February 26th 2021
Valleyshore Plumbing & Heating is based in Langley and provides plumbing and heating services throughout the Lower Mainland. Whether you need maintenance, inspections, or have an emergency that needs fixing right now, Valleyshore has the plumbing expertise to get the job done. If it’s advice you’re looking for, we have that too. One of the questions we often get asked from handy folks that would rather not call in the experts unless they have to is: Can I install a kitchen faucet myself? The short answer is, YES. Read on if you’d like some more details.
Upgrading your kitchen faucet is a great way to update and improve the functionality of your kitchen. The process involved is fairly straightforward with the toughest part often being the removal of the old tap. If all goes well, you’ll be washing dishes with a shiny new faucet in no time. When selecting your new faucet, check to see how many “holes” your existing faucet is using and select a new faucet of the same type. Typical faucets take 3 holes, but there are many options.
Chances are your new faucet comes with a handy dandy set of directions. Read it over thoroughly before you begin, making note of any special parts or tools you must pick up from the hardware store before you start taking things apart. A few things you may need are shutoff valves, supply tubes, pipe and tool cutters, and a basin wrench.
Have your tools handy as well as towels to soak up any leaks and a shallow pan to catch any water. A flashlight will also be handy.
Clear out whatever products are under the sink. If there is an electrical outlet beneath the sink, turn off the power before removal of the old faucet.
Shut off the hot and cold water supply valves by turning them clockwise. Remember, lefty loosey, righty tighty. If you don’t have any supply valves installed, you’ll have to shut off the water to the entire house while you complete your project. Once the water is turned off, open the faucet handles to relieve the pressure in the lines.
Pitfalls include corroded pipes, hard-to-reach nuts, and difficulty accessing the fittings, but once you’ve got that part handled, you’re on your way. Before disconnecting the drain lines, grab your phone and snap a picture so you can easily see how to put it all back together. Now you’re ready to install your new faucet.
Make sure to follow any pre-assembly instructions first and then place the flange over the faucet opening. Check that the operation of the faucet is correct (to make you haven’t put it on backward) and thread the feeder lines through the flange and sinkholes. Slip-on the washer and tighten the faucet-mounting nut from below. Then, finger tighten the flange nuts under the sink and check that everything lines up above and below. Now you’ll need to attach the spray hose to the faucet supply tube. Don’t forget to mark the supply lines where you want to trim them. Remember, you can only cut once. It’s now time to connect the supply tube to the supply lines. Close the valve, turn on the main water valve and check for leaks. Now turn on the faucet and again check for leaks. Make sure there is a pan below just in case. It’s time to reassemble the garbage disposer, P-traps, and drain lines. You’re almost done.
With most faucets, not all the holes are covered, so you’ll either need to place a blank insert in the hole or use the extra hole for a liquid soap dispenser. To avoid this, check to see what type of faucet you have existed in the countertop before you select your new faucet.
This is by no means a comprehensive guide to kitchen faucet installation, but we hope it helps you get started. If you run into troubles, have more in mind than just a faucet replacement, or would rather leave the job to the pros, contact our Langley plumber today. We’re here to help.