Replacing a laundry tub can be surprisingly simple because most tubs connect to standard supply tubing and drain pipes. Laundry tubs typically are freestanding, so making the connections is more comfortable than if you had to hook them up inside a sink cabinet. To make the process as simple as possible, measure the drain on your existing laundry tub, and buy a replacement that uses the same size. Standard bathroom faucets for 4-inch hole spacing work on most laundry tubs. Planning your next laundry renovations? Hitch Property Constructions has you covered!
Replace an Old Laundry Tub With a New One
Laundry, or utility, tubs serve a dual purpose. These heavy-duty, deep-basin tubs offer a range of uses, from cleanup after a project to bathing pets to fill a large bucket of water. Their placement near a washing machine provides a natural drain for your washer to flush itself after wash and rinse cycles and during the spin. While laundry tubs will last for years, wear and tear or other damage may result in you replacing the tub. While not a particularly difficult task, replacing a laundry tub requires a few tools and basic plumbing knowledge.
Out With the Old
- Locate and shut off the valves on the water lines that connect to your laundry tub. Turn the handle clockwise on each valve until the water is off.
- Open the hot and cold water knobs on the tub’s faucet to confirm that both the hot and cold lines are turned off. Allow as much water as possible to drain from the pipes.
- Place a bucket beneath the tub. Use tongue-and-groove pliers or a wrench to loosen and disconnect the nut holding the hot water line to the faucet. Repeat the process for the nut on the cold water line. Catch the residual water from the pipes in the bucket.
- Place the bucket below the drain pipe that extends from the bottom of the sink. Loosen and remove the slip nuts on the P-trap connecting the tub drain to the home’s drain line using the pliers. Remove the P-trap and dump its water into the bucket.
- Remove the laundry tub, being careful not to jostle or damage the water and drain lines that remain behind. If the tub does not lift easily, make sure that it is not screwed or bolted to the floor.
- Remove the mounting nuts on the tub faucet’s underside and lift the tap from the tub’s top.
In With the New
- Turn off the water supply to your current laundry tub. If the valves for each water supply are too challenging to turn clockwise by hand, use a crescent wrench to turn. If the valve still does not budge, spray some lubricant on the threads and allow it to soak in before trying again. Turn on the faucet and bleed the remaining water from the pipes. If water does not stop flowing from the tap, you need to tighten the appropriate valve — hot or cold — more.
- Remove the water supplies from beneath the tub. Use the crescent wrench to turn the nut that holds the supply line to the hot water valve until it comes loose and is no longer on the threads. Repeat with the cold waterside. Reach up and turn the nuts that hold the faucet securely to the tub counterclockwise to loosen. Please stand up and lift the faucet from the sink, and set it aside.
- Set a small bucket underneath the drain. Using a pipe wrench, loosen the nut that secures the drain. Turn counterclockwise until the nut is disengaged. You may need to remove a washer or connecting piece that holds the gutter in place. Use your hand or the pipe wrench to free the sink from this connection.
- Lift the tub off the drain and move it aside. Locate the perforated or marked “knockout” holes on the new tub for the faucet stub outs and the drain fitting. If there are no knockout locations, mark the faucet holes and drain as directed by the manufacturer.
- Cut the knockouts from the faucet area of the new tub. Use your utility knife to open the holes where the faucet will mount. The plastic is typically thinner in this area and easily cut with a razor blade.
- Turn the tub rear side up and set one of the legs into place at a corner of the tub. Put a piece of scrap wood over the foot of the leg and pound with a hammer or mallet until the portion is secure. The wood will protect the tub’s leg from damage. Repeat until you install all of the legs.
- Stand the tub up on its legs. Install the new faucet following the manufacturer’s directions. Depending on the faucet design, you may need to apply silicone caulk to seal the faucet base to the sink. Secure the faucet with the provided retaining nuts. Alternatively, install the old faucet onto the new tub. Fasten from underneath with the enclosed wing nuts. Turn the nuts clockwise by hand to secure them in place. Feed the new water supply lines into each pipe nipple, slide the locking nut over the supply line and thread each nut over the nipple to hold the supply in place.
- Position the tub in its final location and confirm that the drain hole is aligned with the drain piping. Anchor the tub to the wall with stainless steel wood screws, driving the screws into wall studs. Note: Not all tubs require anchoring, but it’s a good idea to secure lightweight tubs to prevent damage to the drain or supply lines caused by an accidental shifting of the tub.
- Lift the new tub and gently seat it on the drain pipe. Thread the drain connector and nut on the new tub drain, tightening with your hand in a clockwise motion. If you are concerned that you cannot pull the nut well enough by hand, use your pipe wrench to complete this step. Do not overtighten, especially if your faucet’s lines are plastic.
- Connect the water supplies to each side of the faucet. Slide the locking nuts over the hot water supply line, then feed the cable into the hot water valve. Tighten the nut with your crescent wrench and repeat with the cold waterside. Connect the P-trap to the tub drain and the home’s drain line. If necessary, trim the tub’s drain pipe with a hacksaw to fit correctly into the P-trap. Sand off any pieces or clinging plastic around the cut, using fine-grit sandpaper. Secure the P-trap at both ends with the original slip nuts, tightening the nuts with the pliers.
- Reopen the water valves by turning the handles counterclockwise.
Upgrade Your Laundry Sink
Replace a grungy laundry sink with a new one and upgrade with a soap dispenser and faucet with a pull-out spout. Check out a wide range of laundry renovations Melbourne services at Hitch Property Constructions.
Required Tools for this Project
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
- 4-in-1 screwdriver
- Adjustable wrench
- Drill/driver – cordless
- Hole saw kit
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.
- Braided stainless steel supply tubes
- New faucet
- New sink
- Soap dispenser
Buy a new sink and faucet.
Replacing a grungy old laundry sink is a simple Saturday morning project that will dramatically improve the looks of your laundry room. And you can make your sink more functional, too, by upgrading from a typical laundry faucet to a kitchen sink faucet with a convenient sprayer and soap dispenser.
You’ll find a selection of laundry sinks and kitchen faucets at home centres. Inspect your sink plumbing before you shop and make a list of the parts you’ll need. If your old strap assembly is chrome plated, consider replacing it with plastic. Plastic traps are easier to install and maintain. Also, buy flexible braided stainless steel supply tubes. They simplify the task of connecting the faucet to the water supply.
Remove the old sink.
Start by closing the water valves that lead to the faucet and disconnecting the supply tubes. Put a small pail under the trap to catch the water, remove the web by unscrewing the large slip nuts. Finally, remove screws that may secure the laundry sink to the wall and then remove the sink.
Install the new sink
Your new laundry sink may have punch-outs for a laundry faucet, but don’t use them if you are installing a kitchen faucet. Drill holes instead. Check your new faucet to determine the hole locations and mark them on the sink. Drill the holes with a 1-1/2-in. Hole saw. To enlarge an existing hole, clamp a scrap of wood to the bottom of the sink deck, under the existing hole. Then mark the new hole’s centre on the wood and drill the hole with a hole saw as you usually would. The wood scrap will keep the spot saw centred.
Mount the faucet and soap dispenser on the sink according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Then move the laundry sink into position. Hand-tighten the braided stainless supply tube nuts onto the valves and then tighten one more revolution to create a good seal. If you’re using new plastic drain parts, use a hacksaw to cut the trap arm and tailpiece to fit. Secure the sink to the wall with adhesive caulk or screws.
Choosing the right laundry tub
The laundry area is usually one part of the home that homeowners tend to neglect when designing a new home. Laundry rooms are often cold and dark because most people throw their dirty clothes into the washing machine and then into the dryer. However, laundry rooms should be designed to look great as well as being functional. Fortunately, there are many options for small laundry rooms that are both stylish and useful.
Most small laundry rooms are not big on storage. However, large laundry tubs can be useful in modern homes where the need for storage is excellent. One of the smartest things you can do when you are remodelling your laundry area is eliminated your old laundry tub for a useful and more functional laundry sink. Instead of installing a large cabinet or wardrobe, you might consider installing stainless steel sinks that serve as the vessel for your washcloths. These sinks look great and are incredibly functional.
Smaller laundry tubs can also have a benchtop installed underneath. This will allow for easy storage of folded laundry and other smaller items frequently used in the laundry room. A benchtop also makes it easier to do your washing and drying. When you are done, you remove the folded laundry from the benchtop and move it to the leading laundry tub. Benchtop sinks come in a variety of styles and colours to coordinate with your current decor. They are usually available in white, black, natural, and even pebble stone designs.
When you are looking at small laundry tubs, you will find two basic types of vessel sinks to choose from. These are the freestanding and cabinet style sinks. Freestanding sinks are, of course, freestanding. However, you must use a select drain to run the water from the tub to the sink. These types of sinks are not very practical if your laundry tubs have a limited amount of space.
Cabinet style sinks are the most popular in homes that have small kitchens. These are also the most practical option as they take up the least amount of space. The main problem with these laundry tubs is that one may have to cut the top off a kitchen sink to insert the stainless steel drain. Other than this and the occasional need to unscrew the drain, these are effective solution.
You also have the choice of using mop sinks and laundry tubs. Mop sinks are convenient in many situations. For example, drop-in mops will have a high level of detergent capacity. These are generally sold with a stainless steel cap that fits snugly on the top of the mop. The water is dropped right into the hat, and then the mop is emptied every time it is used. These types of maps are useful in bathrooms, but it is not practical for home laundry tubs.
Utility sinks are designed to be very versatile. This type of sink is the ultimate solution for people who live in tiny laundry rooms or spaces. Some utility sinks even have the option of being attached to the wall. These sinks are often called “proper” laundry tubs because they are intended to perform the same functions as other types of sinks. People who have a laundry room with limited space will benefit the most from this type of sink.
There are several different styles of plumbing for laundry tubs. You should carefully measure the space that you have available for your laundry rooms. You may find that the traditional pipe is just too big. The good thing is that there are various plumbing solutions out there for people who have smaller spaces.
Loads of fun with laundry tubs and taps
Some are big; some are small. Some are hidden; some are exposed. We’re still talking about laundry rooms, of course. The point is, every laundry is set up, designed and used differently.
Do you wash your dog in your laundry tub? Where do you sort and fold your washing? Do visitors walk through your laundry? Is there a bathroom attached, or would you like there to be one day? Choose laundry products that stand the test of time.
Function and style
What’s the number one thing people look for in a laundry tub? A lot of our customers want a laundry sink that can hold ice for a party. Good thing we have a wide range, so you can find a tub that looks good and keeps your beers cold. And soaks your laundry. Obviously. If it’s doubling as an ice bucket, you don’t want awkward taps getting in the way. We also give you
plenty of options for tapware. Overall, our range of laundry tubs and faucets allows function and style to come together.
Laundry tubs come in various materials, including acrylic, cast iron, stainless steel, and ceramic. Some are moulded from polymer, and others have polymer coatings, which is an effective way to make metal even more durable. Stainless steel is still the most common, with brushed stainless steel becoming more popular for its smooth, contemporary look.
You don’t have to limit yourself to searching for laundry products. Broader bathroom and kitchen tapware ranges and kitchen sink ranges are also suitable for your laundry room. There’s no reason your laundry room can’t have the same stunning matte black fittings as your bathroom or the same copper sink as your kitchen. Keep in mind that the laundry may be more prone to scratching and abrasion, especially if you wash pets or sporting equipment there.
Some tips to get you going
Put function first
Larger families or households usually need a large sink for pre-soaking and washing bulky items, but bench space is essential. Think about how much bench space you can sacrifice for tub size. Base it on your needs now and in the future.
If it’s a quick makeover
Simply replacing your tub and tapware can enhance your old laundry. If you have visible washing machine stops or taps, try and get new ones to match your new sink tapware.
If it’s a proper reno
Do you have one of those old, all-in-one sinks and cabinets? The ones that get warped and even rusted? We bet you’re glad to upgrade that! The good news is that contemporary designs are much nicer with soft-close drawers and matte black finishes. You don’t have to go all out on custom cabinetry for a new laundry renovation. We have a wide range of Melbourne laundry renovations services at Hitch Property Constructions.
If it’s a new build
Make sure your bench is big enough for your sink and tap mixer. You could always place the mixer to the side or in the wall if space doesn’t allow it. Work out these details with your plumber and cabinet maker first. Also, try and hide your washing machine taps, hose and power points in cupboards and under benches for the most streamlined look.