Many prefer floor sinks over wall mounted sinks these days. Floor sinks or pedestal sinks provide a much more elegant look to a bathroom. This kind of sink is more striking than other kinds and they don’t occupy too much cabinet space. For those who want to decorate their bathrooms, using a floor sink can do the trick. This unique characteristic of floor sinks makes it a popular choice for guest bathrooms. Installation is rather tricky since the piping needs to be accurately positioned but with a good installation guide, floor sink installation is easy.
Step 1: Take Precautionary Measures
Just like with any home improvement project, the necessary precautions should be taken first. For instance, when installing floor sinks, the water supply should be turned off. Not turning the water supply off can waste water resources and can only lead to problems. It’s also best to check areas where water flows. These areas should be marked for later reference. Make sure that components of the wall mounted sink are taken down or are tailored to fit the new installation. Check with the diagram and specifications of the floor sink before doing anything to the existing wall mounted sink.
Step 2: Check Plumbing
The plumbing should have an accurate position. The floor sink should be placed in front of the plumbing. This will also help hide the pipes and avoid any danger. Exposed pipes are not aesthetically striking. The most suitable place for the drain pipe is to be in the middle of the floor sink. If this is not possible, re-doing the drain pipe is highly recommended.
Step 3: Prepare the Water Piping
There are accurate measures that should be followed when dealing with water piping. The distance of the water piping to the drain pipe should be no less than three or four inches to the right. A sample set up is measuring 3 to 4 inches of the hot water pipe on the right and then another 3 to 4 inches of the cold water pipe on the left. The set up is also possible vice versa.
Step 4: Floor Sink Installation
The floor sink can now be installed. Most floor sink packages come with the manufacturer’s instructions. These instructions serve as a guide for the installation process. There are instances wherein one floor sink requires a different installation from another. The difference comes from the bracket of the floor sink. The bracket essentially helps position the floor sink securely on the wall. It also helps support the thin base of the sink to hold up the bulky upper part.
Step 5: Fit the Plumbing
The plumbing should be hooked up. With careful consideration to the instructions provided, attaching the sink to the plumbing should be no problem. A screwdriver and a wrench are necessary in this step. Make sure that the position of the drain pipe is followed from the instructions earlier.
Step 6: Test the Floor Sink
Test the hot and cold water taps and allow water to flow through the sink to see if there are any problems.