Dripping water, leaking valves jammed outlets are some of the common problems of faucets. But, unfortunately, it can be your washroom, kitchen, restroom, and faucets that can start to cause problems anytime.
It is not possible to call a professional plumber now and then either to save on the service charges or due to their non-availability at the time of crisis. So what does one do in these types of situations? Well, it is best to master the tips and tricks of replacing the bathroom faucets to replace them without any outside them. However, simple things like replacing the bathroom faucets can be done without much effort and let us discuss how one can replace them.
Know your faucet
Before you replace your bathroom faucet, it is best to know a bit about them. If you are using a Matte black bathroom faucet, find out if it is a single-hole faucet, centre-set faucet, center spread faucet or some other type like the widespread or split-set faucet. It is best to peep under the bathroom sink or the washbasin and find out the design.
Each of these types of faucets fits differently. For example, the single-hole faucet is ideal for bathroom sinks with a single hole. Again, the centre-set or the centre-spread faucets are ideal for bathroom sink or washbasin with three holes with a four-inch gap. They generally come with an escutcheon plate linking or something like a cover. Similarly, if your bathroom sink is big enough, it may have a huge sink fitted with a widespread faucet with six inches or more holes. If one looks from the above, it will resemble three independent faucets with separate handles.
The tools required to replace the faucets
Before replacing the bathroom faucets, one should have the proper tools to work. Using improper tools can damage the faucet or the pipeline ends, invite more trouble, and call a professional plumber. Therefore, make sure you have the following tools and some scrubbers’ before beginning your work.
- An adjustable wrench – An adjustable wrench is of utmost importance to dismantle a defective faucet and fix a new faucet to the bathroom sink. It is needed to unscrew the nuts of the pipes and faucets ends to disconnect and reconnect the water source.
- A hexagonal range - The bottom of the faucet is fixed with the sink using mounting nuts. Typically they are hexagonal. If the mounting nuts are made from plastic, then one can open them with bare hands. However, often they are made from steel or brass ad may need a hexagonal range to unscrew and screw the faucet end from and to the sink.
- A screwdriver – One should always keep a screwdriver in their toolbox. Nobody can say when they may be required. They are one of the most used common tools used in any household. They may be required to adjust the top screw of the stop-valve.
- Few flexible connecting pipes - One of the hazards of any repairing or replacement is the malfunctioning of other parts or areas. Although you are replacing the bathroom faucet, the connecting pipes may get damaged while disconnecting them though they were working fine when not disturbed.
- A grinding file – Nobody can say when they will be required. Although every product is manufactured as per standard specifications, sometimes they give teething problems. A grinding file works fine for smoothening the connecting ends or other unnecessary bumps at the base of the faucet to make it sit straight.
- Some scrubbers and detergent - No matter how clean your bathroom and the sink maybe, you may find dirt or water stains on the sink when you dismantle the faucet from the sink. Sometimes the rubber gaskets, if any, also stick to the sink after removing the faucets. A scrubber and detergent will help you clean the sink area under the faucet that is otherwise impossible to clean in an ordinary course of use.
Selecting a replacement faucet for your bathroom
When you have made arrangements for the required tools and are mentally prepared to replace your bathroom faucets, it is time to have them in hand. First, peep under the bathroom sink and look at the existing faucets. Next, look at the type of faucets used in the sinks and the number of end connections per the number of holes in your sink. There are many online and offline stores are selling a variety of faucets. Before you order the Matte black bathroom faucet, read the reviews about the performance. Then, look at the price, the availability of your desired faucet. Compare the price of various brands and then seal the deal. One can buy the faucets online or offline as per their choice. Start replacing your defective faucet as soon as the replacement is in your hand. However, if you change the entire countertop or the sink, choose the faucet as per the number of holes on it.
Beginning to replace
Before you start replacing your Matte black bathroom faucet, it is vital to disconnect the main water supply. Look under your sink. You can usually find the stop valve under the sink before the connecting pipes of the faucets. Sometimes the connection is direct, and the stop valve is attached to the primary water source of your bathroom and located at the outer walls. Find it out and shut it off. If you have separate lines for hot and cold water, then shut off both the valves. After closing the stop valves, un-tap your faucets and drain out the residual waters in the pipe and avoid making the floor messy. You can also place a bucket under the sink to collect the residual water.
- Disconnect the connecting pipes – Take the adjustable wrench and attach it with the nut of the connecting rod fixed with the faucet inlet. Unscrew the nut by rotating the wrench. If you have multiple connections, then detach all the nuts connected with the faucet ends. If you have not disconnected the connecting pipes for a long time, it might be a bit jammed, and you need to put some pressure on the wrench to rotate the nut. If the nut is rusted, it is best to spray a rust remover spray, wait for few minutes and then unscrew the nut. However, do not put too much pressure; else, your porcelain or glass countertop or sink may crack, or the metal sink may get dents.
- Unscrewing the mounting nuts – After disconnecting the connecting pipe of the supply line, it is time to unscrew the mounting nuts that hold the faucet to the sink or the countertop. If they are made of plastic, it is easy to unscrew them holding the wings on them. However, if they are made from metal, one may need a hexagonal wrench to unscrew them. Unscrew all the mounting nuts attached to the faucet inlets.
- Disconnecting the lift rod and taking out the faucet– Some faucets have lift rods connected to the drain. Check your faucet and if they have a lifting rod connected to the drain, disconnect the same. As everything has been disconnected, it is time to lift the faucet with both hands. Make sure o pull them up vertically; else, they may damage the rounded ends of the holes.
- Cleaning the sediments – after you remove the faucet from the sink, you can see water stains and other dirt clinging to the sink in that was under the faucet base. Use any detergent or rubbing alcohol to remove them. If they are too sticky or hard to remove, then use a scrubber. Your old faucet may have a gasket, and they often stick on the sink with time. Remove them with the help of a scrubber.
- Attaching the new faucet - Take the new Matte black bathroom faucet that you have purchased as a replacement. Hold it with both hands and put the screwing ends through the hole or the holes. If it had come with a rubber or neoprene gasket, insert the same at the base of the faucet and then only slide the screwing ends through the holes. The gasket helps to have a firm grip on the top of the sink or washbasin.
- Screwing the mounting nut – Use the same technique you used while unscrewing the mounting nuts for screwing them again. Turn the nuts by hand or with a hexagonal wrench until they are firmly fixed with the bottom wall of the sink or washbasin and the faucet is not having any movement. Now connect the lift rod.
- Reconnecting the connecting pipes – After the faucet is firmly fixed with the washbasin in your bathroom, it is time to reconnect the connecting pipes attached to the supply line. Use the adjustable wrench to reconnect them. It is best to replace old or somewhat weak connecting rods to avoid any leakage shortly.
As the above processes of replacing your old faucet with a new Matte black bathroom faucet, it is time to unscrew the stop valve so that water can flow and reach the faucet. Check for any leakage. Now turn on the faucet handles to full and check the water flow. If it is too fast or overflowing, adjust the flow with the stop valves. Your replacement task is complete.