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The Pros & Cons of Installing a Kitchen Faucet Yourself

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If you are looking to update the appearance of the sink in your kitchen, swapping out the faucets can instantly give that area a facelift. This may leave you thinking about installing the sink yourself. Learning the pros and cons of doing so will help you determine whether you should install the sink faucet yourself or hire a plumbing service to assist you with the process. Here are a couple of those pros and cons.

Cons of Installing a Kitchen Faucet Yourself

You need the right tools—When you are installing a kitchen faucet yourself, you need to have the correct tools to install the sink. While some of the tools needed, like adjustable wrenches, are common tools that most handy homeowners already have, others, like a basin wrench and plumbing supply lines, are not. If you don't have these tools and supplies and need to buy them, it can easily eat into your cost savings margin.

You can cause leaks—The other downside to installing a kitchen faucet yourself is that you can cause leaks if you don't install the faucet correctly. These leaks can occur on top of the sink if the faucet is not sealed correctly, or below the faucet, if the plumbing lines are not properly tightened. If you are unaware of the leak, you can damage cabinetry, your countertop or the floor, depending on where the water is leaking and how long it continues to leak.

Pros of Installing a Kitchen Faucet Yourself

It can be cheaper—The biggest upside to installing a kitchen faucet yourself is that you can save money if you know what you're doing. If money is tight and you want to change the appearance of your sink area, selecting a faucet and installing it yourself may give you the change you need at a price you can afford.

If you're familiar with plumbing, it's a straight-forward task—The other advantage to installing it yourself is that it is a fairly simple, straight-forward task for those who are familiar with their basic plumbing lines. If you have replaced your above ground plumbing lines in the past, removed the P-trap for a clog, or swapped out a bathroom faucet or sink before, removing and replacing the faucet in your kitchen should be an achievable do-it-yourself task for you.

There are pros and cons to installing a kitchen faucet yourself. If you have the right tools and are familiar with plumbing, you may be able to complete this task yourself. However, if you are not familiar with plumbing repairs or you don't feel comfortable working on your plumbing, you will want to hire a plumbing service to assist you with this task to ensure it is done correctly.