How To Replace Bathroom Sink Faucet

Do you ever have to deal with a flooded bathroom? Sometimes, the toilet will get backed up and flood the entire bathroom. Or maybe the bathtub overflows and water gushes out the faucet. There are lots of reasons why your bathroom sink drain might become blocked and need to be replaced. Fortunately, there are plenty of solutions to this problem! Before you call a plumber, check to make sure the faucet is the source of the problem. The usual suspects include showerheads, urinals, and kitchen faucets. But if none of these work, you may need to call in a professional. Read on to find out how to replace bathroom sink faucet.

Remove The Button 

Remove the Button of Bathroom sink faucet
Remove the Button 

To remove a toilet button, use a wrench on the threads on either side of the button. While the button is out, you can use a screwdriver to release the rest of the rim. Then unscrew the toilet to remove it.

When replacing a toilet button, make sure you get the same type of button. That’s installed on the plumbing. If the old button is leaking, the new one will probably leak as well. This means that the replacement button will probably have the same sort of leak.

If the button comes with housing, be sure to take that part out as well. It may be connected to the water supply line and bathroom floor drain. Disconnect the line and the trap before you replace the button.

Turn Off The Water Supply 

Turn Off the Water Supply of bathroom sink faucet
Turn Off the Water Supply 

If the source of the problem is a broken faucet or a shutoff valve, you can use a wrench to turn off the water supply to the entire house. Then you can replace the broken faucet or shutoff valve or call a professional to repair the entire plumbing system.

If the problem is a seepage somewhere connected to the water supply line, such as a water billy-cocktail pipe. You need to turn off the water supply to the house as well. This is because the seepage may be coming from the water billy-cocktail pipe and not the water supply line.

Disconnect The Supply Lines 

Disconnect The Supply Lines from Faucet
Disconnect The Supply Lines 

You’ll have to disconnect the supply lines from the faucet before you can replace it. This is usually done by removing the supply line-attaching hardware from the faucet body. Then you have to remove the faucet to replace it. This usually involves taking off the handle, filter, and spout.

Some faucets have a built-in wrench to remove the spout. If the spout comes off with the faucet, you can use that to remove the rest of the faucet. This is usually done by unscrewing the spout and then prying it off with a replacement spout or pipe wrench.

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Drain Remove The P-Trap

Drain Remove the P-Trap
Drain Remove the P-Trap 

If you have to replace a faucet that blocks the drain, first unplug the trap. You can do this by removing the trap-mounted wrench. Then you have to remove the old drain and replace it with a new one. This usually involves taking off the old drain and installing a new one, one piece at a time.

Newer toilets usually have a self-cleaning feature that keeps the bowl clean by flushing away the used-up toilet paper rolls. Turn off this feature when you’re not using the toilet.

If the problem is water leaking from beneath the vanity or toilet, you need to check for a blockage in the waterline. A water billy cocktail pipe can become blocked. When the toilet is clogged or the bowl is not flushed properly after use. This can happen when things like hair, makeup, and other personal hygiene. Products are left in the toilet bowl or the vanity.

Disconnect The Drain 

Disconnect The Drain 
Disconnect The Drain 

If your bathroom drain is a buried pipe, you’ll have to unclog it by hand. If you don’t want to call a professional, you can perform this task yourself. A buried pipe needs to be flushed with a plunger or heavy-duty snake, among other things. If you’re not comfortable with using a snake or plumber’s hammer, you may want to call a professional to help you out.

You need to unclog it by using a plunger, a garden hose, or another method. If your bathtub or toilet is clogged. If your kitchen sink drain is clogged, you can try using baking soda and vinegar, but be careful not to let anything get in the drain and make it worse.

Clean Up Around The Old Drain

Clean Up Around the Old Drain
Clean Up Around the Old Drain

When a toilet starts to leak, it’s usually because a piece of plumbing behind it got clogged. It could be a buildup of hair, soap scum, or other debris. At this point, it’s not just the toilet that needs to be replaced. The pipe that brought water into the house also needs to be replaced.

Cleaning up around the old bathroom drain is important before you begin the replacement process. Depending on the type of pipe, you may be able to trace the original pipe back to the house. If the pipe is fiberglass, you can often see the remains of the original pipe behind the toilet. If the pipe is iron, you’ll have to remove the toilet to find the pipe’s origin back in the wall.

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Remove The Old Handle

Remove The Old Handle
Remove The Old Handle

If the old tub or toilet handle is rusty or broken, you can replace it with a new one. Before you use a plumber’s putty to fill in the rough spots, sand it down using a Terrazzo or fine-grit sandpaper. Then apply a sealer to protect the putty from getting scuffed up by feet and other objects.

To replace the old handle, unscrew the old one and then remove the old one. Put the new handle in place and then screw the old one back in place under the sink.

Pull Off The Faucet Handle 

Pull off the Faucet Handle 
Pull off the Faucet Handle 

To remove a faucet handle, unscrew it and then take the old handle out. Then use a wrench to turn off the water supply to the house. Next, remove the old handle and place it in a plastic bag to prevent moisture from getting into the metal parts.

Attach a hose to the garden or house hose and run it under the house while you wait for the water to stop flowing. Turn off the water supply to the house while you work on the handle.

Exposed The Cartridge 

If you’re replacing a low-flow toilet or installing a low-flush toilet, you need to be completely aware of where the water lines are and what they look like. Low-flow toilets use less water per flush, while low-flush toilets flush less often. To find out what type of low-flow toilet you have, call your local hardware or plumbing supply store.

To replace an old toilet, use the old mounting hardware and old toilet installation instructions. If the old toilet was installed with a bracket, be sure to remove it before you replace it. Then use the new bracket and installation instructions to connect the new toilet to the plumbing.

To find the right toilet or low-flow fixtures, look for toilets that are 2 or 3 times as powerful as the old toilet. This will save you money in the long run by using less water.

Install The New Faucet 

Install the New Faucet 
Install the New Faucet 

Now that you’ve identified the source of the old bathroom sink faucet, it’s time to replace it. It’s usually a good idea to replace the bathroom sink faucet in pairs so you can check the operation of the new unit and make sure it’s working properly before you connect the plumbing back to the house.

If your new faucet is an exact replacement, you won’t be able to see the original pipe behind the toilet. In that case, you’ll want to use a snake-style plumber’s string to check the location of the original pipe. If you see the remains of the pipe behind the toilet, you can usually clean it up with a wire brush and clean water. While you’re at it, you may want to clean up the old toilet to make room for the new one.

Final Thought 

Now that you’ve replaced your old bathroom sink faucet, you should pay attention to any other leaking or slow-moving fixtures in the bathroom. A clogged toilet is a perfect example. If the toilet is clogged and water is gushing out of the sink. It could be a sign that the sewer line is backed up and flowing through your bathroom. In that case, your sewer line needs to be flushed out. If not, your new bathroom sink faucet is probably going to sound a lot louder than the old one.

You may also want to cover the handle of the old bathroom sink faucet in order to keep your hands out of the water while you’re working. When you replace your bathroom sink faucet, be sure to connect the new unit to the same wall outlet as your old unit. If your new unit is on a separate wall, you’ll have to purchase a separate faucet wrench just to connect the new one to the existing one.

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