Installing a new faucet is not a job for all. You will have to get your hands dirty. Cleaning up after the job takes just as much time as doing it, so you should start early before the entire bathroom pipes are filled with water and puddles form. To prevent leaks and damage to the bathroom, there are steps you should take before starting.
This guide will walk you through installing your new faucet in easy detailed steps. Read till the end.
Step 1. Preparations
To prevent leaks and to avoid damage from the faucet, tighten the hose attached to the faucet. Push it firmly towards the faucet, then pull outwards. Do not try to pull it apart as it might cause a leak. Use tape on both ends of the hose if you plan on changing it in the future.
Start by cleaning off any excess soap residue on your sink, rinse with plain water and inspect for any drips or leaks. If there is a leak, wipe it off, then clean with soap and hot water.
You can also use a wire scrubber to clean the faucet head. To do this, insert the scrubber into the spout to prevent scratching the surface. Wipe the head both inside and out with a cloth or paper towel until shiny and clean. Avoid getting water inside of the sprayer end as that can cause leaks or overflow problems in the future.
Step 2. Disassembly
To get at the faucet, you will need to remove the handle and sprayer from the faucet. First, loosen the handle screws with a screwdriver. Hold on to the handle so that it does not fall off while you are doing this. Then remove all of the screws by removing them from both sides.
Next, remove the sprayer by removing the screws from both sides. Pull the sprayer off, then grab the handle and pull it straight up. Once it is out of the way, you can slide off all of the pieces and clean them with water and soap.
Step 3. Cleaning
If your faucet is old, there will be lots of grease and gunk inside. You might not be able to see it until you get inside of it and start scraping at it. Wear protective gloves to prevent cuts during this process. You can use a wire brush or any other tool that you feel will be safe for the faucet. You can also use a blowtorch for access to hard-to-reach places.
It may take an hour or so, but you will want to clean all of the inside parts of your faucet by scraping off loose debris and dirt with a wire brush.
Step 4. Draining and Removing Water
You need to drain the water from your faucet sprayer so you can remove it. The best way to do this is to open the faucet all the way and use a bucket underneath the spout. Wipe off any excess water that fills up underneath, then go back into your bathroom and repeat this same process several times until the water drips out of your faucet with ease.
You may notice a thin stream of water spraying out. This is not a problem as long as it clears up after you remove the sprout and sprayer. If you experience this, you may fix it by replacing the sprayer head and retightening the bolts that hold it in place.
Step 5. Replacing the Parts
If you are replacing a faucet, it is a good idea to replace the mat and the handle with a new set. These not only look better, but they will also fit better and be more durable than the old ones.
To replace these parts, first, remove them from your old faucet using your hand in a back-and-forth motion. Do not twist as you remove them, or they will break off. Once they are out, you will be able to replace them with a new set.
Step 6. Fix for Leaks
If your faucet leaks, it is possible that the rubber material will crack from overuse and water damage. You can fix this by putting some clear coats on the ends of the spout to make them more durable. Clean both ends of the sprayer and both sides of the head of your faucet by cleaning out the old junk inside.
Step 7. Reassembly
You are now ready to reassemble your faucet. Start by putting the sprayer back onto your new faucet. You will need to put the spring and gasket on so that it is held in place correctly. Then, put the hose back into place, making sure it is securely in position.
Next, hold on to the head of your new spout and push down as you twist. This will ensure that it is properly in place. Once you have done this, you can push down on the block that holds the head of your faucet so that it is securely locked into place.
Replace the handle and tighten all of the screws by hand to check if they are secure. Make sure that you can move them up and down without much effort before you start tightening them with a screwdriver.
Step 8. Testing Your New Faucet
You are now ready to test the rest of your plumbing to see if there are any leaks. You may not hear any water spraying out of the spout, but that does not mean that there is no leak. The best way to do this is to put some water in a bowl and make sure it drains out or splashes over the edge. Once you have done this, you can tighten up your faucet and find where the leak is coming from.
Step 9. Apply Pressure
You will be ready to start using your new faucet once you apply some pressure to it. Please do this by turning on the water and letting it run for about 15 minutes straight. You can also use a hose to fill up the sink and see if anything leaks, then screw on the spout to check for any other leaks before putting it all back together. When your new faucet is secure, turn off the water and let your sink drain completely.
If your old faucet is in bad condition and needs to be replaced, you can do that yourself by following these easy steps. It will save you money on a repairer, and it only takes about an hour to complete the entire process. Once you have completed this task, you will no longer need to worry about any leaks or other problems caused by faucet problems.