Learning how to install a Delta bathroom faucet means that you can quickly and easily do this yourself. No need to call a plumber or spend tons of time. This is a quick and easy switch you can make in an hour or so.
Changing out the faucet in your bathroom is like a little mini-makeover. It can brighten up the space, make it look more modern and, if you’re dealing with a leaky faucet, can help do away with the annoyance (and with literally losing money down the drain!).
The Delta Faucet Company was founded in 1929. They know a lot about plumbing and faucets!! Installing a Delta faucet ensures you are using quality materials that you can rely on to last a long, long time.
How to Install a Delta Bathroom Faucet
There are a few simple steps to follow:
1. Ensure the area is clear of clutter
It will be much easier to work if both the counter space and the cupboard underneath are cleared out. Working around soap dispensers, toothbrush holders, hair product bottles, and various other bathroom clutter is not the best. It’ll only take 5 minutes to clear it out and you’ll be happier for it.
2. Turn the Water Supply Off
No need to turn the main water supply off, but you’ll need to turn off the water supply taps that are underneath the sink. Typically there are two taps; one for the hot water supply, and one for the cold. Turn both completely off.
3. Remove the Old Faucet
This should be fairly straight-forward. Dis-connect the water supply hoses from underneath and release the nut underneath (if there is one). There may be a ‘hidden’ screw in the back of the tap handles that will also need to be loosened. Then you should be able to simply lift the faucet out. Beware of the water that is in those supply hoses! Have a dry rag handy.
4. Position the Faucet
Begin by placing the gasket and faucet in position on the sink, using the holes already in place. From underneath the sink, thread the plastic mounting nuts onto the faucet shanks.
To do this correctly, the large side of each mounting nut should be facing up.
Go to the top of the sink and check that the faucet and gasket are in the correct position. Adjust them if necessary.
Back under the sink, tighten the mounting nuts, but take care not to over-tighten them as this will make them difficult to remove in the future. An adjustable or basin wrench should be used to tighten the nuts.
5. Attach the water supply
Once in place and secured, attach the water supply lines once again. Wrap the threads of the water supply valve with plumber tape. This will ensure a tight seal and guard against leaks.
Once wrapped, thread the water supply nut onto the shut-off valve and tighten with a wrench. Once tightened, wrap the threads on the faucet shank, again using plumber tape to secure, and thread the water supply nut onto the faucet shank.
Be sure to tighten the nut with a basin wrench to secure it fully.
6. Connect the lift rod
Delta faucets have lift rods that control the plugs pop up function. To connect this, insert the lift rod into the faucet from the top of the sink.
From the underneath of the sink, make sure the pivot rod is in the down position. Insert the lift-rod into the lift-rod strap. Tighten the screw to secure the hold.
Next, from the top of the sink, make sure the lift-rod opens and closes the drain play as desired. If not, you can make the necessary adjustments but loosening the lift-rod strap screw and repositioning the lift-rod.
Some Delta faucets require you to connect the lift-rod strap to the pivot rod. This can be done by sliding one end of the spring clip onto the pivot-rod.
Ensure that the pivot-rod and lift-rod are in the same position before inserting the pivot-rod into the closest hole in the lift-rod strap.
Slide the other end of the pivot-rod and make sure the lift-rod opens and closes the drain plug as desired. If not, you can make the necessary adjustments now.
If minor adjustments are required, loosen the lift-rod strap screw and reposition the lift rod and test again.
If major adjustments are required, you will need to remove the spring clip, move the pivot-rod to a different hole in the lift-rod strap, and test again.
7. Flush the faucet
To finish, you will need to ensure no debris, fillings, or chips that could have fallen in them plumbing pieces. You must make sure the area is free to avoid any leaks or damage to the faucet.
First, remove the aerator and black sealing gasket above it. Before you turn the water supply on, ensure that the faucet’s handles are in the on position to remove any debris without causing any damage.
Next, open the water supply valves under the sink and let the water run for 15 seconds before turning the faucet handles off. Clean any debris from the aerator screen before replacing the aerator.
Your faucet is now installed!
Factors To Consider
When it comes to installing your new faucet, there are some factors you will need to consider. It is crucial to ensure that the new faucet will fit the holes left from the old faucet.
The best way to ensure this is to buy the same style faucet or one that requires holes that are the same space apart.
Usually, you can get a single-handle faucet that will fit a larger faucet space if it is replacing. Make sure you check the holes and space available before purchasing the faucet.
It is also worth consulting the instruction manual your faucet has come with. Generally speaking, all delta faucets can be installed this way, but there is no harm in checking beforehand!
If you run into any issues along the way, you can have a plumber install the faucet, although this will be an added expense.