Turn off the water faucets. Also, to ensure that no one turns on the faucets while you're working, turn off the water supply valves, usually located behind the piping under the sink. Typically, there is a separate valve for hot and cold water.
Place a shallow bucket or large pan directly under the U-shaped area of the sink drain known as the grease trap. This will catch any water still in the pipes when you remove the grease trap.
Locate the coupling nuts (threaded joint covers) at both ends of the grease trap, and, using your wrench, turn the coupling nuts counter-clockwise until they are loose. Slide the loosened coupling nuts away from the pipe joints.
Wiggle the grease trap back and forth until it separates from the other pipes and set it aside. Remove the coupling nut (if present) from the bottom of the strainer basket assembly. This will remove the last remaining segment of pipe from the bottom of the sink.
Locate the rubber gasket at the top of the strainer basket, directly against the bottom of the sink. Loosen the locknut that secures the strainer basket to the bottom of the sink. If the components are old, they could stick. Use a flat-head screwdriver to gently pry the parts apart. Remove the rubber gasket and the strainer basket.
Things You Will Need
- Shallow bucket or large pan
- Pipe wrench or monkey wrench
- Flat-head screwdriver
- If your pipes are made of iron, they may be harder to remove. The older the pipes are the more fragile they are. It's a good idea to replace these pipes with the most updated PVC or plastic pipes available. When the job becomes too difficult, always consult a professional plumber.