When it comes to installing an undermount sink, you may be wondering if the process is difficult. The truth of the matter is that installing an undermount sink can seem daunting at first, but with a little bit of knowledge and preparation, this process becomes much easier!
In this article, we will show you how to install an undermount sink for your quartz countertop. We’ll start by giving some information on what tools are necessary for installation, then give step-by-step instructions on how to get started. Finally, we’ll provide some tips on how to make the installation process as smooth as possible.
So let’s get started!
What You'll Need
Before you can install your undermount sink, there are a few tools that you will need:
A level is necessary to ensure that your sink is installed evenly and correctly.
#2: Tape measure
A tape measure is necessary to get the correct dimensions for your sink.
3#: Chisel and Hammer
If you are installing a granite or quartz countertop, you will need a chisel and hammer to remove the old sink.
#4: Silicone Caulking
Silicone caulk is necessary to seal the countertop and sink together.
How to Prepare Unermount Sink For Installation
When it comes to the installation of your sink, you will first need to prepare by cleaning and degreasing both surfaces. Make sure to follow these steps when cleaning your countertop to ensure the best possible results.
Step One: Clean the Countertop
The first step is to clean the countertop. Make sure that all dirt, dust and grease are removed from the surface. You can use a cleaning agent such as acetone or alcohol to do this.
Step Two: Degrease the Countertop
The next step is to decrease the countertop using a degreaser such as trichloroethylene or methylene chloride. This will remove all of the oils and waxes from the surface.
Step Three: Dry the Countertop
Once you have cleaned and degreased the countertop, it is important to make sure that it is completely dry before moving on. You can use a cloth or paper towel to do this.
How to Install Undermount Sink for Quartz Countertops
Now that we have prepared the surface for installation, let’s take a look at how to install the sink itself.
Step One: Preparing the Sink
The first thing to do is attach some plumber’s putty along the bottom of your sink. You can also apply a bead of silicone on top if you like, but this isn’t required for most sinks. Place it in the center and make sure that there are no spaces between your countertop surface and where it meets the sink.
Step Two: Installing the Sink
Now it’s time to install your sink! You’ll need a helper for this part. Align the sink with the hole on your countertop and have your assistant hold it in place while you tighten the screws. Make sure that everything is level before tightening them completely.
Step Three: Testing the Sink
Once the sink is in place, it’s time to test it out. Run some water over the top and check for any leaks. If everything looks good, give your countertops a final wipe down to remove any remaining putty or silicone and you’re done!
Step Four: Cutting the Countertop
If you have a solid surface countertop, then all that’s left is to cut it down. Use a circular saw and set it at about 50 degrees from horizontal. Set your guide on where you want the sink to go and slowly move up until the blade meets the quartz countertop. Then make sure it’s flush to your surface.
Step Five: Cleaning Up the Edges
Once you have cut along that line, it’s time to clean up those edges and remove any debris leftover from cutting. Use a glass polisher with an 80 grit pad attached to get rid of all remaining saw marks on the countertop. Then use 120 or 220-grit sandpaper to smooth everything out.
Step Six: Sealing the Countertop
Now that your countertops are installed, it’s time to seal them! This will help protect them from staining and etching in the future. Use a quality quartz sealer like Silestone or Cambria and follow the instructions closely.
Step Seven: Applying a Butcher Block Treatment
If you have wooden butcher block countertops, it’s important to treat them with oil every few months. This will help keep them looking good and prevent any staining or warping.
Step Eight: Cleaning the Countertops
To clean your quartz countertops, use a mild soap and water mixture. Avoid using any harsh chemicals or abrasive materials, as they can scratch the surface.
Step Nine: Enjoy Your New Countertops!
Now it’s time to enjoy your brand new countertops. Quartz is a great choice for many different reasons, including durability and resistance to stains.
Step Ten: Finishing Up the Job
All that’s left when you’re done with this project is to congratulate yourself on doing such an awesome job! Whether you’re doing this for a friend or yourself, you should be proud of your work and leave behind an amazing finished product.
How to Replace Old Undermount Sink With New One?
When it comes to replacing an old sink with a new one, you have several options. These include:
- Replacing the existing undermount sink in your kitchen or bathroom with a new model of similar style and design
- Purchasing a brand-new undercounter sink compatible with the countertops installed in your kitchen or bath
- Installing a brand new undermount sink to quartz, and then replacing the rest of your countertop with matching granite or marble.
Replacing an Old Undermount Sink With New One: The Most Common Options
If you are looking for ways on how to replace the old undermount sink in the kitchen or bathroom, follow these 7 easy steps:
Step One: Disconnect the Water Supply
Turn off the water supply to the sink by closing the valve located under the sink. This will cut off all water flow to the faucet and prevent any potential flooding.
Step Two: Remove Faucet and Drain Assembly
Using a wrench, disconnect the faucet from the drain assembly. This can be a bit tricky, so be careful not to damage the faucet in the process.
Step Three: Remove Sink from Countertop
Use a screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the sink in place on the countertop. If there is caulk around the edge of the sink, use a utility knife to cut it free before pulling the sink away from the countertop.
Step Four: Install a New Undermount Sink to Quartz
If you want to replace an old undermount sink with a new one, but do not have any existing quartz countertops in your kitchen or bathroom, now is the time to install them instead of replacing only the sink. If installing a brand new sink to quartz, use the measurements provided by the manufacturer to cut and shape the quartz slab to fit snugly around the sink.
Step Five: Clean and Prep Surface for New Sink Installation
Use a degreaser or cleaner to clean the surface where the new sink will be installed. This will help ensure a good seal between the sink and the quartz countertops.
Step Six: Apply Silicone Caulk
Apply a bead of silicone caulking around the edge of the sink. This will create a watertight seal between the sink and the quartz countertops.
Step Seven: Secure Sink in Place and Reconnect Water Supply
Once the caulk has dried, reinstall the sink to the countertop. Use a screwdriver to secure it in place and connect the water supply lines to the faucet according to manufacturer instructions.
What to Consider Before Installation
Consider these tips before the installation:
- Check the sink for any damages and if there are, please contact the supplier.
- Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
- Clear out the working area and make sure you have all of the necessary tools on hand.
- Make sure your sink and faucet match with the countertop.
- Make sure you have a waste line in place.
- Determine whether or not you need extra support to secure the sink, such as Silicone Caulk, adhesive, etc. Some sinks may require additional support for installation purposes. You can find more information about this in the manufacturer’s instructions.
- If the sink is going to be used in an outdoor area, make sure it is made of a material that can withstand the weather elements.
What to Consider After the Installation
Consider these factors:
- Is the sink secure?
If not, fix it.
- Does water leak from any of the faucets or drains?
If so, you may need to go back and check your connections again. Make sure that everything is connected securely before using them! You can also consider hiring a plumber for this task if needed.
- Is the sink draining properly?
If not, you may need to clear the pipes. There are a few ways to do this; one is to use a plunger. Another is to pour boiling water down the drain (be careful not to splash yourself!). Yet another way is to use a chemical drain cleaner. However, if you have a septic tank, you should avoid using chemical drain cleaners.
- Is the sink level?
If not, you may need to go back and check your connections again. Make sure that everything is connected securely before using them! You can also consider hiring a plumber for this task if needed.
- Is water draining from any of the faucets or drains too quickly?
If so, turn off all of those faucets and drain valves, then wait for about five minutes. Then turn the faucets back on slowly to let out just a little water at first–if you hear any gurgling or bubbling sounds, that means there’s air coming through your pipes! Try closing one of the valves (s) after letting it run for around 30 seconds. If the sound disappears, you’ve found the problem valve!
- Have you cleaned the new sink yet?
You should give it a good cleaning before using it. This will help remove any of the dust or debris that may have gotten on it during installation.
- Is there enough space around the sink so that it doesn’t bump into other objects in your bathroom?
If not, you may need to remove some of the other objects, like cabinets. If this isn’t an option (if your bathroom is too small for example), then you can purchase a smaller sink that will fit into the space available.
Once everything is level and functioning properly, give your sink a good cleaning! Sink manufacturers usually include a cleaning kit with your purchase, but if not you can use baking soda and vinegar or just hot water and dish soap. Make sure to wipe down the countertop around the sink too, as there may be some adhesive or sealant residue leftover.
DON'Ts for Perfect Installation
- Don’t try to do it yourself if you’re not experienced. This is a job for the pros.
- Don’t use any sealants that contain silicone. Silicone will react with the quartz and create streaks.
- Don’t forget to measure twice and cut once! The last thing you want is to have to order another quartz countertop.
- Don’t try to cut corners or rush the process! One wrong move and you’ll have a cracked sink base, which will be more work for you in the long run.
DOs for Perfect Installation
- Do use an experienced fabricator who knows exactly what they are doing when it comes to installing undermount sinks.
- Do measure twice and cut once! It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your new quartz countertop.
- Do use non-silicone-based sealants like polyurethane or even epoxy if you want some extra protection for the sink base against scratches, stains, etc…
Practical Things To Keep In Mind
- If you’re using a stainless steel sink, make sure that the faucet is high enough so that water doesn’t splash onto the countertop.
- If your sink has a heavy-duty sound dampening pad (like our Staron models), you may want to consider adding some extra insulation between the quartz and sink to avoid any additional sound.
- If your sink is not a Staron model, you might want to consider adding some kind of insulation between the quartz and sink from underneath in order to keep condensation from collecting on the countertop. This will also reduce noise sounds when water hits the bottom of the stainless steel.
If you’re looking to install an undermount sink to quartz, be sure to follow these DOs and DON’Ts for a perfect installation. And if you’re still feeling unsure, it’s always best to consult with a professional installer!
A: No, you should only use silicone-free sealants. Silicone will react with the quartz and create streaks.
A: It is possible to do this, but it is not recommended. If you are unsure of how to do it, it is best to consult with a professional installer.
A: No, this is a job for the pros. Trying to do it yourself could lead to disaster.
A: If your sink is not a Staron model, you might want to consider adding some kind of insulation between the quartz and sink from underneath in order to keep condensation from collecting on the countertop. This will also reduce noise sounds when water hits the bottom of the stainless steel.
A: Yes, you should always go with a trusted professional for the job who knows exactly what they are doing when it comes to installing undermount sinks. Using a first-timer can lead to disaster and costly repairs down the road!
A: You should consider using a non-silicone-based sealant like polyurethane or even epoxy. This will offer some additional protection for your sink base.
A: Yes, you can still do this. However, water may splash onto the countertop because of a higher faucet. You will want your faucet to be at least six inches above the top of your new quartz (or stainless steel) sink.
A: If your stainless steel sink is not a Staron model, you might want to consider adding some kind of insulation between the quartz and sink from underneath in order to keep condensation from collecting on the countertop. This will also reduce noise sounds when water hits the bottom of the stainless steel.
A: No, you should not add extra insulation between your sink and quartz if it is a Staron model because they already come with sound dampening pads. It will be unnecessary and potentially cause problems in this case.