Adding a sink to your laundry room is a great way to make the space more functional, but it can be tricky. First, you will need to decide where to put the sink. You must ensure that it’s easy to reach and accessible for whatever plumbing work you require.
You should also consider whether you have enough space in your laundry room for a sink that will fit comfortably. If not, you may need to consider adding some space or moving it somewhere else entirely—for example, if you have a basement or unfinished attic space that could accommodate a larger laundry room/sink combo.
Finally, keep in mind when planning how much countertop area you want around your new sink:
- Will this be used primarily as an area where you can wash your clothes? If so, ensure there is enough room for any volume of clothes you might have.
- Are there any other appliances that you will install nearby? For example, installing an electric dryer venting system nearby ensures enough room for both appliances.
Where do I start? You have questions: What size sink should I get? Where should I put it? How should I install it? Well, there is good news: we have answers to all those questions and have included them in this article.
Determining the Best Location
You should consider a few things when deciding where to put your sink in your laundry room.
- Ensure that the sink will fit in the space. You don’t want to go through all the trouble of installing a sink only to find that it’s too big or too small for the space.
- Consider your room around the sink. This won’t be an issue if you have a large laundry room with plenty of space. However, finding enough room for a sink may be difficult if your laundry room is already crowded with appliances and storage cabinets.
- Ensure that there are no existing pipes. It would help if you also considered whether there are pipes near where you want to put the sink so that they won’t be damaged during installation or by occupants of your home accidentally.
Pay Attention to Codes and Regulations
Adding a sink to your laundry room can be a great way to make the space more functional and efficient, but it’s essential to ensure you follow Michigan’s codes and regulations.
In most cases, adding a sink to an existing laundry room will require an electrical permit from your local building department. You will also need to submit plans showing where you will place the sink and how much floor space is available for installation.
If you plan to install a sink with its faucet and drain (instead of having them installed on your wall or floor), you will need to include those parts in your plans.
For larger projects such as these, it may be a good idea to consult with an architect or engineer specializing in plumbing before proceeding with construction so they can advise on how best to proceed while still meeting local codes and regulations.
While some states have specific codes regarding where the sink should be located in relation to other laundry room features (like the washer and dryer), most do not have any requirements about placement. The only thing that matters is that your state’s regulations allow you to install a sink on the premises.
Rerouting Your Existing Pipes
Your laundry room can be made more useful by adding a sink, but you must first make sure you can connect the pipes before you install them. If you already have your walls up and the plumbing rough-in completed, it’s time for some rerouting.
- Start with shutting off your home’s water supply and drain the pipes using a pair of pliers. Then cut away any pipe sections between where you will install the new sink and where it currently is. You will want to keep these sections as long as possible so that you do not have to run new pipes from scratch.
- Next, use a pipe cutter or chisel to cut through any floor joists in the way of your new plumbing layout. This will ensure that nothing gets in your way when routing new lines under existing ones.
- When attaching drains or faucets to new fixtures, always look for compression fittings instead of threaded ones because they’re much easier to install and won’t leak if there’s any damage during installation (you can always use Teflon tape on threaded fittings).
The Process of Installing a sink to your Laundry Room
The process of adding a sink to your laundry room is fairly straightforward, but you must follow the instructions and make sure you have all the necessary supplies before beginning.
1. Pick out a location for the sink. You want to be sure it’s close enough to the washer and dryer to fill buckets or tubs with water for washing but also far enough away so that if the washer or dryer leaks, it won’t get on your clothes.
2. Measure the space where you want to add the sink. Make sure there is room for a faucet and drain pipe (if necessary) before proceeding further with the installation.
3. Ready the space for installation. Next, drill holes into countertops and walls according to manufacturer instructions for mounting brackets and installing faucets and drains.
Call an electrician to help with wiring if you are working with an existing electrical system in your home rather than using an outlet nearby as part of an appliance kit specifically designed for this purpose (which can also be purchased at most hardware stores).
If you want to add an undermount sink, you’ll need to check with your local building code first because there may be restrictions on the distance from the wall you can install one of these sinks. You’ll also want to make sure that your walls are strong enough to support the additional weight of this type of sink, which can be pretty heavy.
After all, holes are drilled according to the manufacturer’s instructions for mounting brackets and installing faucets and drains or by an experienced electrician.
Contact the Experts for Estimates
Plumbing may be more challenging than it seems. There is a learning curve to follow. Where you do not have any plumbing skills, like working with PEX or installing copper pipes and fixtures, it would be best to call Watermark Plumbing experts to handle the job safely and efficiently. Experts will provide additional advice on how to get a sustainable job done at the lowest cost.