Pedestal sinks have become a popular and space saving item in
homes. They are also pleasing to the eye, as far as bathroom equipage
goes. Recently, we have encountered several such sinks during our
home inspections. Now, encountering them may not seem that strange,
what we are finding, however, that is strange, is the manner in which
they are installed.
When installing a pedestal sink, if the back of the pedestal is enclosed,
chances are likely that the wall will have to be opened up in order to
move up the drain. With the wall opened, support should be installed in
the sheetrock in order to properly anchor the basin to the wall. There
are two hollowed out areas on each side of the lower backside of the
basin, in which the bolts can be installed. What we are finding, is that
the bolts have not been installed.
It is true that the pedestal is caulked to the floor and the basin is
caulked to the wall to insure support. This occurs in the closed back
and the open - backed pedestal style of sink. However,omitting the
bolts which anchor the basin to the wall can become a safety issue,
particularly for those families with children. Children love to climb and
hang, and could quite possibly apply enough pressure to yank the sink
from the wall.
Hardware stores offer toggle bolts in plastics and metals, that can be
used. The support those offer could be in question, though. As in most
scenarios, it is better to be safe than sorry. Also, keep in mind that even
though opening up your wall to install proper support might be hard
work, or costly right now, it is a measure that will save you money and
time in the long run.
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