All homeowners know that one of the best and easiest ways to give a kitchen an instant touch of new life and revitalisation is to replace their kitchen sink. Over time, our beloved kitchen sinks have to withstand an awful lot of wear and tear. And given the fact that they have to deal with lime scale and rust and saucepans, dishes and multitudes of different liquids thrown into them, it’s no surprise that the original glean and shine of a new kitchen sink usually doesn’t last very long.
Do you want to give your kitchen a makeover by replacing your sink, but you’re worried because you’re not DIY savvy? Don’t stress, as someone with basic plumbing skills can easily and quickly install a new kitchen sink by following these simple steps:
The first thing you should do is to measure up the size of your existing sink unit to make sure that the replacement sink is the right size and fit for its intended location. A sink that is either too big or too small will cause you nothing but difficulty so make sure you measure it as accurately as possible.
2.Shut off the water supply
Next, locate the shutoff valves beneath the sink and shut off the water supply to your home. If you forget to do this, you will be left with water cascading all over you and your kitchen so this is an important step.
3.Disconnect the taps
In order to take your existing sink out of its place, you will need to disconnect the taps from the water pipes. You can do this using a crescent wrench or basin wrench. Make sure you have a towel or bucket to hand as some water will escape when you disconnect the pipes from the taps.
4.Lift out the sink
Once you have disconnected the taps, you will be able to lift out the sink. Use a screwdriver or knife to lift the edges of the sink away from the counter top and lift it out of place once you have a safe grip of it. You may need another person to help you with this, as some sinks can be quite heavy and awkward to lift.
Take the taps that you removed from your old sink and install them into your new sink. It is much easier to do this now rather than after the new sink is in place, as you’ll have greater access and ease of movement.
6.Fit the new sink
With the old sink removed, you can now apply sealant around the edges of the sink opening. Then, gently place the new sink and press firmly to ensure a good contact. Make sure to wipe off any excess sealant that spills over, as it will leave the finished project looking unsightly.
Now that your new sink is in place, go back underneath it and reconnect the taps to the water pipes. Turn on the water using the tap and make sure there are no leaks present.
At this point, all that will be left to do is give yourself a big pat on the back as you’ll have successfully replaced your old sink with a brand spanking new one – and all without having to call a plumber. Your shiny new sink is sure to revitalise the look of your kitchen and hopefully will serve you and your kitchen well.