How big should Utility Sink Be?

kftobySeptember 26, 2011

My front load washing machine discharges into an ugly, warped utiltiy sink that I would like to replace. How big of a sink is really necessary? Is there a formula for figuring it out? Such as how much water does machine use, size of drain hole in sink, etc...??? I would really love to use a small deep kitchen-type sink since other than the washing machine, it is used mostly for cleaning paintbrushes and football cleats! Thanks, k

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randy427

I like mine to be large enough to hold the wash and rinse water from one load of laundry, just in case the drain gets blocked.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2011 at 6:22PM
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asolo

Umm....you can't figure out how big a sink you need or want? Really?

    Bookmark   September 26, 2011 at 8:49PM
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ionized_gw

I think the question is whether there are any regulations governing this issue, like, does the sink have to hold enough water for one cycle of laundry in case he drain plugs.

If you want to contain one cycle, plug the drain and watch one cycle to see if the current sink is the right size for that.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2011 at 7:10PM
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davidro1

ikea has a cute one.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2011 at 3:11PM
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brickeyee

"I think the question is whether there are any regulations governing this issue, like, does the sink have to hold enough water for one cycle of laundry in case he drain plugs. "

No regulations.
You could discharge into a standpipe and have NO place to collect the water if the drain clogs.

It depends on how much space you have and how much risk you are willing to take if the drain clogs.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2011 at 3:33PM
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mhudson

If you are replacing the sink, why not take the time to add a proper stand pipe onto which to hang the washer's drain hose?

As far as the drain clogging, that usually happens in the sink's drain basket which is well before the standpipe.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2011 at 3:45PM
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brickeyee

"If you are replacing the sink, why not take the time to add a proper stand pipe onto which to hang the washer's drain hose? "

Some of us much prefer a sink that can hold a loads worth of water.
At least you have a chance of not flooding with a clog.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2011 at 3:54PM
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