Failsafe Sink Installation: Avoid the Pitfalls

Failsafe Sink Installation: Avoid the Pitfalls

Are you having problems with your sink? You might want to replace your sink to remedy these issues, or you might just be interested in adding a new design element. No matter what your reason for replacing your sink may be, installation is a process that could go wrong if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Problems During Sink Installation

Here are some of the common problems that you may encounter when you’re trying to replace your sink without professional help.

  • Use caulk as a sealant when you’re done getting the sink in place. You might be eyeing up that plumber’s putty on sale at your local home improvement store, but the fact is that putty tends to dry and crack over time. Caulk doesn’t have this problem.
  • Always measure before you buy a sink. This is a simple mistake, but failing to take the time to measure the cutout for your sink before you purchase and place a replacement can lead to big problems. A hole that’s too big for the sink that you’ve chosen will leave unsightly gaps on the sides.
  • Test the shutoff valves before you complete a sink installation. Water may leak out of the faucet for a minute after you turn the shutoff valves, but leaking that extends beyond a couple of minutes indicates that your valves aren’t working. If your shutoff valves are leaking, you’ll have to purchase replacements.
  • Corrosion causes a big problem when you’re dealing with the pipes leading to your sink. The good news is that plastic couplings can be used with an adapter and some cement to bypass the problem.

Professional Sink Replacement

You can handle sink installation on your own if you follow the tips listed above, but do you really want to deal with the hassle? A better solution is to hire a professional plumber with experience in installing sinks of all shapes or sizes. Contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractor to schedule an appointment to have your sink installed by a friendly, efficient professional who has the skills, tools and knowledge needed to get the job done right.

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