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How to Install a Drain


Sink drains may not be the most glamorous part of the sink, but they are definitely the most important. Installing a new faucet with a matching sink drain can be a small update that gives a bathroom or kitchen the big change you were looking for! Follow these step-by-step directions to install your new drain and keep your sink leak-free. 


How to Remove an Old Drain

1. Remove the Clevis and Pivot Rod

Most faucets come with a matching drain plug, and this will be especially important if you are switching to a new style and color of faucet. To remove the pop-up drain and drain assembly, look for a flat metal rod with several holes in it called the clevis. The clevis connects the sink drain to the pivot rod. You’ll want to unscrew the nut holding the pivot rod to the sink drain. Pliers will most likely be necessary. Once the pivot rod is removed, you’ll be able to remove the drain plug from the top of the sink.

2. Remove the P-trap

Next, remove the P-trap using a bucket to catch any water still in the trap. Set the bucket underneath the trap before you begin, and simply unscrew the slip nut to remove the P-trap. 

3. Disconnect & Drain Flange

Then, you’ll disconnect the drain flange from the tailpiece. It will just unscrew, so no need for more tools. 

4. Clean Up Drain & Faucet

Now that you’ve removed all of the old hardware, clean up the drain and faucet holes to remove any dirt, grime, or old sealant left behind. This will help to ensure your new faucet looks great and doesn’t leak. 


How to Install a New Drain

1. Install P-trap & Attach Clevis

You’ll need to install the new P-trap and attach the new clevis and pivot rod that you previously removed. Start with the P-trap. You’ll attach the sip-nut to the P-trap and attach it your current line and drain. Use plumber’s putty or silicone for a tight, waterproof seal.

2. Attach Pivot Rod to Drain

Next, connect the pivot rod to the drain and the clevis and finish with the clevis attached to the faucet behind the water line. Connect your water line again, and make sure everything is sealed. 

3. Check for Leaks

Once you’re ready to try out your new faucet, place a bucket below your sink and slowly turn the water on checking for leaks as you go.

Faucet Replacement

Fixing a drain or simply installing a new drain that matches an updated faucet is extremely important. Not only will it give your sink a nice clean look, but it ensures that you don't have water damage for existing cabinets. One small change can help you save lots of time, energy, and money down the road. For even more help, view this video that will give you detailed directions for the entire process of removing and installing a new faucet.