How to Remove Sink Drain?

How to Remove Sink Drain?

Having some trouble with your drain making your place stink.  Are you hesitating in using the sink due to unsanitary condition or slow drainage?. Don’t worry we have got you covered. All you need is some tools and time to follow the steps patiently and get rid of that stinking drain as soon as possible.

How to Remove Sink Drain

Tools Required

  1. Adjustable Wrench
  2. Channel Lock Pliers
  3. Penetrating Oil
  4. Putty Knife
  5. Damp cloth and old towels

 

Also read: How Long Does Plumber’s Putty Take To Dry?

 

Steps to Remove Single-Handle Faucet

  1. Clear the space under the sink and place a tray or a bucket to catch the excess water falling.

Keep old towels in handy to absorb any spills.

  1. Shut the valves off to the hot and cold water lines. Turn on the faucet to drain the excess water.
  2. Loose the nut holding located under the sink by turning in counter- clockwise direction and lift the rod holding the top of the strap.

In case the drain is spinning with nut, insert a pair of needle nose pliers or wrench in the sink to hold it still.

  1. Use the adjustable wrench to disconnect the water lines and faucet.

You can use flexible supply lines again.

  1. Locate the mounting nut underneath the sink which holds the faucet in place, unscrew it using the wrench.

Apply little penetrating oil to the connection if nut won’t budge and leave it for few hours or overnight.

  1. Pull the old faucet out, wiggle and jiggle to break the seal. If it sticks to the sink use a putty knife to break the seal.
  2. Scrap off the old putty and wipe it clean using a damp cloth.

 

Also Read: How to use Plumber’s Putty?

 

Steps to remove Two-Handle Faucet

  1. Separate handles are there for hot and cold water, disconnect the coupling nuts connecting handle valves to the spout using the wrench.
  2. Unscrew the mounting nut using wrench located underneath the sink which holds spouts and handles in place.

Apply little penetrating oil to the connection if nut won’t budge and leave it for few hours or overnight.

  1. Pull the old faucet out, wiggle and jiggle to break the seal. If it sticks to the sink use a putty knife to break the seal.
  2. Wipe the drain using a damp cloth and scrap off the old putty.

 

Steps to remove Pop-Up Drain

  1. Unscrew the connection using your hand or pipe wrench beneath the sink where the tailpiece enters the drain.
  2. Using channel lock pliers unscrew a large nut placed at the bottom of the sink.
  3. Pull the washer and gasket down by pushing up on the tailpiece to loosen the seal inside the sink.
  4. You will be able to unscrew the sections above and below the sink to remove them.

 

Test for any Leakage

Plug the sink and fill it with water, wait for a few moments and then run a tissue between the connections of the sink.

If the tissue gets damp there is a fault in your putty seal. You have to re-do the installation.

If tissue is dry, congrats you did a great job. You have successfully removed the sink drain with our little help.

Bid your farewell to unsanitary drain. All you need is some tools and patience to get rid of that dirty drain. Don’t procrastinate the work or even worry about calling a plumber, you have it all covered. Now you know all the tricks on removing the sink drain like a Pro.

 

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