In short, yes, it is possible to replace a kitchen sink without replacing the countertop. However, in order to prevent any damage from occurring to the countertop, it’s recommended that a professional handle the replacement. The adhesive that holds the sink in place is incredibly strong once adhered and if you have an undermount sink, it’s probably going to have to be cut and ground out from underneath.
Unless the sink was formed as a continuous component of the countertop, it can be removed and replaced easily – whether it’s undermount or drop-in. Though, you will need to make sure that the replacement sink is suited for the same size hole that you already have in the countertop.
How to Remove Sink Without Damaging Countertop
When it comes to kitchen sink replacements, you likely want to take out the old sink without causing harm to the existing countertop. If you need to know how to remove a sink without damaging the countertop, follow these steps:
- Gather your materials. You’ll need a 7 in 1 painter’s tool, razor blade, and wedges. Plastic wedges are recommended as they typically won’t hurt the countertop.
- Disconnect the plumbing. Before you begin the actual removal, you’ll need to disconnect the supply lines and the disposal (if you have one).
- Start at the corner of the sink with the 7 in 1 tool. Make sure the tool is flat and once you create a little bit of space, put the first wedge in.
- Continue along the sink front of the sink, creating space, and putting wedges in. Position the tool at an angle so you avoid damaging the countertop.
- Keep putting wedges in until the seam breaks. In some instances, you may need to use a razor blade to cut away at the caulking and break the seal. You’ll hear an audible pop when the seal is broken.
- Once the front is complete, continue the process along the sides of the sink – scouring with the razor blade and putting in plastic wedges.
- With the seal broken in the front and on both sides, take a wedge and drive it along the back on both sides to break the back seal.
- Once all the seals are broken, you should be able to lift the sink out of the countertop.
In general, the more wedges you use, the easier it will be to remove the sink and safely lift it out of the countertop without any unnecessary damage.
Call a Licensed Plumber Today!
As you’ve likely noticed, the process of removing a kitchen sink isn’t always an easy one – especially when you don’t want to replace the countertop as well. It’s crucial that you practice great care to avoid potential damage and guarantee that the replacement goes smoothly.
With that said, it’s always recommended to leave tasks like these to the professionals. If you’re concerned about your ability to safely remove a sink without causing damage to your countertops, give Anytime Plumbing a call!
Need your kitchen sink replaced without damaging your countertop or just have questions about how it’s done, give Anytime Plumbing a call at 831-431-6593 today!