Choosing the Right Type of Sink

If you are looking to replace your kitchen sink, then you need to first do some groundwork before you even get to the point of actually installing that sink.

First of all, you need to decide what type of kitchen sink you want to install. Here is a list of the most popular sinks in the market.

  1. 1.The drop-in kitchen sink can easily be installed on most kitchen countertops.
  2. 2.The undermount kitchen sink is installed directly under your counter and creates sleek and seamless look. The undermount sink also makes it easier to clean your countertops since you can simply push the dirt into the sink directly.
  3. 3.The apron kitchen sink, also known as the farmhouse sink, goes beyond the edge of your countertop and is used in rustic interiors.
  4. 4.Stainless steel kitchen sinks are easy to install and very light. Steel kitchen sinks tend to be noisier than other types of sinks but offer stain and heat resistance.

Other types of kitchen sinks include the bar sink, corner sink (which is always installed as a double sink kitchen), granite composite sink, cast iron sink, kitchen island sink, sink with drainboard, fireclay sink, single bowl sink and top mount kitchen sink. Steps to Installing a Kitchen Sink

Now that you have an insight into the different types of sinks, here is how you can install one.

1. Taking the Right Measurements

First measure the kitchen sink you currently have. You also need to know exactly where the sink drain is located. If the new sink measures differently and its drain locations are different, then you will also need to make changes to the opening on your countertop and also alter the plumbing.

2. What Else are You Installing?

This is the perfect time to decide whether you want to replace only the sink, or all kitchen sink accessories. Accessories include faucets, sprayers, soap dispensers, hot and cold water taps and a tap for filtered water. Additional accessories are the kitchen sink strainer and the kitchen sink filter. New faucet installation or the installation of other accessories is best done when the new sink is being installed.

3. Take Pictures of Kitchen Sink Plumbing Configuration

Before you start dismantling your kitchen sink, take a picture of the plumbing configuration. This will be of immense help later when you have to reconnect everything.

4. Shutting off the Water Supply

Another step you need to complete before you start taking things apart is to shut off the water supply. The shutoff valves are usually located in the kitchen sink cabinet or sometimes in the basement. If you can’t find these valves, it is best to shut off the main water supply line to your home. Once water supply has been shut off, the supply lines can be disconnected from the faucet.

5. Disconnecting All Devices

If your kitchen sink has a garbage disposer, then you need to turn off its circuit, unplug it, disconnect the P-trap and the drainpipe from the drain and ensure you place a bucket to catch any leftover water. Follow the manufacturers instructions to remove the garbage disposer. If you have a dishwasher, then its drain line needs to be disconnected too.

6. Removing the Sink

Loosen the metal clips around the edges of the sink under the counter. Then, remove the caulk around the sink with a knife and then push the sink up from under the counter and remove it.

7. Removing Grime

Before you install the new sink, remove all the grime, putty and caulk completely. Clean everything that you are planning to reinstall and finish all sink plumbing repair work now.

8. Installing the New Sink

Each type of sink needs to be installed differently, so here we will focus on how to install a mounted sink. Here is how:

  1. Ensure that the kitchen sink fits perfectly. If not, then you will need to user a tile cutter to make the hole on the countertop bigger.
  2. Fix the clips to the edges of the sink and ensure that they are facing inwards towards the kitchen bowl.
  3. Install the accessories.
  4. Put a small amount of plumber’s putty around the kitchen sink strainer and install it. Ensure that you press down hard so that the strainer fits properly.
  5. Fix the rubber gaskets as well as the threaded flanges to the underside of the drain.
  6. Use a soft towel to remove the excess putty from the drain.
  7. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to reinstall the garbage disposer.
  8. Lower the sink into the hole on the counter top after applying silicon sealant to its edges. Tighten the clips under the sink.
  9. Reattach the water lines and re-fix the dishwasher drain pipe.
  10. Put back the P-trap and the disposer’s discharge pipe.
  11. Line the perimeter of the newly installed sink with sealant.
  12. Turn on the water and power supply to the sink and the disposer and check for any leaks or problems.