A kitchen is a place where you and your family spend most of the time cooking, and preparing food is time consuming. Kitchen fittings are installed inside so that your space looks complete and useful. Sink is one such very essential fitting of the kitchen and it comes in different sizes and shapes. If you are planning to throw away your kitchen sink, installing a new one is a very tricky procedure. First of all consider whether the proportions of the new sink matches with the old one. If the new one is larger in size, you must ensure that your worktop is again recut to proper size so that it fits in seamlessly.
Taking off an old sink
The material used in constructing also determines the amount of labor or work involved. A stainless steel is lighter than a ceramic sink and you will need more helping hands while installing a heavy sink. It’s not recommended to settle for a low quality material because if you save money now, you might have to spend a lot of money in the long run. Read reviews before you purchase a new unit.
The difficulty in the level of installation also depends on the position of your cold and hot feed. If you are an expert, you might need specialist tools like a tube spanner. Incase you are not confident,it’s best to hire a specialist installation expert. There are web of pipes under kitchen sinks and you will also find valves that help to navigate. And most of the time the nuts are hidden by the sink basin and this makes it tricky for you to reach to the nuts. This is when you would need an expert.
Taking off old kitchen sink:
A new unit in your kitchen could render more efficiency and also improve the layout. There are two very essential procedures you need to perform before you take off the old sink:
- Turn off the cold and hot water supply
- Disconnect the waste pipe.
Once these steps are done, it’s easy to remove the sink.
Fitting a new sink
The first thing you need to do is cleaning the worktop sides and removing any old silicon or scum. It is primarily important to determine whether the hole is big for your new sink or not. If you find the hole smaller, turn the new sink in up-side down position and start drawing round the perimeter. This makes it easy for you to cut a new hole precisely. Once the hole is cut, mock up the sink that you are planning to fit prior to sealing, and this would ensure everything remains fine. There are different types of kitchen taps so you can fit the one you like. Sinks don’t come preconfigured with tap holes so you need to call a plumber to do that. It is always wise to call a professional plumber if you desire to fit a new ceramic sink in your kitchen. If you or any inexperienced person does it, there could be chances of the ceramic cracking and your sink would be ruined. After all these procedures are done, you can fit the sink in place.
The right fit
It is very important to get the fit of the sink very properly because you should not force the sink in the slot, neither it should be loose. It should fit just rightly and comfortably so that there won’t be any leaking issues. Incase of forcing a sink inside, the materials could get damaged and you would have to re-install. Measure the space available for the sink to fit so that there are no mistakes.
Buy an item that comes with warranty so that you can be confident about the quality and the after-sales service. Kitchen sinks are something you use everyday so durability is a top factor.