• Replacing a Leaky Bathroom Sink Faucet


    When a bathroom faucet begins to leak, it’s probably time to replace the entire fixture. The leak is annoying.
    If there is rust in your water, the constant drip will eventually cause rust stains in your sink.
    Finally, a surprisingly large amount of water can be lost through a steady leak, and if your water is metered, this might cost you $100 per month or more just in wasted water. Even if the sink isn’t leaking, maybe you simply want to update your bathroom with an attractive new faucet?
    While you could call a plumber to replace the fixture, it’s one of the easier DIY home improvements for those who want to save money on projects around the house. If you have an hour to spare, maybe slightly more if you haven’t done this before.

    Bathroom Faucet Replacement Tips and Resources

    In this home remodeling guide, we cover the basics of replacing a sink faucet. You’ll find tips for doing it yourself. Even if you hire a plumber for the job, the tips will give you an understanding of the scope of the work so you can discuss it with plumbers in an informed manner.

    Sink faucet replacement costs are also included to help you make the decision whether to attempt it yourself or make a phone call to a plumber.
    Finally, helpful resources are provided at the end. The links take you to pages with excellent information including step-by-step faucet replacement instructions and videos.
    Bathroom room sink replacement is quite similar to kitchen sink faucet replacement and if you can do one, you should be able to do the other.

    Here’s a look at what needs to be done to successfully replace a sink faucet in your bathroom. As you shop for a replacement, consider that a faucet is designed to last 10 to 20 years, so spending a bit more on a high-quality faucet with a design you like will be worth it in the long run.

    • The first step is to turn off the water, and valves are typically found under the sink
    • When the water is off, turn on the faucet to relieve water pressure in the lines
    • Have a bucket handy to catch water still in the lines
    • You might also want to clear out the area under the sink to make it easier to work there and to keep the contents from getting wet
    • Use an adjustable wrench to disconnect the cold water and hot water supply lines
    • Have the bucket ready, and drain the supply lines into the bucket
    • Use a basin wrench to remove the large nuts that secure the faucet to the sink, and remove the faucet
    • Disconnect the rod to the sink drain
    • Remove the drain next by loosening the nut, and dump the water in the trap into the bucket which should be located below the drain
    • Before installing the new faucet, clean the area where it will sit on the sink with mineral spirits that is useful in removing caulk
    • Review the instructions for the new faucet, and follow them carefully during installation
    • Start by adding the gasket, if one is required
    • Place the water lines through the mounting holes, and secure the faucet to the sink using the large nuts included
    • When re-installing the drain, you may have to adjust the nut on it to fit the new sink’s drain attachment
    • Re-install the drain rod, and make the connection to the drain
    • Now it’s time to reconnect the hot and cold water supply lines to the new faucet, and once that is done, your leaky faucet problems are behind you
    • While you are there you should see if there are any drain clogs that need to be cleared.

    Bathroom Faucet Replacement Costs

    The price of a new faucet can be as low as $25 and as high as $300 or more, depending on your tastes and the quality you want for your bathroom.

    DIY Bathroom Faucet Replacement: If you have the tools, your cost can be zero. Here’s a list of the tools you’ll need and their prices.

    • Adjustable wrench: $10 to $35 depending on quality
    • 2-gallon bucket: $2 to $5
    • Tube of silicone caulk: $4 to $7

    Professional Bathroom Faucet Replacement: Most plumbers won’t come to your home for less than $100, but $125 to $200 is the average. An experienced handyman might do the work for about half that cost, and the job isn’t extremely complicated.

    Saving Money on your Faucet Replacement

    If you do the work yourself, the best way to save money is by borrowing tools you need. When hiring a professional to replace your faucet, call a few plumbers to get prices. Most have set rates for common plumbing repairs such as faucet replacement, or they can at least give you a ballpark figure to consider.

    Faucet Replacement Resources

    These links will take you to information you’ll find helpful whether you replace your own faucet or hire a professional to do the work.

    The Kitchn – This page offers a step-by-step guide to replacing faucets.

    Eye Handy – Here’s a fun video the guys will enjoy on a page that also includes a tools list.


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