Removing a kitchen sink may seem like an easy task, however there are a few common roadblocks that you may hit, making the task even harder than anticipated. One of the most common roadblocks being that the kitchen sink is glued down. If you find that your kitchen sink it glued down, try following these few steps to help free the sink from the counter.
Step 1 Prep Work
First and foremost, preparing your workspace is key. When it comes to removal, you’ll want to have both the electrical and the water turned off before starting the project, some kitchen sink areas may also have gas, in this case make sure that the gas is also turned off before proceeding. Now it’s time to remove everything that could interfere with your workspace, from plumbing fixtures, kitchenware, appliances, and in some cases even knobs and light fixtures should all be removed, leaving your spare as bare as possible.
Step 2 Remove Appliances
Most kitchens will come equipped with a garbage disposal and a dishwasher, both of which will need to be removed before moving forward, in most cases, these can simply be unplugged and set aside, however, it is important to research the proper removal of your appliances to ensure that you don’t cause damage to your appliances in the process. By removing these elements, you are creating more space for you to work comfortably and freely.
Step 3 Drain Line
Using an adjustable wrench, carefully disconnect the drain pipe and turn off the supply lines.
Step 4 Drain Water
There is likely still water in the pipes, make sure to have a bucket handy and then drain the excess water from the pipes until empty. Once the pipes are empty, you can remove the bucket and start the next step.
Step 5 Detach Drain Pipe
Many people may have done this already, however, if your drain pipe is still in place, it’s time to detach the p-trap pipes as well as any other sink parts that will get in your way or cause limited space for the removal of the sink.
Step 6 Faucet
While not required, pending on your kitchen’s configuration, you may want to remove the faucet prior to attempting to remove the kitchen sink.
Step 7 Loosen Clips and Screws
Identify the sink clips and screws helping to hold the sink in place and use your screwdriver to loosen all necessary screws. If your sink isn’t glued, you may notice that the sink releases when the screws are loosened, however, if it doesn’t budge, try using a utility knife and slip it between the countertop and the sink if possible to help looses the grip of the glue.
Step 8 Remove Glue
If your sink is glued, chances are, liquid nails were used as the adhesive. While it may seem impossible to remove, liquid nails lose their grip when heated, so by heating the glue with a blow dryer you can melt the glue, scraping and cleaning the excess to help remove and loosen the glue.
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Step 9 Remove the Sink
Pending on the type of sink, your sink may be undermounted or dropped in, identify the direction your sink will need to be removed, and then if needed, remove the support from under the sink, and carefully lower or lift the sink from its place. It is best to have an extra pair of hands for the actual removal of the kitchen sink, to assist with small adjustments, last minute scraping/removal of glues, stuck sink clips, etc.
Step 10 Clean Up!
It may seem as if you don’t have to remove all the leftover adhesive, especially if you plan to install a new sink, however, ensuring you clean the space fully before your next project is needed. Clean up all debris, remove any stubborn adhesive, and have a fresh canvas before starting your next sink installation.
It’s also important to remember, that if you are uncomfortable with the tools or skills required for the job, you can always contact a demolition and removal specialist to assist you. Please visit our website to learn more about demolition and removal.