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How big should Utility Sink Be?

Posted by kftoby (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 26, 11 at 14:01

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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RE: How big should Utility Sink Be?

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.


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RE: How big should Utility Sink Be?

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


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RE: How big should Utility Sink Be?

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.


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RE: How big should Utility Sink Be?

ikea has a cute one.


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RE: How big should Utility Sink Be?

"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.


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RE: How big should Utility Sink Be?

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.


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RE: How big should Utility Sink Be?

"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.


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