If you’re planning to do some plumbing work in your kitchen, removing the sink drain is a necessary task. Whether you’re replacing the drain assembly or cleaning out the pipe, removing the drain can seem like a daunting task. However, with the right tools and a little know-how, you can get the job done quickly and efficiently.
In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process of removing a kitchen sink drain.
Before you start, you’ll need to gather some tools. Here’s a list of everything you’ll need:
- Adjustable Wrench
- Plumbers Putty
Step 1: Turn Off the Water Supply
Before you start working on the drain, turn off the water supply to your sink. You can usually find the shut-off valves under the sink. Turn them clockwise until they stop to cut off the water flow.
Step 2: Remove the Sink Stopper
If your sink has a stopper, you’ll need to remove it before you can access the drain. Simply unscrew the knob on top of the stopper and lift it out of the sink.
Step 3: Loosen the Nut
Use your pliers to loosen the nut that connects the drain pipe to the sink. You can usually find this nut at the bottom of the drain pipe. Turn the nut counterclockwise to loosen it.
Step 4: Remove the Drain Pipe
Once the nut is loose, you can remove the drain pipe. Be sure to have a bucket and towel handy to catch any water that may spill out of the pipe.
Step 5: Remove the Drain Flange
The drain flange is the part of the drain assembly that sits inside the sink. To remove it, you’ll need to use your adjustable wrench to loosen the large nut that holds it in place. Once the nut is loose, you can lift the flange out of the sink.
Step 6: Clean the Sink
With the drain assembly removed, you can now clean the sink thoroughly. Use a scrub brush and some mild soap to clean the inside of the sink and remove any grime or buildup.
Step 7: Replace the Drain Assembly
Once you’ve cleaned the sink, you can replace the drain assembly. Apply some plumber’s putty around the opening in the sink where the drain flange sits. Then, place the new drain flange into the opening and tighten the large nut with your adjustable wrench.
Step 8: Reattach the Drain Pipe
With the new drain flange in place, you can reattach the drain pipe. Apply some plumber’s putty around the threads of the nut to create a watertight seal. Then, tighten the nut with your pliers.
Step 9: Turn the Water Supply Back On
Finally, turn the water supply back on and test the sink for any leaks. If everything is working properly, you’re done!
Removing a kitchen sink drain may seem intimidating, but it’s a straightforward process that anyone can do with the right tools and a little patience. By following these steps, you can remove and replace your sink drain in no time.
If you’re having trouble removing your kitchen sink drain, or need any plumbing services, don’t hesitate to contact Miller Plumbers. Our team of experienced professionals is always ready to help with any plumbing needs you may have. Visit our website or give us a call to schedule an appointment today!