During my bathroom makeover, I decided to replace my bathroom sink faucet, along with my bathroom sink. Even with the best care, sink faucets wear out with time. Faucets are used daily and come in constant contact with water and moisture. Additionally, faucets are made up of numerous important parts such as – washers, gaskets, mounting hardware, etc. Over time with use the washers wear out, gaskets become loose and the mounting hardware can corrode. In my experience, a good quality faucet will serve you well for five to eight years.
As I choose to give my bathroom a complete makeover, I dismantled my sink faucets along with the sink and removed my sink countertop. Observing my sink faucets, I noticed slight corrosion in my mounting hardware. Some amount of corrosion is normal, given the constant exposure to water and moisture. But, given that I was installing a new sink, I choose to buy new faucets as well.
Bathroom sink faucets come in several types. Primarily they are categorized based on the number of faucet openings you’ll need on your sink countertop or in your sink itself. Based on your preference, you can choose any of the following options to replace your bathroom sink faucet –
Single Hole Faucet –
As you would’ve guessed, this faucet requires only one opening and is standard for single handle bathroom sink faucets.
Center – Spread Faucet –
If you have a sink with three holes, typically with a gap of four inches between them, this is the best choice for you. You’ll need an escutcheon plate to link the holes together.
Widespread Faucet –
For sinks having three holes, six or more inches apart, this faucet is your best bet. In widespread faucets, your handles and the faucet will be three individual pieces.
I chose to go forward with a center – spread faucet for which I drilled three faucet openings into my countertop. In case you are replacing just your faucets, it would be cost and time-effective to select the same type of faucet as your last one. However, you could replace a center-spread or widespread faucet with a single hole faucet and vice-versa. It takes some work as your countertop will need to be modified based on the number of additional faucet openings you will require.
Be mindful that if you have bought a sink which has a set number of faucet holes already, you will not be able to change it.
IMPORTANT TIP – Drilling into your sink to add faucet openings will crack or break the sink. Only drill into your countertop if need be. In-built faucet openings in sink cannot be modified.
You can still choose from a variety of options for your new bathroom sink faucet. Let’s say your new sink has three in-built faucet holes. You can still choose to opt for a single hole faucet. Utilizing only one of the openings and covering the rest with an escutcheon plate. Similarly, you can attach a center-spread faucet to your sink as well.
Depending on your faucet manufacturer, along with your bathroom sink faucet, you can also replace your bathroom sink plumbing. Many replacement kits provide you with new pipes along with the faucet apparatus. We recommend taking advantage of this opportunity and replacing your plumbing.
Remember, before beginning to replace your bathroom sink faucet, turn off the main water valves. Typically, the valves will be under your sink. Additionally, place a bucket beneath your sink to collect any spillage when you replace your plumbing. Once you have taken these preliminary steps, you are ready to replace your faucet.
Average Cost To Replace A Bathroom Sink Faucet
There is a multitude of options to choose from for your new bathroom sink faucet. Some popular choices of faucet include – single/double hole faucets, center-spread faucet, and widespread faucets. Take your time to choose the faucet that goes the best with your bathroom decor and has the best functionality.
Based on your choice and type of faucet, your total cost will be between $40-$500.
If this is the first time you will replace your bathroom sink faucet, expect to spend between 1 – 3 hours on this project. With patience and preparedness, this is an easy one-person job. But, there are various essential connections, such as connecting your water supply lines to the mounting nut, which need proper assembly. Hence, do not rush to avoid future leaks or damage to your pipes.
Tools & Materials
Disconnecting Your Old Bathroom Sink Faucet
- Depending on the type of faucet, locate the hot and cold supply lines connected on the underside of the sink.
- Remove the supply lines using a set of pliers.
- Similarly, locate the mounting nuts below the sink and disconnect them using an adjustable wrench.
- Next, remove the lift rod from the drain opening.
- After removing all the components, you can remove the faucet.
- Along with the faucet, remove any gasket or escutcheon plate attached to the sink.
- Remember to clean the top of your sink using soap and water to remove any caulk or debris stuck to the surface. You need a clean sink top before attaching your new faucet.
Installing Your New Bathroom Sink Faucet
Before you start to replace your bathroom sink faucet, you will need to assemble it following the manufacturer’s instructions. Based on the brand of faucet you have chosen, your installation procedure will vary.
If you are installing a bathroom sink faucet for the first time, take your time to install the faucet correctly to avoid future leaks.
Once you have installed your faucet, follow these steps to attach your new faucet –
- Firstly, place the rubber gaskets onto the faucet’s components.
- Apply a thin beam of plumber’s putty around the edge of the faucet sink opening.
- Slowly place your new faucet in position, aligning it properly with the sink opening.
- Firmly press down until the faucet is stuck in place.
- From the underside of the sink, attach a washer over the mounting nut.
- Additionally, wrap the threaded opening of the nut with plumber’s tape. The tape will help create a water-tight seal between the nut and the supply pipes and also increase its durability.
- Furthermore, attach the lift rod to the drain opening.
- Lastly, connect the hot and cold supply lines to the appropriate faucets.
As I mentioned before, there is a multitude of options to choose from for your new bathroom sink faucet. If you have a center-spread faucet, your process to replace your sink will include installing an escutcheon plate onto your sink top.
Flush the lines –
- Turn your faucet’s handle to the maximum and let it run for a few minutes.
- This will help flush out any debris in the pipes or faucet.
Frequently Asked Questions: How To Replace Bathroom Sink Faucet.
Do I need to replace my faucet with the same type I had before?
No, you can buy any kind of faucet you want for your sink. Depending on the type you buy adjust the sinkhole openings accordingly.Can I
re-use old supply pipes on new faucets?
If the pipes are in good condition, you can. But we advise using new pipes with your new faucet, especially if they are included in your kit.