Believe it or not, an incredibly frequently asked question we get is whether or not plumbers can install sinks. Plumbers are synonymous with toilets, and sinks seem like they would be outside of their ordinary range of knowledge.
However, we’re here today to put an end to all the confusion. Yes, professional plumbers can absolutely install sinks. And today, we’re going to talk about exactly how they do it.
While some homeowners may consider a sink installation the ideal DIY job, once you learn how it's done by the pros, you might consider calling one instead!
Preparing the Sink
The plumber will start by measuring the area the sink will be installed. If the new sink being installed is the same dimensions as the previous sink, or if it is a new sink install entirely, the area may need to be prepared in more detail.
Part of the preparation of the sink is making sure you’re choosing the right sink for what you want it for - this includes the sprayer, any soap dispensers, water filter, etc.
It’s much easier to worry about these details before the plumber starts to install sinks in your home than trying to change them afterward. Also, make sure that you know the number of plumbing holes on the rear lip so that you can have the right sink for the pipes in your kitchen or bathroom. All homes in Lexington are different, so don’t miss this step!
Removing the Sink
After everything is picked out, measured, and ready to go… it’s time for your plumber to remove the old sink to make room to install the new sink. The hot and cold water will both need to be turned off before he or she can install sinks anywhere in your home.
Your plumber will know where the shut-off valves are located, but make sure you also know where they are in case there are any questions. Once the water lines are off, the plumber will turn on the water in the existing sink to make sure to relieve any water pressure.
They will then disconnect the lines from the faucet, making sure to catch any excess water that may drip out. After the water is disconnected from the faucet, the plumber will then go on to disconnect and remove the garbage disposal and the drain line, then loosen the metal clips under the sink to release the sink’s hold on the counter.
After that, it’s as simple as using an Exacto knife to loosen the caulk around the sink and gently popping the sink up and out. Your plumber will clean up around the counter and get ready for the final step, the actual install.
Installing the Sink
Now that your plumber is ready to install sinks in your South Carolina home, the new sink can simply be set into the hole in the counter left by the previous sink. In some cases, the counter will need to be cut slightly.
Once a perfect fit has been obtained, the metal clips can be slid back into placed and tightened. The faucet will be reattached to the waterline, the garbage disposal will be reinstalled, and putty will be used to help reattach drain strainers and rubber gaskets.
Once all components are reinstalled and reattached, silicone and caulk will be used to make sure tight seals are achieved, and the water lines can be turned back on. Your plumber will finish by checking for any water leaks, then your sink will be ready to use! Now that you know how to install sinks, make sure you hire a reputable plumber certified to install yours. You should be proud of yourself for wanting to know more. Knowledge is power!