How to Install a Utility Sink | Shelly Rhoades’s Guide

A utility sink is one of the most important things in your home. It is a must-have system for your laundry and facilitates you in many things. If you want to install it, you don't need adequate plumbing stills. It can be installed quite quickly in just a few simple steps.

Installing a utility sink is like plumbing a bathroom sink.

Now, of course, the best approach is to break open the basement floor to install the entire sink from the beginning and fixing the venting pipe as well, but it is not necessary.

In case it is essential, it is better to hire a professional plumber, as it won't be possible for you to handle it on your own.

Which Tool You Need

  • Crescent wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Safety goggles
  • Rubber gloves
  • Pipe cutter
  • Wood blocks
  • Compression fittings
  • Copper clips
  • Copper tubing
  • Silicone sealant
  • Plumber's putty
  • Hacksaw

Things to Consider

There are a few things you must consider before installing a utility sink.

  • What's the desired location? Can it be installed easily in that place? Since, sometimes the location creates trouble, especially if the model of the utility sink is new or modern. You have to assess the place according to the model of your product. In fact, it is better to assess the location before investing your money in the utility sink or its components.
  • Do you need to bring new water lines for it? In many cases, installing this thing requires cutting apart the existing water supply lines and connect them to the water lines of the new sink. Besides, it isn't just about buying the new water lines, it is also necessary to know to deal with them, connect them, and install with the new ones. It can be a hectic task, but it is easy if you have the right tool with you.
  • You should have some equipment overview too.  What is the right height, size, or width of it? Is it easy to install it or demands some professional assistance or some tough task, like opening the basement floor? Second, can you get its components easily from the plumbing supply store for the future fixtures?
  • Lastly, do you have all the right tools and materials for this purpose? Without the right tools and equipment, you can't install it all. Therefore, bear in mind you perhaps need to buy some tools and materials too, such as a crescent wrench, screwdriver, safety goggles, rubber gloves, pipe cutter, wood blocks, compression fittings, copper clips, copper tubing, silicone sealant, plumber's putty, hacksaw and etc.

It isn't necessary to acquire all the materials. Sometimes, it depends on the model of the utility sink too.  Some models don't require any kind of material at all. They come up with all the necessary materials. All you need is to get the right tools to fix them.

Steps to Install a Utility Sink

Before we explain the steps, it is imperative to mention one thing here that this task can take time.

In case you are a beginner, you can expect to invest 6-8 hours of your time on it if you are installing it from the beginning.

Step #1:

Locate the main water supply line and turn it off. If you have to cut the water pipes, turn it off from the main supply area. Usually, it will be where the utility water supply lines enter your home and have a red handle as well.

If the supply valves are inside the room, and you don't need to break down the floor, you can shut off them too. However, it is not recommended when it comes to installing the new utility sink.

Step #2:

Install the utility sink. It can be done in a few simple steps. For example, attach the legs first (it depends on the model), and then set the utility sink where you want it. Once it is set against the wall, secure it with the screw and install the faucet on it.

But, keep in mind, you need to have adjustable pliers to install the faucet.

Step #3:

Cut the drain pipe with a hacksaw. If you don't know which pipe to cut, you can take the guide from you house blueprint. Usually, it is quite clear to get it as the water flows through it and you can hear too. Connect the pipeline with the utility sink. Understanding this step can be a bit tough though.

If you are replacing the sink, you will get that clearly how to connect the existing pipeline, as all you need to do is to reverse the process.

In case you are installing a new one at a new place, we won't recommend touching the pipes on your own without plumbing knowledge.

Step #4:

Now, turn on the valves and check for the leaks. If there is any leak, you need to tighten the connections of the faucet and the pipelines with adjustable pliers and screwdriver.

Concluding Thoughts

So, that's how you install a utility sink.

We don't recommend pouring paint on the pipelines to make them look good if they are visible. But, if it is necessary, we recommend extra caution. Its hazardous chemicals can contaminate the water by going inside the faucet.

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