How to Install a Widespread Bathroom Faucet Part 2 How to Install a Widespread Bathroom Faucet Part 2
Once the widespread bathroom faucet is set in place in the lavatory, the next step would be to connect it to the water supply. Here are the necessary steps for this process.
Step 1 – Install the Supply Tee
To install the supply tee, work under the lavatory and turn the shank nut onto the shank spout at about halfway up. Insert the metal washer through the shank and insert the rubber washer and plastic gasket through the supply tee. Tighten the supply tee on the spout shank using your hand. Make use of an adjustable wrench to tighten the supply tee further but not excessively. Make sure that the other parts of the supply tee that come with the package are also secured according to the manufacturer’s instruction.
Step 2 – Attach the Flexible Hoses
Two flexible hoses come with the widespread bathroom faucet package. Connect the right and left flexible hoses to the supply tee valves. Hand-tighten the hoses and use an adjustable wrench to tighten them further. Do not use any Teflon tape on the hose connections.
Step 3 – Connect the Supply Hoses
Connect the supply hoses to their corresponding water supply valves. Take note that water supply hoses for cold water are marked blue and hoses for hot water are marked red. Make sure that the connections are correct. If there are no indications whether a hose is for cold water or hot water, you'll have to resort to trial and error. Make certain that all connections are firmly tightened.
Step 4 – Flush out Excess Debris
Before using the widespread bathroom faucet, make sure that no debris is left inside the faucet. To do this, remove the aerator on the spout by turning it loose counterclockwise. Once the aerator is removed, turn on the water supply and the faucet. Allow water to flush any remaining debris inside the faucet. Put the aerator back into the spout. Also check if the hot and cold water supply valves are working properly. Inspect the valve connections if necessary.
Tips and Mistakes to Avoid
When installing new faucets, it is worth taking the time to inspect for any water leakage on the plumbing. Turn on the water supply and check if there are any leaks in the pipes leading to the bathroom. Make use of a pipe sealant to cover the leaks.
Another thing to consider when installing new faucets is not to over-tighten the nuts. Nuts are used to ensure connections between faucet parts. If the nuts are tightened excessively, they might break. As a tip, stop tightening the nut when it starts to draw tight. Do not exert too much energy when this point is reached.
The aerator on the spout gets clogged with debris coming from the water source after a long time of use. When this occurs, remove the aerator from the spout and clean the debris. Perform this check regularly to make sure that the faucet works efficiently.