Steps that plumbers take to replace a bathroom sink


The sink in your bathroom is one of the most used parts of the home. You rely on it every morning when you wake up, before you go to sleep and during random periods of the day as necessary. Over time, the sink can become chipped, stained, scratched or blocked due to various reasons. A worn out sink should be replaced by a new one in order to add to the functionality of the entire bathroom space.

If you're in the process of planning bathroom renovations, you may be wondering how complex the sink replacement process is. Understanding the steps that a plumber takes to replace the sink can give you insights into the type of sink to select and how you can keep it working for longer.

Measuring dimensions

The first step your plumber will do is to measure the dimensions of your old sink. This is to ensure that the new sink installed is of the right size and will fit in with the current faucets, pipes and water supply. The length, width and depth of the sink will be measured.

Turning off the main supply

Then next important step a plumber will take is to turn off the main water supply to the sink. This is usually located directly under the sink itself, near the inlet pipes. Once the incoming supply is cut off, the faucets will also be completely drained to ensure that the remaining water within the pipes is removed.

Draining underlying pipes

For the new sink to be installed, the drainage pipe must first be removed to allow for the swapping of the old with the new sink. The drainage pipe will mostly be a P-trap shaped pipe. Your plumber will use various tools to loosen this pipe and create room for the new basin to be installed.

Removing the old sink from its position

The old sink may be held in place using an adhesive, sealant or putty. A sharp object will be used to cut this sealant material and loosen the sink for removal. Once the sink has been loosened, it can be removed from the countertop and placed aside.

Transferring faucets and drains from the old to the new sink

If you wish to keep your current faucet and drains, these can be removed from the old sink and placed on the new basin. Most new sinks will have universally-sized openings that fit many faucets and drainage pipes.

Putting the new sink in place

Now the new sink can finally be put in place. Sealant often needs to be placed on the underlying surface of the sink so it can adhere firmly to the countertop. Once in place, the inlet pipes will be attached and the sink will be tested for functionality.


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