You don’t need expert knowledge to mount a pot filler in your kitchen. Before you install the pot filler, you need to have a water line. So, do you have a pot filler water line already? This guide will learn each step of installing a pot filler water line in your kitchen.
Before you begin the installation process, you must have the following tools ready and with you.
- Hacksaw or powered miter saw
- PEX cutter
- Hole saw
- Rib-joint pliers
- Channel-type pliers
- Pipe wrench
- Adjustable wrench
- Plumber’s tape
- Drilling machine
- Fire-resistant cloth
Steps of Mounting a Water Line for Pot Filler:
Step 1: Turning Off Water Supply
Before you begin any plumbing work in or out of your home, the first thing you must do is to shut down the main valve’s water supply.
Locate the shut-off water valve to your kitchen. This will prevent accidental water spillage.
After that, make sure you open all the kitchen faucets to release the water line pressure.
Step 2: Determine the Distance Between Current Water Line and Cooker
This is crucial as it will help you know the length of the pipe you require. However, this depends on your current water line.
If it is inside your kitchen wall, you should drill through the wall. The same phenomenon works if it is outside, but it won’t be challenging as inside.
Step 3: Drilling and Fix the Water Line
After you have known the distance between your water line and the cooker, you will start drilling the hole where the pipes will pass.
Start fixing the pipes from the current water line to your stove.
When you finish, start sealing the waterline with concrete (a mixture of sand, cement, and water) or expanding foam filler. Before fastening the areas with these substances, make the surfaces moist for faster curing.
NB: Before sealing, make sure you have correctly fitted and tightened the pipes. You should also insert a filter on the water line’s junction as the water will be solely for food preparation.
Step 4: Testing
Before you finally say that you have mounted the water line to your pot filler, you must do a test.
Put a bucket or basin on the pot filler (not yet installed) outlet, then open the valve of your kitchen’s water line.
If there is no leakage at the joints, then the water line is safe for use.
Note: Ensure that you use the plumber’s tape at all pipe joining. Also, at the joint between the pot filler’s water line and your kitchen sink water line, make sure you put a valve.
It will be handy in case of any leakages, or you want to replace the pot filler without shutting off your kitchen’s water supply.
Where Should a Pot Filler be Placed?
Now that you are done fixing the pot filler water line, the next phase will be fitting the pot filler.
You should ensure that you have ordered a pot filler days before installing the waterline. This will make work more manageable as you will do all that work in a day.
The pot filler should be placed above your cooker.
How to Mount a Pot Filler?
Before you begin, you require to have the following things
- Plumber’s tape or sealant
- Threaded pipe (both sides)
All other tools are found in the pot filler package.
Step 1: Attaching the Threaded Pipe
You should attach the threaded pipe to the water line’s hose. The threaded pipe should be two and a half inches.
Ensure you apply a sealant or put the plumber’s tape on the threaded pipe to prevent water leakage.
Step 2: Mounting Plate
Place the mounting plate on the wall. Before that, you must mark the points where you will screw the plate on the wall.
Don’t drill deep holes. Measure the screw length before drilling. This is to prevent the plate from shaking.
Finally, using a screw driver, fix the mounting plate tightly.
Step 3: Install the Pot Filler
Fit the pot filler to the threaded pipe you fixed on the waterline. On the side, you fit the threaded conduit, make sure you apply a sealant or place the tape to prevent leakage from the pot filler’s joining.
Tighten the pot filler but don’t overdo it as it may damage the threads of the pot filler or pipe and cause minimal water leakage that might destroy your wall.
Note: Don’t use too much pressure when tightening the pot filler.
Wow! You have finished installing your new pot filler water line and pot filler.
This will now be making cooking easy and will reduce the chances of kitchen accidents from occurring.
Essential Points to Note When Installing a Pot Filler Water Line:
You might not have understood somethings in the steps above. But when installing the pot filler and its waterline, you should ensure you do the following.
- You must turn off your water supply to your kitchen before you begin.
- Ensure you have the know-how of installing the water line and pot filler. If you don’t know, please contact or hire a professional.
- The pot filler’s water line should have a filter.
- Raise the height of the pot filler if you have large cooking pots.
- Don’t apply too much pressure when tightening the threads
Mounting a pot filler and fixing its water line is an easy task. However, it would be best if you had all tools ready. In case you don’t know how it is done, please employ a professional to install it.