Kitchen Faucet Removal: 4 Tips Kitchen Faucet Removal: 4 Tips
When undertaking a kitchen faucet removal, you need to be sure that you take specific precautions. Older faucets can pose problems if they have been in place for very long periods of time. Older work surfaces made from wood will be damp or aged to the point of being brittle, and removing a fixture that has been attached to it for many years can cause damage to the surrounding area.
Tip 1 – Water
Before you remove any kind of plumbed in fitting, always remember to shut the water off. In some older properties, there may not be any isolator valves under the sink, so you will need to locate the main stopcock valve and shut the entire water system off before you can proceed. If you property is newer, have a look under the sink and check that there are isolator valves under there. There should be one for the hot and cold faucets.
Tip 2 – Unscrewing from Underneath
The faucet will generally be held in place by a retainer nut. This nut can be tightened (or in this case loosened) with a plumbers wrench. When you loosen the nut, make sure you turn it the correct way. Loosen it slowly if it is a very old fixture. The last thing you will want to do is cause damage to the pipe it is attached to.
Tip 3 – Watch the Counter
After you have loosened the nut underneath the fixture, you will be able to twist the faucet and move it about. Do this carefully in case it has become adhered to the work surface. Plumber’s putty, which could be up to 50 years old, will become brittle but still difficult to remove. Some parts might stick to the work top and other parts to the faucet. Twist it slowly and remove with care. You can use a utility knife around the area to dislodge any extra firm adhesive which gets in your way. If you are not replacing the counter top, you will not want to damage it.
Tip 4 – Single or Double
Single faucets are removed by loosening the retaining nut on the pipe beneath the sink unit. If you have single faucets which do not have a mixer facility, you will have to take care when removing them separately. The same applies with mixer faucets. They will have a larger nut, which holds them in place. This nut usually helps to clamp the faucet in place and hold it tight to stop the whole item moving when you use the faucets. If the underside of the unit to which it is attached has become brittle and splintered, you can cause damage when removing it. Mind your fingers against any split timber.
Tip 5 – Laminate Surfaces
Older kitchen work tops were usually made from particle board covered in a laminated top like Formica, and over many years of use, the top of the Formica could easily have come away from the particle board backing. When removing a faucet, make sure you do so gently so that you take just the faucet with you and not half of the rotted work top.