Replacing A Faucet? What You Need To Do

Posted on: 24 October 2019

Whether your faucet is leaking, or you are just looking to replace your faucet because the old one is outdated, you can replace your faucet yourself with just a few tools. If you've never done it before, it can be a daunting task, but you can do it. If you just aren't up for the job, leave this replacement job to a professional plumber to ensure the job is done correctly. Read on for instructions and everything you need to know to get the job done.

Tools And Materials For The Job:

  • New faucet
  • Pipe wrench (adjustable)
  • Small screwdrivers
  • Rags
  • Bucket


  1. To start, make sure you choose the right style of faucet. Not all faucets are the same. You need to figure out what size you need to replace and how many holes your old faucet has. Replace it with a new faucet that is the same size and type. If you're investing in a new sink as well as a new faucet, then choose a faucet to match your new sink.
  2. Once you have your new faucet, turn the water off to your old faucet. The shutoff valve should be directly below your sink, or just near it. Turn it to the off position, then run the faucet to be sure all of the water is out of the lines.
  3. Begin taking the handles off of your faucet and taking apart the faucet fixture beneath your sink. You may need to use a pipe wrench to loosen it from the base of the sink. Adjust the wrench as needed to loosen the faucet. Place a bucket and rags beneath the sink just in case there is any water still in the lines.
  4. Pull the old faucet out of it's place carefully so you don't scratch up the sink. Also remove the drain stop in the basin of the sink by unscrewing the drain below the sink and removing the plug and the surround.
  5. Set the new faucet in it's place and begin bolting it in place. Attach the water lines to the new faucet and tighten everything to prevent it from leaking. 
  6. Finally, attach the drain surround and the new plug, and be sure the drain is attached to the drain pipe beneath the sink. Tighten the fixtures with the pipe wrench.
  7. Turn the water back on and test out your handy work.

If you are replacing a faucet in your home, it's not too difficult, but if you aren't sure about doing this type of work, leave it to a plumber, like Tonka  Plumbing Heating &  Cooling Inc.