Many homeowners decide at some point to add a laundry room on the first floor of the house. They may be moving their laundry facilities upstairs from the basement or buying a washing machine and clothes dryer for the first time. It’s relatively common to have a toilet and small sink included in this room since plumbing will be installed anyway. However, many people don’t think about the benefits of having a single, or double wash tub sink hooked up to the plumbing. Planning your next laundry renovations? Hitch Property Constructions has you covered!
Depending on the room it’s installed, the home plumbing system can be divided into several sections, such as bathroom plumbing, kitchen plumbing, basement plumbing, laundry room plumbing, and so on. Each of these rooms or plumbing sections has different fixtures and appliances. And all these plumbing fixtures and appliances require proper care and maintenance. The laundry room is one of the most critical plumbing areas at home. The laundry room houses the washing machine, sinks, faucets, pipes, and many other plumbing fixtures and appliances. For smaller houses, some people use the basement as the laundry room. Sinks are some of the essential institutions in a laundry room. This is because we do a lot of washing in the laundry room and hence we need the sinks for this purpose. Ordinary sinks will serve you well in your laundry room. But if you want to make a laundry room work, install a utility sink. A utility sink is a significant sink usually mounted on the floor or wall of your laundry room.
What Is a Laundry Sink?
Often called a utility sink, a laundry sink is a rugged, large-capacity sink used primarily for cleaning or soaking clothing. A laundry sink is also used for washing items unrelated to apparel, such as paintbrushes. Laundry sinks are usually located in a laundry room or another peripheral area such as a basement or garage.
You can wash out filthy clothing in a laundry sink before putting it in the clothes washer. Even if your washer has a pre-soak function, you may still want to soak some clothing articles in a laundry sink.
Advantages Of Including A Utility Sink In The Laundry Room
If you’re planning to add a laundry room and haven’t thought about a utility sink, consider this feature’s advantages.
A Trap for Lint and Hair
With a drain hose from the washing machine emptying into the utility sink, you can easily filter out fabric lint and hair that washes off the clothes and heads typically toward the sewer pipe. Just ask a plumber, such as those from DiRosato Plumbing and Heating, to install a model that uses wide sink strainer baskets as a kitchen sink does.
Without an adequate filtration system, lint and hair can accumulate on tree roots that grow into the underground sewer pipe. That can cause a sewer backup.
A Place for Pre-Soaking and Hand-Washing
Because it has water taps and at least one faucet, a utility sink is a convenient place to soak laundry with stains, filthy or could benefit from a brightening cleanser. It also provides an easy way to hand-wash delicate items. Without the laundry washtub, filling buckets of water in the bathtub and soaking laundry that way is the next-best option.
A Tub for Washing Pets
Many dog owners resort to washing their canine companions in the bathtub, leaving behind a hairy mess and grungy bathtub ring. This all must be thoroughly cleaned before the next bath or shower use. A utility sink, in contrast, can typically be wiped down with some paper towels without worrying too much about whether it’s spotless.
An Area for Showering Houseplants
Houseplants generally benefit from having a shower once in a while, just as they would out in nature. You don’t need to be concerned about getting the bathtub dirty in a utility sink and having to wipe up plant debris. Attach a bath hose to the faucet and give the plants a spray.
A Place to Color Hair & Dye Clothing
Some individuals feel nervous about colouring their hair in the bathroom and risking staining the sink, shower or bath fixtures. They aren’t as concerned about whether some discolouration develops in the utility sink.
This washtub sink also provides an area where you can change or enhance the colour of clothing. You might want to soak some faded black pants in black dye, for example, or brighten up a dingy once-white shirt with a brand new colour. Even if you use a separate container inside the sink to protect your utility sink, you don’t risk splashing dye onto a bathtub or kitchen counter. Besides, you can give the clothing its first cold-water rinse in the utility sink.
A Sink for Doing Cleaning in the Laundry Room
In this sink, you can clean the washing machine’s detergent and fabric softener dispenser drawer, which tends to get grungy after a while. You’ll have a comfortable place where you can run water on cleaning rags or paper towels to wipe down the laundry equipment and everything else in the room.
If this room includes a toilet, you won’t need to have a separate sink for washing hands. Provide some soap and towels on a towel rack by the washtub.
If these six advantages sound appealing, include this feature in the floor plan when you have your laundry room added to the house.
Reasons To Install A Utility Sink In Your Laundry Room
A utility sink will come in handy when you want to wash filthy clothes or shoes. During the rainy season, when the outdoors is all muddy, you will have a hard time cleaning those muddy boots and clothes. This will be especially problematic if you have young kids roaming in your yard. You cannot wash those dirty clothes and shoes in your ordinary sinks, but you can use your utility sink to clean up the mess. Also, if your kids are at that tender age when they are always playing with paints or their pets, their clothes will get dirty and messy. You can clean all these dirty clothes in your huge utility sink without messing up the floor of your laundry room. Also, you should buy a utility sink made of excellent material like ceramic to ensure that it doesn’t stain or chip easily like your ordinary stainless steel sink. Using a standard sink to clean all that mud can cause clogging necessitating a drain service. Utility sinks have larger drains meaning that they will not clog easily when used for messy cleanups.
Hand Washing Laundry
Sometimes it’s more comfortable and more convenient to wash some of the clothes by hand. This can be an impossible task if you do not have a utility sink in your house. Those delicate clothes and any other laundry you wish to clean by hand will fit your utility sink nicely. You can even soak the clothes in the utility sink and clean them by hand later.
If you have some plants in your house, you probably use a small watering can or jug to water them. You can carry the plant pots to the utility sink for watering. You can use that opportunity to clean the surface where the plants are kept.
Utility sinks are the best places to wash your pet, especially during the chilly winter season. You can give your dog or cat a nice bath in your utility sink without messing the rest of the house.
For Soaking And Cleaning Oven Or Grill Racks
Those greasy ovens and grill racks should be soaked and washed in a utility sink. You will make a simple job of it if you dump your oven and grill racks in your utility sink.
Tips for Setting Up a Stylish and Functional Laundry Room Sink
Adding a sink to the laundry room opens up a whole new dimension in cleaning convenience, letting you easily pre-soak stained clothes in the same area as the washer and dryer. The sink is bound to go above and beyond laundry duty, too, as the perfect spot for tidying up after kids’ crafts, washing out paintbrushes, or even giving houseplants a good soak. A bit of forethought is wise; however, to ensure that this addition will serve you well, consider the following laundry room sink ideas: equal parts functional, stylish, and affordable. Check out a wide range of laundry renovations Melbourne services at Hitch Property Constructions.
Locate the laundry room sink as near the washer as possible.
If you have space and the layout and plumbing to accommodate it, position the laundry sink next to the washer. This will make it less of a hassle to move wet clothes from the sink to the washer. If you’re soaking something large, like a bedspread or a sleeping bag, you certainly won’t want to carry it sopping and dripping across the room.
Opt for a large, deep basin.
Laundry room sinks see a lot of activity, so this is no place to skimp on size. A sink with a basin that’s a minimum of 15 inches deep offers ample space for soaking large items or craft use, such as dyeing fabrics. With a deep gulf, you may even be able to bathe the family pooch. If you need even more functionality and have the room, consider a double-basin sink, which features two 16-inch deep bowls and is a full 40 inches wide.
Install a functional faucet.
Tiny faucets need not apply! To take full advantage of a laundry sink, select a high-arching tap with a pull-down sprayer. Low-profile faucets can block access to portions of the sink, which reduces functionality, and a sprayer is essential for rinsing all parts of the sink.
Alternatively, you could choose a high-arching faucet that comes with a side sprayer. A side sprayer hose is often more extended (20 to 28 inches) than a pull-down sprayer (12 to 18 inches), making it handy for filling buckets or pails on the countertop.
Maximize workspace with a sink board.
Laundry rooms are often on the small side, so a large laundry sink could take up most countertop space, leaving you with little room to sort dirty items and fold freshly dried clothes. The solution is a sink board positioned over the basin when you need an additional workstation. Some sinks come with panels, but you can make your own out of plywood and paint it to match the cabinets and trim in the laundry room.
Trick out a standard laundry room sink.
A primary stand-alone laundry sink will surely be more about function than form, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress it up a bit. Camouflage the legs and any supplies you stow below with a pretty sink skirt attached to the base. You can sew it yourself out of a water-repellent fabric in a colour that complements your laundry room or purchases an inexpensive self-stick version.
How to Choose a Laundry Room Sink
Laundry sinks are back. Once the only way to wash clothing, laundry sinks and basins were later supplanted by efficient automatic washers and dryers that did it all—but at the cost of high energy use.
As homeowners searched for more green-friendly ways to clean, they discovered the benefits of older but energy-smart technologies such as clotheslines, phosphate-free detergents, and laundry sinks. Laundry sinks let you tackle many of life’s dirtier moments without putting undue strain on your washer. They’ll also let you clean many other items that you would never think of cleaning in your home’s other sinks.
Types of Laundry Sinks
Freestanding or Floor-Mounted Laundry Sinks
A freestanding or floor-mounted laundry sink is a large single- or double-basin that comes with its legs. Either the legs are already attached to the basin, or they come separately.
If you want the most basic, inexpensive laundry sink possible, the freestanding laundry sink may be what you need. Most freestanding sinks are in the $80 to $200 price range, with basins as deep as 24 inches. Installation is easy since this type of sink only needs to be secured to the back wall and the plumbing lines attached.
Wall-Mounted Laundry Sinks
Wall-mounted laundry sinks attach directly to the wall of the laundry room. Due to weight restrictions, wall-mounted laundry sinks much connected directly to wall studs located behind the drywall.
Wall-mount laundry sinks are best if space is limited because they are raised above the floor: storage below is available.
Base Cabinet-Mounted Laundry Sinks
Combine a bathroom vanity cabinet with a laundry sink, and you essentially get a base cabinet-mounted laundry sink. This type of sink has a simple, useful cabinet on the bottom with doors, plus the sink on top.
These sinks are best if you want to maintain the appearance of your laundry room. These streamlined units hide the lower plumbing, and they provide limited storage, usually for cleaning items. These sinks have less capacity than other sinks: 10 to 15 gallons is a typical capacity instead of 20 gallons for freestanding or wall-mounted laundry sinks.
Drop-In or Undermount Laundry Sinks
Drop-in or under-mount laundry sinks attach to existing countertops mounted on base cabinets. Drop-in (also called self-rimming) sinks are inserted, from the top, in large holes cut in the countertop. Undermount sinks attach to the bottom of the countertop under similarly sized holes.
These laundry sinks work well if you want to help the sink aesthetically blend into the laundry room. They are also useful if you expect to use the laundry sink frequently since the countertop runs directly against the sink, providing you with a nearby, same-level workspace. Like base cabinet-mounted laundry sinks, these sinks tend to be large in width and length but shallow.
Since laundry sinks’ basins can become stained, dirty, and scratched over time, it is easy to view them as safe dumping zones for hazardous chemicals, paint, and paint thinners. This is not so. Laundry sinks drain into your home’s regular sewage line and from there into municipal sewer mains or septic tanks. We have a wide range of Melbourne laundry renovations services at Hitch Property Constructions.
Dirt and other heavy solids, too, will clog laundry sinks’ traps and drainage lines. Use removable filters at the upper drain level to catch these materials and prevent them from entering more extensive drainage lines.