Deciding whether to have a single-handled or a double-handled faucet is really a matter of preference. One type of faucet is not necessarily better than the other. Some prefer the ease of use of a single-handle faucet for the kitchen. However, we often hear from homeowners looking for a different bathroom faucet style.
Thankfully, replacing a single handled-faucet with a double-handled faucet or vice versa is not too difficult—especially for an experienced plumber. Almost all modern bathroom sinks come standard with three holes for faucet installation. A single handled faucet has a faceplate that simply stretches across to cover the other two holes that aren’t in use. So, you can replace a single-handled faucet with a double-handled faucet or go the other way around, but can you do it on your own? We’ll detail some of the steps below, but for more information, contact our local plumbers in San Dimas, CA.
The Steps Involved in Replacing a Sink Faucet
Tackling this as a DIY project? Make sure you have all the supplies:
- Adjustable wrench
- Pipe wrench
- A set of screwdrivers
- Plumber’s putty
- Lubricating oil
- Bucket and towels
- Flashlight and safety goggles
Here are the general steps you’ll need to go through to replace any sink.
- Shut off the water supply lines and open the faucet to relieve any remaining water pressure.
- Use an adjustable wrench to disconnect the supply lines underneath the sink that run from the hot and cold lines. (Use the bucket underneath the valves to catch water in the valves.)
- Remove the faucet supply lines from the connection to your faucets. The tools you’ll need for this task depend on the type of faucet you have now. With single handled faucets, supply lines are bunched together with mounting hardware that slides off once unscrewed. Otherwise, you’ll need a wrench to detach each faucet connection.
- Next, remove the mounts keeping the faucet in place. To do so, you’ll first need to remove some nuts, which can be difficult in a tight space. For this, you may need a basin wrench. Then, unscrew mounting hardware, using lubricating oil to loosen it up if needed.
- Put the new sink into place. You may need to apply plumbers putty first.
- Make sure the sink is lined up into place before anchoring it with nuts on the hot and cold faucet connections. Remember that, while lines are bunched together with a single-handled faucet, they will be separate for a double-handled faucet.
- Reconnect the hot and cold water supply lines before turning the water back on and flushing out the lines before you use the sink again.
Should You Call a Plumber?
These steps outline the process but may not provide a clear guide depending on the unique layout of your sink. There are several benefits to calling a plumber rather than taking on the job on your own.
- Plumbers already have the right tools for the job, including pipe cutters just in case.
- If you do the job incorrectly, you may need to call in a plumber anyway, at an even greater cost. It’s better to see that it’s done right the first time around.
- Plumbers have enough experience to complete the job quickly.
Call Ace Pelizon Plumbing today. World class service is just around the corner! We offer bathroom plumbing services in San Dimas, CA.