Before we proceed, make sure you have the following tools:
- PEX tubing cutter
- PEX crimping tool
- PEX fittings
- Adjustable wrench
- Teflon tape
- Safety goggles
Step 1: Turn off the Water Supply
Before you start with the installation, make sure to turn off the water supply to the bathroom sink. You can do this by turning off the main valve or the valve specifically for your bathroom sink.
Step 2: Remove the Old Pipes
Remove the old pipes connected to your bathroom sink. You can use a wrench to loosen the nuts that connect the pipes to the sink and the water supply.
Step 3: Measure and Cut the PEX Pipe
Measure the distance between the sink and the water supply. Cut the PEX pipe according to the measurement using a PEX tubing cutter.
Step 4: Attach the PEX Fittings
Attach the PEX fittings to both ends of the PEX pipe. Make sure to use the correct size of fittings that match the size of the PEX pipe.
Step 5: Connect the PEX Pipe to the Sink
Connect one end of the PEX pipe to the sink using a wrench. Make sure to tighten the nut securely.
Step 6: Connect the PEX Pipe to the Water Supply
Connect the other end of the PEX pipe to the water supply using a wrench. Make sure to tighten the nut securely.
Step 7: Check for Leaks
Turn on the water supply and check for leaks. If there are leaks, turn off the water supply and tighten the nuts.
Step 8: Insulate the PEX Pipe
Insulate the PEX pipe to prevent heat loss and to protect it from freezing. You can use foam insulation or pipe sleeves.
Q: Can I use PEX pipe for hot water?
Yes, PEX pipe is suitable for hot water. However, make sure to use the correct type of PEX pipe that is rated for hot water.
Q: Can I crimp PEX fittings by hand?
No, it is not recommended to crimp PEX fittings by hand. Use a PEX crimping tool to ensure a secure connection.
Q: Can I use Teflon tape on PEX fittings?
Yes, you can use Teflon tape on PEX fittings. However, make sure to wrap it clockwise to prevent it from unraveling during installation.
Installing PEX pipe to a bathroom sink is a simple and easy process. By following the steps and using the right tools, you can complete the installation in no time. PEX pipes are a great alternative to traditional plumbing, and they offer many benefits. If you have any doubts or questions, consult a professional plumber.