Because the kitchen sink is one item of the home that gets a lot of use, it receives a lot of wear and tear. For this reason it is important that the kitchen sink drain is properly installed to avoid leaks. Installing a kitchen sink drain is fairly easy for homeowners and they can save money if they do the job correctly. If you feel comfortable installing a kitchen sink yourself, below you will find a list of tips on how to install kitchen sink drains. However, if you are not sure if you can install it correctly, it may be wise to call a professional plumber who can install it properly so you will not have to worry about leaks and any other problems.
The following is a list of helpful tips on how to install kitchen sink drains:
1. Before you begin the installing the drain you need to turn off the water. If you are installing a new sink drain, remove the old one first. Clean out the bottom of the sink with an old rag and sink cleaner. Clean the drain opening to make sure there is not any dirt, mould, or mildew remaining when you install the new drain.
2. Get your silicone caulk and caulking gun and cut the tip off of the caulk tube with scissors in a 45 degree angle. Take the drain flange and turn it over so that it is positioned bottom side up. Apply the caulk around
the underside of the drain flange.
3. Insert the drain flange into the opening of the drain. Slightly turn it in a clockwise direction so that the silicone caulk is properly distributed. Hold the flange in place for a few minutes to make sure it does not slip.
4. Go under the sink to install the sink basket. When inserting the sink basket, it is important to make sure that the basket is centered to avoid leaks. Insert the tailpiece into the bottom of the flange and then turn it in a clockwise direction so that it will properly thread in place. Add the nut and then tighten it. When you re-attach the P-trap, the “V” shaped washer must be pointed downward. Screw the pipe back into place and attach it to the bottom of the sink drain. The connections must be secure and tight. Adjust the extension on the drain to make sure it matches the basin of the sink.
Installing kitchen sink drains is an easy do-it-yourself project that most homeowners can do without professional assistance. However, if you run into problems or a few days after installation you discover a leak or other problem, you may want to call a professional plumber. As well, you can find drain kits at plumbing supply stores and hardware stores that come with all of the right parts and easy to follow directions. For those who are new to plumbing, these kits can be very helpful and make the job much easier.