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Installing a pedestal sink is a simple way of giving your bathroom a facelift. A pedestal sink is not difficult to install and brings a classic feel to your bathroom.

Replace old sink

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Most manufacturers of pedestal sinks provide mounting instructions with their product. You should read and understand the instructions before you start installing. Otherwise, you may end up with leaks that will damage your bathroom.

Follow these steps to install your new sink:

  • Shut off the water supply – Your old sink has a water supply shut-off valve. Turn it off, then turn on the faucet to release any pressure left in the water lines.
  • Remove the water lines – Get a bucket and put it underneath the drain pipe of the old sink. Loosen the nuts to allow extra water to drain. When there is no more water, you can remove the pipe. Then proceed to unscrew the supply lines of the sink from the valve. Set them aside.
  • Get rid of the old sink – Begin by cutting the sealant along the backsplash. If the backsplash is separate from your vanity, remove it and set it aside. Then remove the sealant that holds the top of the vanity to its base. Do not lift the vanity top unless you are sure that the supply lines and drains are free. Once you remove the top of the vanity, you will be left with nothing but the base. You can unscrew the base from the wall and move the vanity base away from your working area.
  • Inspect the plumbing – Make sure that the plumbing attachments are visible. Replace the old hardware. You may want to hire a professional plumber to help you with moving the plumbing lines. A mistake in this step of the process could spell disaster later.
  • Support and center – If your pedestal sink weights a lot, you may need to install extra support behind the finished wall. Once that has been added, find the sink’s center point and mark it on the bathroom floor. Push your sink tightly against the bathroom wall.
  • Secure the anchors – Drill holes on the wall and on the floor to secure the sink’s anchor. Use large bolts and washers in securing the pedestal to the floor.
  • Complete the assembly – When you have taken all of these steps, you can attach the faucet and drain the sink. Then secure the sink bowl using hanger bolts. Tighten and secure the bowl to the wall. As a final step, you can re-attach the plumbing lines and turn on the sink’s water supply.