Cleanliness is divine, as the paraphrased saying goes. And a properly working bathroom faucet is a good way to achieve this heavenly state. Sometimes, though, that old bathroom faucet can turn out to be more of a headache than its worth and may need to be removed.
Leaks and weak flow are just a few of the problems that a new faucet fixture will ease. If you're not particularly handy around the home, you may want to call in a pro for this job, as it is difficult, depending on space restrictions. On the other hand, if you're feeling up to the challenge and don't mind getting a little wet, the steps below will show you how to remove a bathroom faucet with relative ease!
First things first; if you're planning to remove a bathroom faucet, it's probably a good idea to shut off the water. Most sinks have shut off valves beneath them, but if not, you'll need to cut off the water from the main valve and your water heater valve (usually in the same room as your home's furnace).
Step 1: Remove mounting nuts
Although there are different ways that a faucet can attach to a sink, center set faucets (the most common faucet type) attach by large nuts that thread onto the faucet base. You'll need to remove these nuts before you can move the faucet.
Step 2: Break seal beneath base plate
After removing the mounting nuts that secure the faucet into place, you'll need to remove the plumber's putty or caulk that creates the water-tight seal between your sink and faucet. You can use a putty knife to break the seal around the edge of the base.
Step 3: Remove faucet and excess sealant
Once you break the seal, gently pull on the faucet. Be careful! The putty or caulk used in the primary installation has probably hardened; pulling too hard may damage your sink or countertop. If the faucet won't budge easily, take your putty knife and work it underneath the base plate, prying the faucet up as you move.
Now, remove the faucet by lifting it from its earlier resting place, but take care again not to yank, as your supply lines and waste lines will still be connected. Disconnect them and you're finished! If there is excess caulk or putty left, you can get it up with a wet, soft rag.
This job's level of difficulty depends on the type of sink you have. If you're not comfortable working with plumbing fixtures or in tight spaces, there is a professional plumber in Atlanta waiting to help you out.