Sink strainer Options
Kitchen sink strainer is a very important feature that you should consider for the sake of your kitchen plumbing. The small holed metal screen of the strainer cup allows water to drain while filtering all the large debris that can end up clogging the pipe. A sink strainer prevents utensils and other silverware from going down the tube. It can also rescue jewelry like bracelets and rings that are removed when preparing food from going down the drain.
Choosing a sink strainer
There are many sink strainer options. Some sinks are sold with a sink strainer installed while others are sold without. If the sink you purchase does not have a strainer, you can purchase it separately. All sink strainers have a standard fit and any strainer can fit in the opening of your sink and the drain pipe. The type of sink strainer that you choose will depend on your preference.
The types and prices of a sink strainer
A durable strainer that is made from stainless steel can last a lifetime. They are well-constructed with high quality steel and they are corrosion resistant. Sink strainer can also be made with plastic. However, this type of strainer is less durable compared to one that is made using metal like brass and finished in chrome or nickel.
The price of a sink strainer depends with its quality of material used and it ranges from $5 to above $100.
How to install a sink strainer
Proper installation of a sink strainer leads to proper performance; otherwise, you may end up with a leaky sink. The tools needed are a pair of channel lock drivers, a flathead screwdriver, a nut wrench and a silicone sealant or plumber’s putty. You should have the following parts of the sink strainer; the cup of the strained, a paper friction ring, a locknut, a rubber gasket and parts to hook the tailpiece to drainpipe.
· Roll a ball of putty into a snack size, and then place it around the sink’s clean opening for sealant.
· Press the strainer’s cup into the opening.
· Slip the paper friction ring and rubber gasket from the underside.
· Screw the Locknut using your hands; hold the strainer cup with the needle nose pliers while tightening the lock nut.
· Use your fingers to clean the excess putty around the drain.
· Finally, install the tailpiece and run the tap to check for any leak.