Utility sinks are very much advantageous in many ways. And with every utility sink comes a garden hose that will always be a big help for the functionality of your sink. Therefore, knowing how to hook up a utility sink to a garden hose is a vital knowledge for every home.
Utility sink is a large capacity sink that's bound for rigorous soaking of clothes, soaking of paint brushes from the garage or even just to clean your hands and arms after a vigorous messy work in your workshop.
In some houses, the most ideal water resource is in the kitchen or in a bathroom because there is no possible line outside where you can hook up your utility sink.
If the outdoor water source is non-existent, then this is where hooking up your utility sink to our garden hose comes in handy.
Doing so will not require you to do excessive plumbing and no need to shell out that much money.
In this article, we will lay down to you the easy guide on how to connect a garden hose to your utility sink and vice-versa.
Let's get into it!
How to Hook up Utility Sink to Garden Hose:
Whether the utility sink is for your garage, laundry room or outdoor, one important requirement for its usability is water supply. However, some houses have no hose bib so you can easily connect your hose to supply water for your utility sink.
Worry no more because we will help you solve your dilemma as we lead you in the step-by-step guide.
Step 1: Prepare your materials
Take note that before purchasing all the materials needed, make sure to check what type of faucets you have, both from your utility sink and indoor sink for water supply. This is vital so that you will know what type of adapters would work for your sink.
- Garden hose
- Adapter for the indoor sink
- Adapter for your utility sink
- Teflon tape (as needed)
- Pliers / wrench (as needed)
Step 2: Remove the aerator
As you consider one of your home facets to be the source of water for your utility sink, the first thing to do is to remove the aerator. This can be found at the tip of your faucet.
Try to remove it by turning it counterclockwise. If you can't do it by hand, you may use your wrench or pliers for extra power.
Make sure to keep the aerator along with its small parts such as rubber washer, casing and small screen. Keep in mind that you will have to return this after using your garden hose.
Step 3: Screw in the faucet adapter
As soon as the aerator is fully removed, you can now screw in the faucet adapter into the faucet spout opening. Make sure that the adapter's gasket is in place. It should have a rubber or vinyl gasket to prevent leaks and soggy mess.
Secure that it forms a good seal and is tight enough not to produce leaks.
There are different types of adapters:
Claber koala adapter- this is a good alternative for a straight neck faucet that doesn't work with a standard adapter.
Snap adapter- this comes into two parts. The one part is to replace your detached faucet aerator. The second part is the one that attaches to your garden hose.
Both of these adapters will convert the end of your faucet into a male garden hose fitting. This will enable you to attach and detach your garden hose easily.
Step 4: Attach the hose
The next thing to do is to attach the garden hose to the faucet adapter that you have installed on your faucet tip.
To do so, just screw in one end of your garden hose into the faucet adapter. If you have purchased a snap adapter, try pulling the other part of the adapter that's attached to your hose and simply snap it in the part that's connected to the faucet tip.
Step 5: Proceed to your utility sink
Now that the garden hose is fully connected to your kitchen or bathroom sink, it's now time to work on the utility sink. Bring the other end of your garden hose to where your utility sink is located.
Step 6: Attach an adapter to your utility sink
As you look at the side of your utility sink or could also be underneath, you can see the tube ending of your faucet. This is exactly where you will hook up your garden hose for water supply.
Use your adapter that has a female standard plumbing thread for the pipe and the other side which is a male hose bib adapter for the hose to be screwed directly on to it.
Step 7: Put a hose gasket to your hose
With the same logic as your step 3, attach an adapter to the other end of your hose. Whether you are using the koala adapter or the snap adapter, make sure it is securely tight. This will prevent any leakages and future outburst of water when it accidentally breaks or detaches from the utility sink.
Do not forget to put on the rubber gasket before securing the adapter tight on to the garden hose.
Step 8: Hook up the hose to your utility sink
Now that your garden hose is ready, simply screw in the adapter which is attached to your hose to the tube like opening that can be found under your sink. securely tighten it up. Failing to do so might give you problems along the way.
Step 9: Test for functionality
Now that you have got that all setup, it's time to check if it works. Turn on your faucet water source as well as your utility sink faucet.
Carefully scan the hose and the adapters for any water drips. If so, tighten that area out or redo it with the use of a teflon tape to secure the tightness.
Step 10: Store after use
As soon as you're done using your hose, turn off your kitchen or bathroom faucet and let the water drain out by leaving your utility sink faucet open.
When you notice that there is no more water running out of it, you can now unplug the garden hose from the kitchen or bathroom faucet and store it under your utility sink.
You can choose to return the aerator in your faucet or just leave the adapter in it for easy access on your next use.
Can you connect a water hose to a sink?
As we already have discussed earlier how to connect a water hose to a sink, then the answer for this is an absolute yes!
The key factor upon doing this is to carefully inspect your faucet and know what type of materials would work best for it.
A hose connector is what makes this possible. It will allow you to connect your hose to your sink. And, there is a wide variety of hose connectors that you could choose from.
Also, check this guide: 3 Steps to Install a Utility Sink in Garage.
Plastic, brass and aluminum adapters are offered in the stores today. If you opt to buy the cheapest, then you would go for plastic. But if durability is your concern, brass fittings should be your choice.
That's why it is very much important to know what exactly to buy before even going to the store.
This will keep you away from the stress of going back and forth to the store because you got the wrong item.
By hooking up your utility sink to a garden hose can indeed make your life easier. It will spare you the hassle of running towards the house just to be able to wash your hands.
Nor the anger of your wife from the paint dripping from your brushes just because you need to wash them in your kitchen sink.
Because connecting a hose to your sink is relatively easy, it will also save you from hiring a plumber to install a water supply for your utility sink.
Instead, you can just easily hook up your utility sink to a garden hose for a water supply. And just store it whenever it's not in use.
Just an important thing to take note of when it's your first time doing this is to make sure that you have a list of all the things needed. Inspect your home if you have some of those materials kept somewhere in your garage. Then, you can purchase what's lacking.