Do Your Sink Installation like a Pro

Got your eye on installing a new sink? Here’s the need to know:

Anatomy of a Sink

Your sink is a complex system of plumping that takes away waste and brings fresh water. Here is a closer look at your sink system and its anatomy.

Faucet
The faucet is the part that you connect to your sink. It has a hole through which water flows and turns on or off. You can choose different types of faucets, such as spray head, spray, aerator and cartridge type.

Drain
The drain is a space where waste goes. It is divided into three sections: the rim, the well and the trap.

Sink Base
The sink base is the part to which you can attach your sink to your countertop. It prevents scratches and protects your sink from possible leakages caused by the heavy use of a drain.

The Sink Underwater Guard
It keeps debris and food particles from entering your sink drain.

The Tailpiece
The pipe section that brings water from the garbage disposal to the drain.

The Waste Outlet
It is a fitting attached to a sink drain pipe and linked to a septic or municipal sewer system.

The Water Inlet Hose
It is connected to a cold water supply line from your wall and transfers water into your sink bowl through an aerator’s flexible connector.

The Basket Strainer
It is a flat plate attached to the wastewater outlet. It traps food particles and hair before they enter the drain.

The Counter
It is a bottom shelf designed to be installed underneath your kitchen sink. The counter protects your sink bottom.

Pre-Installation

Before installation, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Check the Cut-Out Size before Installation
Ensure the new sink fits inside the existing countertop opening. If you want to transform your sink into another location, measure the dimensions of your new sink. Then mark the sink upside down on the counter.

Be Sure You Have the Tools On Hand
You will want some essential tools to help you remove your existing sink and replace it with a brand one. These tools may include the following;

  • The sink
  • Hacksaw
  • Caulk Gun
  • Channel-lock pliers
  • Caulk
  • Tubing cutter
  • Tape measure
  • Screwdriver
  • Permanent marker
  • Wire cutters
  • Socket wrench set

Shut Off Water
This is a no-brainer. Before you start anything else, ensure all water supply is shut off.

Clear Out Under Sink
Ensure you remove all items from under the sink. These include plumping fixtures, cracked plastic pipes and more.

Installation

Installing a kitchen is not rocket science. It is one of the most straightforward projects ever. The process requires a few steps and in no time, your sink will be ready for use.

Here is how to install your sink;

Always Seal Everything
Sealing all pipes and openings before installing a kitchen sink. Also, coat the P trap with the caulk before inserting it into the drain pipe.

Always Wedge the Sink
As you put your sink in place, ensure to wedge in it using the waste outlet and tailpiece. The tool you use to accomplish this depends on your sink model and size.

Always Flush the Sediment
Don’t forget to flush the sediment from your pipes and plumping system. Also, ensure to wipe the drain pipe to remove the particles that collect there.

Turn on the Water and Run It for Several Minutes after Installation
This is crucial to ensure all particles and other sediments flow into the drainage system. Running water for several minutes can also purge air from the plumbing pipes. Otherwise, you may have an air bubble from a new faucet.

Every home is unique, and every sink installation will look slightly different. These basics will help you along the way. We always recommend choosing a professional to prevent costly mistakes with water and pipes. For more information, reach out to Sin City Plumbing to help you with your sink installation.

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