How to Remove and Install a Bathroom Faucet

Two for one! In this article, you’ll get two tutorials: how to remove a bathroom faucet and how to install a bathroom faucet! Because they go hand when doing any sort of bathroom remodeling or upgrade.

Beautiful new bathroom faucet

While this tutorial shows a different strategy for what happens with the faucet on top of the countertop (check out this article on creating a faux marble countertop for details), the method of hooking up the water for the plumbing will be the same. Let’s get started.

How to Remove a Bathroom Faucet

Beautiful new bathroom faucet

(You can also check out this tutorial for removing and installing a kitchen sink faucet.)

New bathroom faucet

Step One: Turn off water before you remove the bathroom faucet

Start by turning off the water under your bathroom sink. Have a bucket handy, because you will have some water leak out when you go to unhook the hoses.

Start by turning off the water

Turn off both the hot and the cold water valves. Also, while you’re down here, unhook the sink stopper.

Remove the stopper

Step Two: Remove stopper from the bathroom faucet

Before removing the bathroom faucet, you have to pull the sink stopper out so it’s out of your way. Chances are, your space is limited underneath that small bathroom sink, so any opportunity you have to remove something to clear out some space is an opportunity you should take.

Pull the sink stopper out

Step Three: Drain any water from bathroom faucet

Turn on the faucet handles to let any residual water drain into the sink.

Turn out the faucet outlet

Step Four: Unscrew fittings

Use a crescent wrench to unscrew the hoses. Careful not to strip them or they become difficult to remove from the bathroom faucet.

Use a crescent wrench

If you have a plastic connector, unsnap the plastic guard.

Unclip plastic connector

Then squeeze the two plastic tabs on the sides, and pull the connector off.

Plastic squeze parts

Securing each component of the faucet (the handles and the faucet itself) will be a nut of some sort, screwed into place. Use a screwdriver to loosen these screws.

Twist the brass

Then twist the brass nut counterclockwise to unscrew it as well.

Twis until is out

Twist it until it comes all the way off. You’ll notice a rubber O-ring. This should be removed as well.

Pull out all components

Pull off all components that were holding the handle into place from the underside of the countertop. Repeat for the other handle.

Use your crescent wrench to unscrew

Use your crescent wrench to unscrew the large nut that secures the faucet (and accompanying plate) into place.

Remove the tap water faucet

Step Four: Remove bathroom faucet

With all of the under-counter components loosened and removed, you can now remove all your faucet parts. Pull out the faucet.

Remove faucet handles

Remove the handles of the bathroom faucet.

Pull out everything

Pull off anything else from the countertop so that all you are left with are your exposed bathroom faucet holes. Nicely done! Make any changes to your countertop you wish (here’s an idea for faux marble with concrete, as well as a transition from a three-hole faucet setup to a single hole), then get ready to move onto your new faucet installation.

How to Install a Bathroom Faucet

Jaida new faucet design

Step One: Prep new faucet

The faucet we’ll be installing today is called a Jaida. It’s a single-hole faucet with a pop-up drain. Let’s see hwo to install the bathroom faucet!

Remove faucet from box and prepare for install

Remove the bathroom faucet from the box. From the mounting bolt, unscrew the nut and remove the mounting plate.

Copper tube with hot and cold water

Step Two: Check pipes before installing the bathroom faucet

At this point, it’s a good idea to identify which of the copper pipes is for hot and which is for cold. These should be labeled. In this case, the longer pipe is hot.

Plumber putty cream

Step Three: Attach O ring under bathroom faucet

Grab your plumber’s putty. This will go on the rubber O-ring to seal the space between the countertop and the rubber ring. (On top of the rubber ring is the faucet itself.)

Plumbers putty grab

Take little bits of plumber’s putty at a time and fill the groove on the bottom of the rubber seal.

Place the seal faucet

Step Four: Put in place before installing the bathroom faucet

Place the seal and faucet on the countertop, threading the pipes and mounting bolt down through the countertop hole.

Straughten faucet design

Try not to move the rubber seal much after placing it, to ensure that the plumber’s putty stays put. Do a preemptive straightening of the faucet, although you’ll need to come back to it a little later in the process to make sure it’s completely straight.

Prepare the things under countertop

Step Five: Attach fittings to install the bathroom faucet

On the underside of the countertop, replace the mounting plate (bumps toward the countertop so as to improve “grip”) and nut. Don’t crank down too hard on the nut at this point, although the faucet should be able to stand up securely on its own after tightening the nut underneath.

Adaptor pin clip

Take one of the adapters and one of the pins. These will attach to the end of either the hot or cold pipe (coming out of the faucet), allowing you to later connect the house’s hot or cold water source to the faucet.

Pop on adapter pir

Pop the adapter onto the pipe, threaded side down. Position the pin to hold it securely in place. Repeat for the other adapter, pin, and faucet pipe.

Apply the teflon tape

Attach Teflon tape to the threaded end of one of the adapters. This helps to solidify the seal, when you go to connect the water, to prevent leaking. Teflon tape is vital to installing a bathroom faucet!

Connect water

Step Six: Attach hoses to bathroom faucet

Using a plumbing hose extension (which should be already attached to your water sources from when you removed your faucet originally), connect the appropriate water source to the Teflon taped adapter. Hot water generally comes from the left, cold water from the right.

Connect the cold hose

Repeat for the other adapter and hose: Teflon tape, adapter, hose. Although the water should still be off at this point, you’re all hooked up.

Jaida faucet comes with a pop-up drain

Step Seven: Adding the Drain when Installing the Bathroom Faucet

Because the Jaida faucet comes with a pop-up drain, we’ll need to remove the old drain in order to install it. Begin by removing the drain lever under the sink.

connects the drain pipe to the sink

Then loosen the nut that connects the drain pipe to the sink itself. This will probably require a wrench.

Unscrew the nut enough

Unscrew the nut enough so that you can push upward on the drain.

person gently pushes the drain pipe

Have a helper grab a pair of pliers. While one person gently pushes the drain pipe upward, the other person will grab the drain ring from in the sink and pull it out.

Remove the drain ring completely

Remove the drain ring completely. We never said installing a bathroom faucet would be glamorous.

Unscrew all the pieces under the sink

Unscrew all the pieces under the sink from the drain pipe down to the P-trap (but don’t remove the P-trap). This will likely include the drain pipe and then another black plastic coupler pipe with two black rings, one on top and one on bottom, and plastic seals.

You can get rid of the drain pipe

You can get rid of the drain pipe, but you’ll want to keep the black coupler pipe (assuming it’s still in good shape). Wash all components, then replace it back onto the P-trap.

Clean the sink drain

Thoroughly clean the sink drain hole.

Place the new pop-up drain into the sink

Step Eight: Place new drain

One of the last steps to installing a bathroom faucet. Place the new pop-up drain into the sink drain hole. Straighten out any words or logos on the drain, if that sort of thing is important to you.

down through new plastic seal

Before you push the drain all the way down onto the black coupler pipe, you’ll need to thread the new drain pipe down through new plastic seal and “nut,” in that order.

hold the drain in place above in the sink

While one person works the new seal up toward the bottom of the sink, the other person should hold the drain in place above in the sink.

Screw on the drain

Screw on the new “nut.” Again, someone should be holding the drain in place, particularly if you’re trying to keep any words or logos straight.

Affix the black coupler pipe

Affix the black coupler pipe (also could be thought of as the P-trap extender pipe) to the new drain pipe.

Bathroom faucet pipe undersink

It’s all coming together!

Pop up raised seating

Step Nine: Double check the drain in your new bathroom faucet

When everything is tightened, check out the new pop-up feature of your drain. Don’t be alarmed if, in the plug position, the metal doesn’t touch the sink.

Plugged setting

The plugging mechanism is actually underneath the metal drain plate.

Hold in position during instalation

Step Ten: Final touches on installing the bathroom faucet

With the drain in place and looking awesome, it’s time to make final adjustments to the faucet itself. One person should hold it perfectly straight from up above…

Straight for final position

…while the other person tightens the faucet nut a little more from under the sink.

Tighten the water

Use a wrench for these final tightening steps. Tighten the water connections.

Turn the water on

Step Eleven: Test for leaks

When installing a new bathroom faucet, the last thing you want is leaks. Turn your water lines back on, and try out your new sink. Hang out under the sink for a while to make sure there are no leaks; if you notice any water, turn the water off and tighten up the leakage.

Beautiful new bathroom faucet

Congratulations! You’ve just upgraded your bathroom vanity faucet, and it functions well and looks amazing.

Note: The author is an experienced, although not professional, DIYer. Neither the author nor Homedit is responsible for any injury or damage that may be a result of following this tutorial.