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How to Remove Kitchen Faucet: 5 Important Steps to Follow

How To Remove Kitchen Faucet

You can’t think about complete kitchen decor without a kitchen faucet. It’s installed in the kitchen for ensuring a continuous water supply. But if it troubles you for some reason you need reinstallation.

It is easy and quick to remove a kitchen faucet. But at the time of replacing an old faucet, it can be difficult. So, be ready because it will make it easier and less frustrating to remove the faucet.

There are some steps which guide about how to remove kitchen faucet. So, I recommend that it is a good idea to buy a replacement faucet before you start removing the faucet. This will make it easier to go to the next step when you remove the kitchen faucet.

Moreover, I suggest keeping the essential instruments required to remove a kitchen faucet near you. Hence, it will be easier for you to start work quickly when necessary. The right instruments for removing a kitchen faucet are:

  • Containers to keep water;
  • Pliers;
  • Basin wrench;
  • Putty knife;
  • Penetrating oil.

Steps on how to remove kitchen faucet

  • Step #1: Turn off water supply system

    At first shut off the water source that goes to the faucet. Turn off water supply valves at the faucet or turn off the main water supply to the house. You can check by turning on the faucet whether the water is turned off or not. It will also drain away the remaining water at the faucet.
    – Turn off the main water supply system to the house;
    – Check whether the valves are closed or not. Turn on the faucet to release the extra pressure built up on the line.

  • Step #2: Disconnect water supply line from the valve

    Use pliers to disconnect the water supply lines from the valve. You will need two sets of pliers. One set to hold the valve and another set for unscrewing the water supply line. Moreover, place a container under the angle stop valve to catch the remaining water in the valve.
    – Watch carefully what type of faucet you are removing;
    – Remove top mounted faucets from under the sink;
    – Start removing the bottom-mounted sink from the top of the sink.

  • Step #3: Remove mounting nut

    Then you need to remove the mounting nuts under the sink. These nuts are located behind and under the sink. So, reaching them is a bit difficult. Use a basin wrench for removing them.
    Turn the nuts counterclockwise to remove them. If you find the mounting nuts hard to turn, let them sit for some time or apply some penetrating oil on them.
    – Apply penetrating oil on the lock nuts if they do not come off;
    – Cut off the locks or mounting nuts if they get stripped. You can use a hacksaw to cut them off.

  • Step #4: Remove the old kitchen faucet

    After removing the nuts, you can wiggle the kitchen faucet from the sink. Take the faucet out and clean the place where the faucet sat.
    In addition, remove the caulking or putty from the sink surface by using the putty knife. Clean the sink before you install a new kitchen faucet.
    – If you face any difficulty going behind the drain line, you may take the drain line apart;
    – Try to get more space to complete the work with ease.

  • Step #5: Clean the surface

    Take proper care while cleaning the surface not to damage it. Use a non-scratching scouring pad to clean the surface.
    – Remove the hard water or putty that were build up from the old faucet;
    – Clean the place with great care to reinstall a new kitchen faucet easily.


Now you can’t imagine a kitchen without any kitchen faucet. If you do not have a kitchen faucet, it will consume a lot of time to finish the works.

I think this article will give you a clear idea about how to remove the kitchen faucet. Watch carefully what type of faucet you need to remove. The working procedure of removing the faucet depends on the type of faucet you are using in your kitchen.

Samantha Parker
Samantha Parker
Samantha is a mother of two kids, so is well-versed in the best toys for kids and household goods. She has acquired two master's degrees and many hours of doctoral work. She enjoys writing, painting, teaching, and research. Samantha has an encyclopedic knowledge of cooking food, and is always looking for chances to expand on that. When she's not working, she likes playing video games, watching old movies, and keeping up with pop culture.


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