A kitchen renovation is one of the common affairs that you would come across in every home. By kitchen renovation, we mean overhauling the entire structure including the fixtures. One activity of this overhauling process – even though small, but extremely important is changing your kitchen faucet.
In the current market, you would find across different elegant faucet designs with a variety of features which makes its usage a lot more interesting and effective. There can be scenarios wherein you might not want to renovate the entire kitchen and just change the faucet only because of such a stunning piece of artwork in the form of kitchen faucets. Kitchen faucets now come with options like water flow mode, extendable faucet head, easy clean nozzle, water temperature controller, etc. On the external surface, kitchen faucets are now available in brass, matte black, nickel, and various other finishing.
Replace Your Kitchen Faucet with Ease
Now, replacing a kitchen faucet is often considered to be a complex and cost-intensive task only if you have no idea about the process. If you know the steps properly then there won’t be a requirement to call in any professional services and only you can do it by yourselves. The following would be the steps in brief which are required to be followed to replace your kitchen faucet:-
It is important that you have a proper understanding of the set of tools that would be required for the process. Primarily with a set of the following three tools you would be able to get the job done. A basin wrench, a slip-joint plier, and an adjustable wrench are what would be required. Apart from the set of tools, you might also require some wall putty or white cement and a piece of cloth to keep your hands clean during the process.
Before disassembling your kitchen faucet, shutting down the water supply to the faucet would be the first thing which needs to be done. Turn off both the hot and cold water inlets which are generally located beneath the sink. If the inlet valves do not have a rotator then you can use an adjustable wrench to tighten it. Once the valves are closed, do drain the stored water which was already there on the pipe before moving ahead with the next steps.
Now you would require the basin wrench to unscrew the nuts which are connecting both the supply tubes to your old faucet. The coupling nuts would be there below the sink. Once the coupling nuts have been removed time to unscrew the mounting nuts which are there on the surface of the sink. The work of the mounting nut is to hold the faucet at the correct place. Once both the coupling nuts and mounting nuts are unscrewed, you would be able to pull out the faucet from its existing place.
Once the faucet is up you can use your wrench to disconnect the water inlet pipes from the faucet. Once the faucet is completely removed from its place, you should clean the area and the hole properly before you insert your new faucet. Try cleaning the area with a coarse cloth since there would be grease and dirt from your old faucet. Check if the old faucet escutcheon cap is intact. The cap can be reused or you can use the new cap which would have come with your new faucet.
Once the place is clean, it is time to install the new faucet. Your new faucet would generally come fitted with the sprayer hose, slowly put it down through the existing hole and firmly place the main faucet on the sink or slab. Connect to the hose to the sprayer and tighten it firmly. Once the same is done, you need to attach the pipes to the hot and cold water inlets. The pipe which comes with your faucet might vary in length hence the requirement of flexible connectors might arise. Use your adjustable wrench to tighten the connection as per the requirements.
Now with the flexible connectors attached time now to connect the flexible connectors of the new faucet with the water supply channel and then ensure the gasket line of the faucet is fixed correctly. Once the connection is done, you need to place the faucet as per your requirement. Now from underneath the sink, you need to tighten the coupling nuts to clasp the faucet in one place and ensure to use a washer as well. You can first tighten the nut using your bare hands then use the basin wrench to tighten it further. Once it is done just check if the faucet is standing still in one place as it cannot be loosely fitted. Once the coupling nuts are tightened, the mounting nuts need to be tightened too. The mounting nuts, as discussed earlier above, are placed on the surface and ensure the faucet is fixed at one location.
Now with the faucet set, double check on the connectors and tighten more if required. There shouldn’t be any leaks from the connectors. You can use thread tape to guarantee that there is no leakage. If you are planning to install a motion sensor faucet then there would be an additional set of connectors connected to a device which is generally placed underneath the sink. You might have to create a separate power source for the same. Go through the instructions guide properly before fitting in the motion sensor device as it varies with the different brands of the faucet.
If the above set of steps is followed properly then you can easily replace your kitchen faucet without much hassle. Now the final step obviously is to test if the faucet is working properly.