How to Hook Up Utility Sink to Garden Hose


A utility sink requires a garden hose to help in putting in or draining the water quickly. These large capacity sinks are great for a variety of tasks at home like soaking, washing, etc. You can also use these sinks in the garden for heavy items cleaning.

However, based on their heavy use, it is ideal to hook up a utility sink to a garden hose. This helps the sink to drain quickly without a mess. It allows you to perform heavy-duty tasks without having to worry about the drainage of large quantities of water. The procedure does not require much plumbing skill, and with a few basic tools, anyone can do it on his own.

How to Hook Up Utility Sink to Garden Hose

8 Steps to Hook Up Utility Sink to Garden Hose:

Step 1: Collect the Materials Required

The first thing to do is investigate the kind of faucets on the indoor sink to supply the water and your utility sink. That way, you will be able to buy the correct adapters for the procedure. Other items you will need to have are;

  • Garden hose
  • Pliers or wrench
  • Teflon or tape

Step 2: Take Out the Aerator from the Water Source Sink’s Faucet

After assembling all the items you require for the process, you need to remove the aerator from the sink’s faucet that you will use to connect the garden hose to supply water.

An aerator is a small gadget attached at the tip of a faucet. It helps conserve the water and energy used in the sink. It would be best if you took it out for easier hook up of the garden hose. Twist the aerator counterclockwise using your hands to take it out. If hard to turn it, use some pliers or a wrench. Grab and twist out the aerator carefully to avoid damaging it. The aerator consists of a rubber washer, a small screen, and a casing. Ensure you take out all these parts and place them in a secure place because you will need to return them when through with the garden hose.

Step 3: Fix the Faucet Adapter

Once you are through removing and storing the aerator in a safe place, you need to install the faucet adaptor in the spout’s opening. The adapter comes with a vinyl or rubber gasket to prevent leaking or a soggy mess. Ensure that the gasket sits correctly in its place. The faucet adapters available on the market are of two types. It can either be a Claber koala or a Snap adapter.

 A Claber koala adapter is ideal for a faucet with a straight neck and isn’t compatible with a standard adapter. A Snap adapter has two sections; one part is to install the removed aerator from your faucet, while the other section is for attaching the garden hose.

Both adapters are ideal to use as they will transform the faucet’s opening into a male fitting for a garden hose. As a return, you can attach or detach the garden hose effortlessly.

Step 4: Connect the Garden Hose

After screwing the faucet adapter, attach the garden hose to it. To do so, you only need to screw the garden hose’s one end to the adapter on the faucet’s tip. For the snap adapter, you will need to use the section designed for the garden hose. Simply snap the garden hose in.

Step 5: Take the Other End of the Garden Hose to the Sink

After connecting the garden hose to your laundry sink, pick the other end and take it to where the utility sink gets stationed.

Step 6: Connect the Adapter to the Sink

Each utility sink comes with a faucet either below it or at its sides. Look inside the sink, and you will see the faucet’s end tube. That is the place to attach the garden hose.

The adapter you will attach to the utility sink should have a male fitting and a standard female plumbing thread. The female fitting will be for the pipe, while the male fitting will directly get screwed to the utility sink.

Step 7: Place a Hose Gasket to the Garden Hose

The knowledge to use is similar to that used in step 3. It entails attaching an adapter to the hose’s other end. You can use any ideal adapter. What’s essential is the tightness.

Make it securely tight. In return, you will not experience any leakages or water outbursts during accidental detaches or breaks from the sink. When putting the adapter in, don’t forget to fix the rubber gasket first. After the gasket sits in its place correctly, you can go ahead and tighten the adapter.

Step 8: Hook Up the Utility Sink to the Garden Hose

After preparing the garden hose by fixing one end to the faucet and installing an adapter on the other end, it’s time to hook it up to the utility sink. You only need to screw up the adapter on the hose to the utility sink’s faucet. Ensure you connect the adapters tightly to avoid leakages.

After the entire setup, you need to test whether it’s working well. You will need to open your utility sink’s faucet to allow water in and turn on the tap attached to the garden hose.

Inspect all areas keenly. When you find any leakage on the hose or around the adapters, take action immediately. Tighten the adapters tightly. If the problem persists, redo the procedure of that leaking area and use tape or Teflon to boost the tightness and seal all the spaces.

The information above demonstrates that it’s not hard to hook up a utility sink to a garden hose. It is advisable to disconnect the sink from the hose after use. It will help save the amount of water used. Also, always clean the sink after use for hygiene purposes and to boost its life. Disconnect the hose from the faucets and store it in a cool, dry place ready for use next time.

Can you hook a utility sink to garden hose?

The answer is yes. You only need to get an adapter and attach it to the sink’s faucet.

Remember to remove the aerator first. While fixing the faucet, ensure you put the gasket in its place correctly to avoid leakages. Then tighten the adapter firmly. After installing the adapter, screw one end of the water hose on it. There you go!

You have successfully connected your water hose to a sink. It doesn’t matter whether the sink is indoors or outdoors. The procedure is the same. If you want to access water for your tasks, consider the distance of the sink and water hose. Then choose the sink near your place of work to connect the water hose for convenience purposes.

A garden hose supplies enough water to a utility sink quickly. It also helps in draining it faster, saving you time. Fortunately, you don’t have to be an expert to hook up utility sink to a garden hose. As illustrated above, the procedure is easy and quick to do. If you have an outdoor garden sink, you can use the same connection process with a garden hose to supply water to your garden.

Lisa Burks

Hi, I'm Lisa Burks, founder of the Sink Formula blog, and plumber of 5 years experience.

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