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Replace Kitchen Sink

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Replace Sink: Reasons and Benefits

We all understand the importance of a functional and aesthetically pleasing kitchen sink in our homes. Whether you’re upgrading your kitchen or dealing with a damaged or leaking sink, replacing that kitchen sink is a task that requires careful planning and execution.

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Leaking Kitchen Sink

Maybe you prefer a double-bowl stainless steel kitchen sink instead of the current single-bowl enamel-over cast iron sink.  As sinks come in various sizes, design and colors, when replacing your sinks, you may need to re-size and re-do your counter top to fit the new sink.

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Replace Current Single Bowl Kitchen Sink With A Double Bowl Sink

In this guide, we will look into the common reasons and benefits of replacing your kitchen sink. We will also provide expert insights and step-by-step instructions on how to effectively replace your sink.

Reasons for Replacing Kitchen Sinks

There are various reasons why homeowners need to replace their kitchen sinks. Understanding these common issues can help homeowners make informed decisions about sink replacement. Here are some of the most frequent reasons:

  1. Damage: Over time, kitchen sinks can sustain damage from heavy use, such as scratches, chips, or cracks. These damages not only detract from the appearance of the sink but can also compromise its functionality and lead to leaks.
  2. Corrosion: Corrosion, often caused by exposure to water and harsh cleaning chemicals, can eat away at the surface of the sink. This deterioration weakens the sink’s structure and can result in leaks or rust-colored water.
  3. Leakage: Persistent leaks around the sink or from the faucet may indicate deteriorating seals, faulty plumbing connections, or worn-out components. If left unaddressed, leaks can cause water damage to the surrounding area and promote mould growth. This often leads to sinks detaching from rotting countertops.
  4. Outdated Design: Many homeowners opt to replace their kitchen sinks to update the look and feel of their kitchens. Outdated sink designs may not only lack aesthetic appeal but also lack modern features and functionalities that enhance usability.
  5. Poor Hygiene: Sinks that are difficult to clean or have accumulated grime and bacteria over time may pose health risks to occupants. Replacing an old, dirty sink with a new one can improve hygiene standards in the kitchen.
  6. Incompatibility: In some cases, homeowners may need to replace their kitchen sinks due to incompatibility with other kitchen fixtures or appliances. For example, a smaller sink may not accommodate larger cookware or a garbage disposal unit.
  7. Frequent Repairs: If a kitchen sink requires frequent repairs due to recurring issues such as clogs, leaks, or drainage problems, it may be more cost-effective in the long run to invest in a new sink. Upgrading to a higher-quality sink can minimise maintenance and repair expenses.
  8. Renovations / Remodelling Projects: When renovating or remodelling the kitchen area, homeowners often choose to replace their sinks to align with the new design and layout of the space. This allows for greater customization and integration with other elements in the kitchen.
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Replace Old And Stained Kitchen Sink For Better Hygiene
Water damage caused countertop to rot, resulting in detached kitchen sink

Water damage is a serious issue that can have far-reaching consequences, particularly when it affects kitchen countertops.

When water seeps into the countertop material, such as wood or particleboard, it can lead to rotting over time. Rotting countertops not only compromise the structural integrity of the kitchen but also create an unsightly and potentially hazardous environment.

As water damage progresses, the affected countertop material weakens, loses its stability, and becomes prone to detachment. In severe cases, the countertop may no longer be able to support the weight of the kitchen sink, causing it to detach from its mounting.

Detachment of the kitchen sink from the countertop poses several immediate and long-term consequences.

  • Firstly, it disrupts the functionality of the kitchen, rendering the sink unusable and disrupting daily activities such as cooking, cleaning, and dishwashing.
  • Secondly, it creates a safety hazard, as the detached sink may pose a risk of injury or further damage if it falls or shifts unexpectedly.
  • Additionally, water leakage from the detached sink can exacerbate existing water damage, leading to additional rot and deterioration of surrounding materials.
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A Drooping Undermount Kitchen Sink
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Drooping Sink – Closeup 1
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Drooping Sink – Closeup 2
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Rotten Wood Of Countertop Causing Sink To Droop – Left
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Rotten Wood Of Countertop Causing Sink To Droop – Right

It is clear that water damage-induced countertop rot leading to the detachment of the kitchen sink is a significant issue. For your safety, immediate attention and professional intervention is highly recommended.

Benefits of Kitchen Sink Replacement

Replacing your kitchen sink service offers several benefits, including:

  • Improved Functionality: Upgrading to a new sink with modern features such as deep basins, integrated drainboards, or touchless faucets can enhance usability and efficiency in the kitchen.
  • Enhanced Aesthetics: Choosing a stylish and contemporary sink design can elevate the visual appeal of your kitchen and increase its value.
  • Better Hygiene: Installing a new sink allows you to start fresh and maintain optimal hygiene standards in your kitchen, reducing the risk of bacterial growth or contamination.
  • Customisation Options: With a wide range of materials, finishes, and configurations available, replacing your kitchen sink service allows you to tailor the sink to your specific preferences and needs.
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Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink Detaching From Counter Top
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Replace Old And Dirty Overmount Sink

Choosing the Right Kitchen Sink

Consider factors such as material, size, configuration, and style when selecting a new kitchen sink. Stainless steel, granite composite, and porcelain are popular choices for kitchen sinks in Singapore homes.

Common Kitchen Sink Materials

There are several common materials used for kitchen sinks, each with its own advantages and characteristics:

  1. Stainless Steel: This is the most popular material for kitchen sinks due to its durability, affordability, and ease of cleaning.
  2. Porcelain or Ceramic: These materials are often used for traditional-style sinks. They are available in a wide range of colors and are easy to clean.
  3. Granite Composite: This material is known for its durability and resistance to scratches, stains, and heat. It’s also available in various colors.
  4. Cast Iron: Cast iron sinks are incredibly durable and resistant to damage. They are typically coated with enamel for a smooth and attractive finish.
  5. Copper: Copper sinks offer a unique aesthetic and have natural antimicrobial properties. However, they require more maintenance to prevent discoloration.
  6. Fireclay: Fireclay sinks are highly resistant to scratches, staining, and chipping. They are made by molding ceramic clay into the shape of the sink and then firing it at a high temperature to create a durable finish.
  7. Acrylic: Acrylic sinks are lightweight and available in a variety of colors. They are resistant to stains and scratches, but they may not withstand high heat as well as other materials.

Remember, the best material for your kitchen sink depends on your personal preferences, budget, and the style of your kitchen.

Upgrading Fixtures

While replacing the sink, consider upgrading other fixtures such as the faucet, soap dispenser, or garbage disposal for a complete kitchen refresh.

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Upgrade Old Kitchen Faucet

Step-by-Step Kitchen Sink Replacement


Start by gathering the necessary tools and materials for the replacement, including:

Shut Off Water Supply

Locate the shut-off valves underneath the sink and turn off the hot and cold water supply.

Disconnect Plumbing Connections

Use a wrench to disconnect the water supply lines and the P-trap underneath the sink. Place a bucket underneath to catch any residual water.

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Disconnect Plumbing Under Kitchen Sink
Remove Old Sink

Carefully loosen and remove any clips, screws, or adhesive securing the old sink to the countertop. Lift the old sink out of the countertop and set it aside.

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Remove Old Sink From Countertop
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Countertop Without Sink
Install New Sink

Place the new sink into the countertop cutout and ensure it is properly aligned. Secure the sink in place using clips or adhesive as recommended by the manufacturer. Sometimes homeowners may choose to reuse their old sinks due to budget concerns.

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Old Sink Reinstalled/Reused
Reconnect Plumbing

Reconnect the water supply lines and the P-trap underneath the sink. Use plumber’s putty or silicone sealant to create a watertight seal around the drain opening.

Test for Leaks

Turn on the water supply and check for any leaks around the connections. Tighten any fittings if necessary to eliminate leaks.

When to Call a Professional to Replace Sink

Replacing the kitchen sink may be necessary due to damage, corrosion, leakage, outdated design, hygiene concerns, incompatibility, frequent repairs, or remodelling projects. It is a worthwhile investment that can enhance the functionality, aesthetics, and hygiene of your kitchen.

If you’re unsure about the replacement process or encounter complex plumbing issues, don’t hesitate to seek professional assistance from Singapore Plumbing Works. Our trusted plumbers will ensure the sink replacement is done correctly and safely. Whether it is top-mount or under-mount sinks, our plumbing experts will be able to give you advice on the sink fittings and help install them for you.  

We will size up the job and provide you a free quotation.  We can supply the sink or you can choose to procure one yourself.  Upon your confirmation, our plumber will be dispatched to your doorsteps at your preferred date and time to get the replacement done for you. So contact us now for hassle-free service!


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