Is your kitchen faucet giving you hints that it’s not in good condition anymore? Perhaps you’re noticing leaks, or maybe it really looks outdated and out of place in your modern kitchen. Either way, it could mean that you’re in need of a kitchen faucet replacement.
Many homeowners believe that replacing a faucet is fairly simple and perhaps one of the easiest DIY projects they could do. However, it’s actually not as easy as one might think. You might not be aware of it, but faucet configuration could vary, and you could be facing some complications that you won’t be able to solve yourself.
If you’re set on doing the replacement yourself, here are some of the things you need to consider before starting:
Shut Off the Water Before Starting Your Work
Before starting any plumbing work, you need to shut off the water connected to the faucet you’re replacing. Typically, this can be done by just twisting the on/off valve found on the hot and cold water supply line.
However, if your faucet is already a few years old, it’s possible that the valves are either stuck or rusted, that you might find it hard to turn or twist. You can try applying heat with the use of a hair drier or use a pair of pliers. Just make sure that you do this carefully because you don’t want to break the valve or the supply line.
Be Careful When You Remove the Old Faucet
Once you have successfully turned the water off, you just have to remove the old faucet. It’s going to take loosening of the nuts that keep it in place and then taking the tap out from the holes. Sounds easy? Not so. See, the space under the sink where your faucet is attached is dark and narrow, so you’re going to need sufficient lighting to see the nuts that you need to loosen with a wrench.
Also, similar to the shutoff valves, the nuts could be stuck, and you might have to apply some oil on the nuts to dissolve corrosion.
Choose the Right Replacement Faucet
You might get excited with the idea of finally getting a new kitchen faucet and visit the home improvement center immediately. This is not a good idea. Why? Simply because it’s not just the shape and the finish of the faucet that you need to consider when buying a new faucet. You need to know it’s “on center.” This is the number of holes in the sink and the distance between the leftmost hole’s center to the rightmost hole’s center. You need to ensure that you’re getting the right configuration.
Better yet, take the old faucet with you to show the pros at the store so they can assist you.
Get a Pro to Install a Wall-Mounted Faucet
If your faucet is directly attached to the wall behind your sink, it’s better to let a professional do the faucet replacement. It is because this style is more complicated, especially if you are shifting from a sink-mounted to a wall-mounted faucet as it requires opening up the wall and installing new water supply lines. That could also mean you’ll have to replace your old sink and countertop.
A faucet replacement, like other plumbing repairs, often requires the expertise of trained professionals. It may appear like a simple project that you can DIY, but many homeowners learn the hard way that it’s just easier and more convenient to call in some pros to do the job. The proves of faucet replacement involves tasks that are complicated and need skills and the use of special tools or equipment that you might not have. To save time and money, it’s better to entrust this project to a seasoned plumber.
If you need faucet replacement in Edmonton, Capital Plumbing and Heating can help you with that. Our team of experts can also take care of your plumbing, heating, and cooling needs, among others. Contact us today to learn more about our services!