seal for proper attachment. Now safely install the gasket, the cardboard washer, and locknut to safeguard the tailpiece.
9. Ensure That the Waterline Match the New Fixture Accurately-
Now you have to check that the waterlines of your house accurately match the new fixture created by you. If, in any case, the sink comes with lines, but they don’t match the valves, then you can attach additional lines to make it match properly. Use Teflon tape to put the two pipe threads together.
10. Connect the Water Supply Lines-
Use a specific-sized connector to connect supply lines with the faucet. The supply lines must screw into the correct place with the corresponding joints on the new faucet. Your supply lines must be long enough so that you don’t put any extra stress on the joints.
11. Connect the Pop-Up-
Now it’s time to give the installation work a proper finish. Hence, connect the pop-up to your sink. Pop up is a tool that permits you to open and close the sink drain whenever required. While connecting it, you must ensure that the opening for the ball is properly facing towards the lever for the pop-up.
12. Seal Down Your Connections Using Silicone Caulk-
Now fill in all the unwanted gaps that might have occurred during the installation process using the silicone caulk. Give it a proper furnishing look with silicon around the top of the sink. Let it dry properly for a minimum of 24 hours. Do not turn on the water before 24 hours, or you will flush down your hard work. Once the specified period is over, and you are quite sure that it has dried, you can turn the water on and check for any kind of leakages.
13. Checking for Leakages-
If you see any leakages from rubber connections, try fixing them by tightening them a little more. Now, once the leaks are checked, you are all set to use your brand-new sink.
H2 – Conclusion
Develop the habit of checking the sink regularly for any leaks. In the beginning, you might have to adjust the seals for some days, but that’s very normal. With this, you can change your washroom sink and get a newly upgraded washroom.