How to Install a new Kitchen or Bathroom Faucet

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Installing a new faucet is a simple and quick way to update a kitchen or bathroom. Dated fixtures or handles that are broken can take away from the function and beauty of a room, so making just this small change can have a big impact.

Before you take on this project, assess the condition of the other appliances in the room. Sometimes it’s easy to fix things like a leak or a slow drain while you are working on your sink. We offer appliance and toilet repair on Long Island, so contact us for professional assistance.

Step 1: Project Prep

Before you start this project, turn your water off either with the valve under your sink or your home’s main water shut off valve. Once the water is off, turn the faucet on to remove remaining water pressure.┬áLay down a drop cloth to protect your floor from drips, scrapes and damage while you work.

Step 2: Remove the Old Faucet

To remove the old faucet, start by disconnecting the supply lines that provide water to the sink. You may need to use a basin wrench to do this. If the supply tubes are worn or old, get new ones to avoid leaks and future problems.

Step 3: Install the New Faucet

Now you’re ready to install that shiny new faucet! Your new fixture will likely come with instructions, but in most cases you will start by putting it in place on top of the sink. Now is a good time to try to open and close the faucet to make sure it fits well and it is facing the right direction.

If your fixture requires it, apply plumber’s putty, or silicone caulk if your sink is made of marble, around the faucet to keep it in place and prevent water damage and leaks.

The supply tubes should fit through the hole in the sink and be accessible underneath it. Your fixture probably came with a faucet washer, so install that from underneath the sink. Tighten the faucet mounting nut and flange nut.

Step 4: Connect the Supply Lines

Now, connect the supply tubes to the supply lines under the sink. Once they are tightened, close the valve and turn the water supply on again. Watch for leaks as you do this, and then turn the faucet on and check for leaks across the entire system.

When you install a new faucet, check your other appliances to make sure they are working well. Make sure things like the piping systems, garbage disposal, toilet, dishwasher, refrigerator and other items are in great shape so the entire space will function well.

We specialize in remodeling, leak detection, new appliance installation and toilet repair on Long Island. If you need assistance installing a new faucet or repairing kitchen or bathroom fixtures, contact us.

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