Fix It, Don’t Break It: How To Install A Brand New Faucet On Your Own

No homeowner wants to have to deal with a leaky bathroom or kitchen faucet. For one, it's annoying. For two, it causes your water bill to skyrocket. Luckily, a faucet is one of those plumbing fixtures that you can easily uninstall and re-install yourself with little to no issues, as long as you have a little bit of basic know-how and are willing to put in the effort.

This article is going to guide you through the steps you need to take when installing your new model of faucet. Remember, if you run into trouble or are uncertain about your abilities, consult with a professional plumber:

Removing Your Old Faucet

  • Turn off the water supply to your sink. More than likely, there is a shutoff valve located on the pipe directly below. If you can't locate this shutoff valve, then you'll need to turn the water off to your entire house.
  • Once the water has been turned off, you need to open up the faucet so that any water that is still inside the pipes can drain out.
  • Now, you need to disconnect the water lines that are connected to the faucet. You can use a basin wrench or do it by hand, depending on the exact setup.
  • You also need to remove all other parts that are connected to the faucet. This includes the lift rod.
  • Next, you need to unscrew any nuts that are anchoring the faucet down.
  • You can now remove and discard the old faucet. 

Installing Your New Faucet

  • Take your faucet out of its packaging and set it in place. Make sure that the gasket and putty has been placed as well to prevent leaks.
  • Tight all the nuts that will hold the fixture in place. Screw the handles on, if needed.
  • Now, re-connect the lift rod, water lines and other items that you disconnected from the faucet.
  • Turn the water supply back on. Run the water – hot and cold – for roughly one minute. Inspect above and below your sink for any signs of leakage. If there are leaks, start over and make sure the nuts are secure, gaskets are in place and sealant has been applied.
  • If there aren't any leaks, then you've just finished installing your new faucet.

While installing a brand new faucet in the home may be a simple task that you can handle on your own, more severe plumbing issues will likely require the services of a plumbing expert. If you ever feel like you are in over your head with your plumbing system, even with installing a new faucet, don't hesitate to contact your local plumber for assistance or the entire installation. There's no shame in this, as you never know what problems you may come across when you get started that could put an end to your DIY plans.

To learn more, contact a company like Roto-Rooter with any questions you have.