Leaky faucets that constantly drip are not only annoying; they can also be a major inconvenience for individuals and families. Replacing leaky faucets sometimes require an appliance repair professional, but there are instances where people can replace faucets themselves. For a DIY (do it yourself) faucet replacement solution, refer to the easy to follow, simple steps below.
Preparation is Key for DIY Faucet Replacement.
Before you begin tinkering with a faulty faucet, the first thing to do is to ensure that you have all the essential tools and parts needed to replace a faucet. The tools needed to replace a dripping faucet or faulty faucet include
- A new faucet that fits the dimensions of your sink
- An adjustable wrench
- A pipe wrench
- Supply tubes
- A screwdriver
There may be additional tools and supplies for replacing a faucet. Please refer to the manufacturer’s guide of the produce you have purchased. Once you have assembled all of the tools and materials, the next step is to shut off the water and power supply underneath the sink. This must be done before starting any replacement work.
Remove the Old Faucet
Now you are ready to replace your faucet.
- First, go underneath the sink. With an adjustable wrench, remove the supply lines from where they are attached to the water valves. When loosening the supply tubes, hold the pipe steady to make sure that you do not accidentally damage the plumbing connections.
- Remove the supply lines and detach the retaining nuts that hold the faucet to the sink. Depending on the layout of your bathroom or kitchen, it may be necessary to lie down to do this.
- Once all the connections have been removed alongside the hardware that holds the faucet to the fixture, you should be able to easily lift the old faucet off the setting.
Inserting the New Faucet
When placing the replacement faucet in position, ensure that any rubber gaskets between the sink and the faucet remain in place. In addition, the handles of the new faucet should be facing forward, and the valves should be in the right holes.
- Tighten the mounting nuts both by hand and with an open-ended wrench, being careful not to screw too tight so as to crack the sink if it is made of porcelain.
- Next, attach the new supply lines to the shutoff valves. If your faucet is single-handled, double check that the correct supply lines have been attached to the respective hot and cold water pipes.
Test the Faucet
- Once everything is in place, turn on the faucet and check for leaks. If necessary, connections should be further tightened. Reinforce cracks with plumber’s tape.
- Enjoy your new faucet!
Let Go Assist Take Care of Your Faucet Problems
While replacing a faucet yourself is certainly doable, DIY faucet solutions don’t always work as well as calling in the professionals. If you are having faucet problems after replacing it yourself, try calling the experts at Go Assist. Our experienced plumbing team offers reliable and low-cost home appliance and plumbing repairs. We have just what you need to ensure that your sinks, faucets, toilets, and other plumbing fixtures function properly. With fast turnaround times and efficient services, Go Assist is the team to call on. Feel free contact us for additional questions.