Though a tap installation isn’t as complex when compared to other plumbing works, those without any plumbing experience may still find it hard to do. Thus, in this article, we’ve broken the faucet installation process into six easy steps for your convenience. By following them, you can avoid common tap replacement mistakes and the need to contact a professional plumber to assist you. Moreover, you’ll be able to ensure that your tap works as efficiently as possible.
Tools Which You’ll Need For Your Tap Installation
Before doing a plumbing installation for your tap, make sure to prepare the following tools:
- Measuring Tape: This is needed to estimate the length between your kitchen or bathroom faucet and the supply lines.
- Silicone Sealant: This acts as a waterproof seal to connect all the faucet joints together.
- Basin Wrench: This tool enables you to remove and tighten mounting nuts under the sink which are otherwise unreachable by hand.
- Supply Lines: These are needed to ensure that your tap properly releases water. So before replacing your tap, make sure that the ones you have are in optimal condition and are durable enough to last over the long term.
- Rotary/Oscillating Tool: This tool resembles a cutting blade or disc and is needed to cut the metal portions of your tap in case the fixtures are tightened too hard to remove.
- Screwdriver: This enables you to easily remove any tightened nuts or fixtures from the body of your bathroom or kitchen faucet.
Now that you know which tools to prepare, you can now explore the following steps on how to easily do a tap installation.
Step 1: Remove Your Existing Faucet
If you intend to replace an existing kitchen faucet or bathroom faucet, make sure to first detach it from its body. To do this, unscrew the nuts, pop-up drain, as well as any other components attached. If you find your faucet parts difficult to detach, then you can try cutting their surrounding metal using a rotary or oscillating tool. This may be necessary if your tap has been in service for a long time or if it has accumulated mould, limescale, or rust.
Step 2: Apply Silicone Caulking To Your New Tap
Well-respected faucet brands will usually include a fail safe to prevent water accumulation. To be sure, however, it’s best to apply some silicone caulking around your tap’s edges. This will also ensure that your faucet stays in place during the tap replacement process. In case too much silicone is applied, simply wipe it off with mineral spirits and a paper towel.
Step 3: Upgrade Your Existing Supply Lines
Supply lines are usually the most delicate to attach when installing a faucet since any misstep can lead to a water leak. Fortunately, most modern supply lines are more durable compared to old models and so using them will provide you with much needed convenience.
When buying supply lines, make sure to use a measuring tape to accurately estimate their length. If you feel they’re too short for your water tap, you can lengthen them using extensions which you can buy from your nearest hardware store.
Step 4: Tighten Any Loose Water Valves
To prevent any plumbing leaks around your tap, don’t forget to tighten all loose water valves. However, make sure not to tighten them too hard so as to prevent the shutoff valve from remaining permanently open.
Step 5: Detach The Aerator
Next, make sure that your new tap’s aerator is detached. This is to prevent it from collecting any debris and minerals which may be released during the tap installation process. Otherwise, common faucet problems such as a water tap flow may occur.
Step 6: Check For Any Signs of Water Leaks
For the last step, turn on your water supply and check for any water leaks around your newly installed tap. Should any faucet leaks be present, simply refer to the previous steps to enable your tap to function properly.
After knowing the tools and steps required, you can now ensure that your tap is installed easily. In addition, you’ll be able to fulfill your washing and bathing needs without any difficulty as well as avoid problems such as a leaking tap.
In case you continue to experience difficulty installing your tap, don’t hesitate to contact Everyworks Singapore for assistance. Through our professional tap and faucet services, we can ensure that your faucet is installed efficiently for your convenience.
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This article is reproduced from Tap & Faucet City Singapore.