How to Remove a Bathroom SinkApril 13, 2015
We are working on that master bath of ours. The last thing I posted about was removing that hideous wallpaper using an all-natural wallpaper stripper that worked incredibly well! Next up for that room is removing that basic pedestal sink that had a crack in it and removing the toilet (so that we can re-tile the floors underneath!)
Removing the sink was not a difficult task as all. It only took a few hours to do the whole thing, probably a lot less if you’re more familiar with plumbing!
How to Remove a Bathroom Sink
1. The first step is to turn the water off. You should be able to find shut-off valves inside the sink cabinet or right below the faucet. Turn these clockwise all the way until water stops running from the faucet. If you cannot find those shut-off valves by the sink, you will need to turn off water to the whole house.
2. Disconnect water supply lines. Disconnect the supply lines from the sink with an adjustable wrench. The supply lines are (usually flexible) tubes that connect the sink to your water pipes. Use the wrench to loosen the nuts at the ends of the supply lines.
3. Remove the drain piping, the P-trap. This is the U-shaped part of the pipe that takes the water out of the drain of your sink. Use pliers to loosen the nuts holding the trap in place and remove it. Be prepared to catch a little water that may have been remaining in the trap. Be sure to stuff an old rag or towel into the P-trap once it’s out so you don’t have sewer gases entering your home.
4. Remove the clips that fasten the sink to the countertop. Be sure not to damage the countertop. For a pedestal sink (like the one we removed), be sure to remove the bolts that attach the sink to the wall.
5. Use a razor blade or utility knife to cut away the sealant between the sink and the counter. Remove the sink by pulling it straight up. If there’s a lot of resistance, ensure that you didn’t forget any clips or bolts.
*This is an informational article and is not intended to serve as an exhaustive guide to do any plumbing around your house. Be sure to contact a licensed plumber for all your plumbing questions or concerns.