Installing a kitchen faucet can be an afternoon home improvement project that raises the value of your kitchen as well as helps squelch pesky under the sink leaks. Most leaks around your sink area begin with the faucet, so keeping a handle on the spigot will certainly keep the drops under the sink at bay.
Step 1 Shut Off Water Source: Begin by shutting off the water source. Many kitchens have water shut off valves under the sink. If yours does not, go to the main water meter of the home and a shut off is available there. Turning the water off is necessary to obtain a proper seal around the faucet and water lines.
Step 2 Removal of the Faucet: Removal of the old faucet will require a pipe wrench to loosen the large nuts under the faucet. This is located under the sink. After unscrewing the faucet, also use the pipe wrench to unscrew the water lines leading up to the faucet. Once the nuts are removed and the water lines disconnected, you can pull the original faucet from the top of the sink effortlessly.
Step 3 Prepare the Area: Clean the area, as buildup will be on the sink under the old faucet. Using a bleach mixture will certainly clear the germs, but be sure it is wiped up before you crawl back under. Any drips can easily land in your eye, making a seamless faucet repair turn into an Emergency Room visit.
Step 4 Setting the Faucet: Set the faucet on top of the sink, lining the new water lines up with the existing holes in your sink top. Once you have assured it is a good fit, lift the faucet up and place a silicone caulk around the base of the faucet. This will create a water tight seal when the faucet is installed.
Step 5 Connecting: Back under the sink; tighten the nuts on the faucet bottom to secure it in place to the sink top. Screw the new water lines back in place, being certain not to cross the hot and cold lines. Tighten them down to prevent leaks.
Step 6 Check Your Work: Lastly, turn the water valve back on and test your new faucet. Check under the sink for any leaks or drips. If you do encounter them, follow the source and be sure that the joint is tightened. A silicone tape around the threads of the water hose helps to make a tighter seal if needed.
Step 7 Enjoy: Now, enjoy your new faucet and a leak free sink!