How To Remove A Kitchen Sink That Is Glued Down

Have you have had a sink glued down, and you are trying to remove it? It can be frustrating most time. And, this is a typical problem among homeowners, especially those whose sink has stayed over a couple of years.

To remove a kitchen sink that is glued down can be frustrating, it can be less stressful and possible if you carefully go through all the steps outlined below.

What are the Tools You Need To Remove A Kitchen Sink that is Glued Down?

Here are the appropriate tools you need for this job to be successful. They are:

  • A putty knife
  • Heat gun or hairdryer
  • Pipe wrench
  • Small bucket
  • Old towel
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Work gloves

How To Remove Sink that Glued Down

It is highly advised that you take a picture of the plumbing setup underneath your sink before removing the unit in case something goes wrong during the process.

Duly ensure to carefully follow the steps below for easy and quick removal of a glued-down sink.

Step 1: Prepare The Kitchen for the Process

The first step towards the removal process is to prepare the kitchen. This is done by thoroughly cleaning the kitchen, turning off the electricity, the water, and the gas. This first process ensures that your kitchen is safe to work in.

Also, you will need to remove all the heavy kitchenware and pieces of equipment that may serve as barricades. Also, do remember to remove all fittings, plumbing fixtures, disconnect all knobs, lighting fixtures, and tapware from your kitchen.

If the surface of your kitchen is very smooth or expensive, you can spray cloth over it to avoid damaging or scratching it.

Step 2: Disconnect Dishwashers

After you are done preparing the kitchen, the next thing is to disconnect the dishwasher. You need to unplug the dishwasher and move it over to the kitchen’s side. For the garbage disposal attached to the dishwasher, you must discard it.

In disconnecting garbage disposal from dishwashers, check the manual book and follow the laid down instructions to avoid any damage. You probably may ask why you will remove the dishwasher. Removing them helps create space around the sink so that you fully concentrate on the work without any form of hindrance.

Step 3: Disconnect The Drain Pipe

After disconnecting the dishwasher, the next step is to disconnect the drain pipes. You can use an adjustable wrench to put off the supply lines and drain pipes. Make sure that the drainpipe is entirely detached from the sink.

Step 4: Drain Out the Remaining Water

Check the pipe; if any water is remaining, carefully drain them until there is nothing left inside. You can place a bucket under the sink to let the remaining water run out. Once you notice the drain is empty, remove the bucket.

Step 5: Detach The Faucet

Unlike other mentioned steps, detaching the faucet is an optional step. You can only disconnect the faucet if you are removing undermount sink from granite epoxy. To disconnect, all you have to do is to turn off the main valves and open the faucet to release pressure. Afterwhich loosen the nuts and remove the tubes.

Step 6: Detach The Sink Clips

The next step is to use a screwdriver to loosen up the screws. This process can be very easy or frustrating, depending on the type of glue used for the kitchen sink.

For harder screws, take a utility knife and put it between the sink and the granite counter to remove the sink clips,  If the sink is attached with liquid nails, this will require additional force to remove the sink clips.

Step 7: Removing Dried Liquid Nails

Removing dried liquid nails from the sink may seem impossible at first, but there is a way that you can go around it.

You will need to soften the construction adhesive areas with a blow dryer to soften the liquid nails, Once you have done that and the glue starts melting, immediately use a putty knife to scrape off the liquid nails,  after you are done, immediately wipe the surface to remove any debris.

Step 8: Removing The Sink

After removing the sink clips and liquid nails, the next step is to remove the sink as a whole.

In removing the sink, first, you have to remove the undermount sink epoxy if it is glued down. After that, remove the support from underneath the sink and carefully lower the sink.

Step 9: Post Cleaning

After you have successfully removed the glued sink, the kitchen space will become messy; hence the need to clean it.  Thoroughly clean all remaining glue and old adhesive off the countertop material, including the surface area too. Clean off all debris all the floor, gather the rubbish and dispose of them.

Next, you will have to fix a new kitchen sink, this takes us to our next section.

How To Fix A New Kitchen Sink

To fix a new kitchen sink, you need some instruments to be successful, and they are:

  • Rubber hammer
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Silicone sealant
  • Screwdriver
  • Plumber’s putty

The steps to fixing a new sink include:

  1. Attach the clips

The first step is to attach back the clips to the sink’s underside. When it is properly fixed, bring in the sink taps, you can use the old sink’s own or you get a new one. Sloe the taps in the right holes. (follow the laid down steps in the manual)

2. Add a sealant to the underside

Add a ring of plumber’s putty around the sink’s underside. Make sure it is done tightly. Afterward, lean the sink on its side and attach the rubber caps to the drain strainers’ bottom. Next is to thoroughly run silicon sealant around all the edges of the sink.

3. Add the sink into the countertop

Next is to add the sink into the countertop, make sure it fits in properly.

4. Tighten the clips

Use a flathead screwdriver to tighten up the clips to lock your new sink into the cutout.

5. Connect the water supply

Next is to connect the sink to a water supply using an adjustable wrench.

6. Add Additional sealant

When you are done and you confirm everything is in place, next, you have to run an additional sealant layer.

It is advised that if you aren’t skilled enough in this matter that you should consult a local technician to come to fix the sink. But if the sink is an easy one, you can try it out by going through these steps.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 How do you remove a glued undermount sink?

In removing a glued undermount sink, do check the head. If the head is of silicone caulk; you can use a utility knife to cut through it. After which, you run the knife around the space between the sink and the countertop on the inside of the sink. Do it severally to ensure that the silicone is complexly cut. Next is to break the glue bond and remove the sink.

How do you remove a glued-down vanity top?

For a glued sown vanity top, use a box cutter, or better still a putty knife to cut away the caulk indicating where the countertop meets your cabinets and walls. Next, apply the caulk softener, and allow it to settle for a minimum of one hour and, then wiggle the putty knife up and down the seams. When you noticed that seams are becoming loose,  use the pry bar to loosen it further.

How do you remove a glued Corian countertop?

In removing a glued Corian countertop, you first have to use a wrecking bar to pry the countertops up that is wedged between the cabinet and countertop. Wedging helps to loosen the adhesive part making it easy to remove the glued-down countertops.

How do I remove a glued quartz countertop?

For a glued quartz countertop, use a hammer and a pry bar to pry the countertop in order to loosen it.  In case, you run into a caulk or epoxy seam which can be difficult to loosen,  use a utility knife to pry the caulk or seam instead of applying too much force. Prying the front of the countertop, until it becomes loose.


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