Many of us may think that when it comes to local plumbing and heating repairs it is best to call a plumber to do the work to save us from hassle or more damage. This though may not be true in all circumstances. When we talk about more complicated plumbing works, like clogged drains, counterflowing water, internal leaking and such, yes this calls for the job of a professional plumber. However, minor fixtures may already be done DIY style, and it is actually quite easy!
Modern plumbing and faucet designs have made changing very easy. Here, we are sharing some tips on how to easily replace your home’s faucets and fixtures and save you a bundle. You’re welcome.
Tip#1: Remove Old Faucets And Fixtures
The first thing you have to do is to shut off your valves, both for hot and cold water supply lines under your sink. You won’t need a special tool for this. If you don’t see any valves below the sink, follow the supply lines away from the faucet until you find a valve. You may also turn-off the main valve. Once you’ve turned it off, turn on the faucet again to make sure that no water is coming out. If there is, your valve may be faulty and would need to be repaired. If none, you may proceed with your work.
Now you may detach the old faucet by removing the nuts under the sink. You may have to use tools such as a wrench to help you with this task. When you purchase the faucet, it normally comes with a manual or configuration guide that you can follow. Sometimes, the set comes with a specific socket wrench which makes it handier for you.
Tip#2: Attach The New Faucet
You can’t just buy any new faucet you fancy. Before purchasing a new faucet, the first thing you have to consider is the arrangement, specifically the current number and location of holes in your counter or sink.
Once you have the right assembly, install it by running the supply lines followed by the threaded rods of the faucet through the holes of your sink or countertop. Then go underneath and tighten the retaining nut with your wrench. Be careful not to hit or damage the faucet’s water supply lines. If it is too tight and may be at risk of getting hit, you may wrap the supply lines first with a protective material before doing the job.
Tip#3: Seal It Tight
Connect the faucet’s water supply lines to the shut-off valve beneath the sink. You may want to lubricate the threads before installing the nuts for a better seal. Then finish sealing and tightening the connection with a wrench. Turn on your water supply to check for any leaks. If the water flows normally and everything below stays dry, then you are all set. It is also recommended that you replace the hoses of the supply lines to avoid future leaks.
Finish by flushing out your lines for any debris that may have accumulated while fixing. Remove the aerator from the faucet first then let the water run for about a minute. If you can’t remove the aerator, remove the entire nozzle and let the water run for a while.
That’s it! Replacing your faucet is not as hard as you may think. You won’t even need special skills to do the job. All you have to do is just pick out the right faucet assembly, just follow the instructions, make sure you have tools on hand, you’re all set. It saves you a lot of money by skipping the plumber and it’s a good quick day project that you can do anytime.