Whether you are dealing with a kitchen sink or a bathroom one, chances are there is a faucet attached. Faucets come in all shapes and sizes. Some faucets have two separate valves for hot and cold water, whereas others might have just one valve for both. Some faucets have houses that allow for greater lengths to clean. Newer faucets can even be turned on just by a simple tap on instead of physically turning it on or off. With all the faucets out available, there might come a time where a person might want to replace a faucet. In this article, we give a step-by-step guide on how to remove a faucet.
Clear The Area And Gather Supplies
The first thing you will need to do is clear the area, especially under the sink. You will want to remove everything from the cabinet under the sink to ensure you have a much space as you need to work in. The supplies you will need for this are a pan or bucket to catch any water and towels or rags to dry the area from the water. If the sink has an outlet underneath it, it is essential to shut off the power to the outlet to prevent electrocution.
Shut Of The Water
The next step would be to shut off the water. If you have hot and cold water valves, you will want to turn them off by turning them clockwise. On the other hand, if you do not have hot and cold water valves or cannot find them, then it is recommended that you shut off the water to the house entirely until you finish the project. Once you shut off the water, you will want to open the faucet handles to reduce pressure buildup.
Remove Old Faucet
You will need to remove the old faucet by disconnecting it from the water supply line. Since a threaded nut connects the water supply line, you will need to loosen each nut individually. You can achieve this by using a wrench to unscrew the nut counter-clockwise. It is essential to stabilize the pipe to prevent the connections from getting damaged.
Once you have disconnected the water supply line, you will need to remove the old supply line. If the old faucet is two-handed, then you will need to unscrew the supply line connections. If the old faucet is a single handle, then it should slide off the line easily. Once you remove the old supply line, then you are ready to remove the mounting hardware.
Removing The Mounting Hardware
The faucet should be connected by mounting hardware under the sink. In some cases, the caulk might be too strong to just remove the faucet. If this is the case, the caulk seal should break by adding a little pressure, and this will remove the mounting hardware. Once the mounting hardware comes off, the old faucet should lift out completely.
Although removing a faucet can be done by a layperson, it is time-consuming. If you wish to have a faucet removed by a professional, contact Conyers Plumbing.