The new-age faucets are easy to install. Today, it is possible to purchase the faucets and install it atop the sink. There is no need for you to crawl underneath. However, you still need to do a couple of things to ensure you have a leak-free installation.
Whether you want to install a shiny chrome Kraus faucet or any other model, the following tips will help you start. Also, if you are planning a bathroom renovation, these tips will help you in the process.
- Cut the previous faucet
When there is a wrench basin, it can be challenging to break the rusted loose nuts of the old faucet in the sink. If you care less about ruining the tap, you can cut the nuts. Use the rotary tool and the metal-cutting disk and cut through a side of the nut. You have the option to cut other parts as well.
- You can require a basin wrench
The basin wrench is a standard plumbing tool which is essential while installing faucets. This wrench enables you to move to the cramped space behind the sink to tighten and loosen the nuts, which holds the faucet to sink. You might not require a basin wrench if you can separate the old faucet by cutting nuts.
- You have to mount the faucet with the silicone
When water gets beneath the faucet, it can erode the faucet ultimately. Also, it can damage the cabinet or the countertop. The majority of the new faucets feature a gasket to seal between the sink and the faucet. However, it is always smart to apply clear silicone caulk at the faucet and gasket bottom for good sealing. Furthermore, silicone can function as an adhesive for preventing the faucet from moving when the nuts have a loose connection. You can clean any silicone that oozes.
- Update the supply lines
One of the tricky parts of installing a brand-new faucet is to connect with supply lines so that there is no leak. However, the new-age connectors come with gaskets at each end, which makes the connections safe. It is also expensive in comparison to the old-patterned connectors but is worth the price. There is no need to crank the nut tightly to seal it effectively. You can thread it tightly and add half-turn with the wrench. So you can save yourself from the hassle and substitute the old supply lines using the braided connectors in stainless steel.
- Assess the supply line
Several brand-new faucets comprise the supply lines, which aren’t long or might lack correct threads for connecting the shutoff valves. If you want to ascertain the supply line length, you should measure from beneath the sink. It would be close to where the faucet connects to the shutoff valve and then add extra inches. If you find that the new faucet’s supply lines are not very long, you can get extensions. To ensure that the original supply line threads match the shutoff valves, you can take an old supply line and check it with the new one.
- The shutoff valves
If you find the shutoff valve stuck open, make sure to free the same by loosening the packing nut. It will relieve the pressure from the valve stem and enable you to use the valve quickly. You can retighten the valve stem but for averting the leaks close to the valve stem.
- Eliminate aerator and then turn on the water
When you mess with the plumbing, it dislodges the debris and minerals inside valves and pipes. If you want to prevent aerator clogs in the new faucet, you can eliminate the aerator before turning on the water. The aerator is an instrument towards the faucet end with a perforated plastic covering or a screen towards the end. On the other hand, if you plan to install a pull-out faucet, you might find it complex to remove the aerator. In such a situation, you can unscrew the complete spray head from the tubing supply and then point it to the sink as you turn the water. Allow the water to run for a couple of seconds. After that, you can substitute the spray head or the aerator. When your faucet starts to run slow, you can remove the aerator and then clean it. That will help to solve the issue.
- You can save the parts and instructions in the freezer bag
Several new faucets comprise aerator removal tools; you need to use wrenches, and various other tools. One of the simplest ways to keep track of this is to place it in a freezer bag. You can also hang it within the sink cabinet where you can find it easily.
- You can mount the faucet in the new sink installation
Are you installing a brand-new sink along with the faucet? If yes, you can mount the faucet in the sink before the sink installation. It is easier than placing them back within the sink cabinet for installing the faucet. And even if you decide not to install the new sink, it might be easier to move away from the old sink to have improved access for moving the old faucet and installing a new faucet. Additionally, reinstalling and removing the old sink will enable you to clean the old caulk that gets build close to the edge. You can also renew the seal between the counter and the sink with fresh caulk.
Once you have installed the faucet, it is an excellent decision to check for leaks. You need to turn on the water and allow it to run for a few minutes. After that, you can crawl beneath the sink, make use of tissue, and wipe off the joint with the same. If there is a little leak, it will show up. You can see it as a wet spot in the tissue. It would be best if you tightened the connection close to any leak that you might discover. These are some of the most straightforward tips with which you can install a faucet.