5 Easy Steps to Sink Installation
If you’re re-vamping your bathroom, you may well be thinking of installing a new sink. It’s a great and simple way to give your bathroom a new look and style. Of course there are plenty of different sink styles to choose from, but the basic principles are the same. We’ve put together 5 easy steps to sink installation that should make the task straightforward.
- Equipment – Before you start make sure you have the right tools for the job – silicone caulking, plumber’s wrenches (pipe wrench or slip-knot pliers), basin wrench & set of plumbing sockets. Also make sure you have measured the space accurately where the new sink will go and checked that the installed connector pipes for the water supply will fit those for the new sink.
- Shut off the water – It’s essential to turn off the water feed to the sinkbefore you remove the existing sink or start tinkering about with any pipework. Some sinks have isolated stop taps, but you may need to turn off the mains water supply completely to be sure. Once the water is off, you can remove the old sink, ready to attach the new one.
- Mounting the sink –Whatever style of sink, it will require secure mounting, particularly for floating sink designs, where there is no pedestal to support the sink unit. Carefully measure the height of the sink and drill the appropriate holes to attach the screws for mounting the sink. You can also apply silicone caulk to the backside of the sink for additional purchase and a clean finish.
- Pipework – Once the sink unit is securely mounted to the wall, it’s time to plumb it in. Start by fitting the taps, making sure they are securely anchored in place. You will then need to attach a tailpiece to the faucets that will connect to the main water supply fittings in the wall. Ensure all pipework joints are securely tightened using plumbing wrenches and sockets.
- Sealing – Once all pipework is tightened and fitted it’s important to seal the sink with silicone caulking around the areas where the sink meets the wall and also around the plughole before screwing it in, to make it completely water tight. You may also want to silicone around the faucet where it meets the sink to prevent any leakage underneath. Allow the silicone beading to dry for at least 24 hours before turning the water back on. Once the water is on, you should check for any leaks and tighten joints where necessary.