Built asymmetrically or split down the middle, the double bowl kitchen sink is the centre of various debates and controversies. But does a double bowl kitchen sink truly make your kitchen life easier? Sure it does. There’s so much more to them than just washing and rinsing cutlery. You can easily accomplish many everyday chores with utmost ease and efficiency. How about you clean that pile of breakfast dishes while defrosting a ready made meal simultaneously on a weekday? Or how about you let a pot fill up on one side and let your veggies soak on another? When it comes to double bowl kitchen sinks, too many cooks cannot spoil the broth because you don’t have to worry about conflicting tasks at all!
From stainless steel sinks to granite sinksthey come in so many material types. Double bowl kitchen sinks offer advantages that single bowl sinks don’t. Like easier dishwashing, more organisational ability, increased storage capacity and streamlining daily chores. However, if you’re going for a double kitchen sink bowl you must know how to use it properly to maximise functionalities and minimise hassle. Here’s a handy guide to using double bowl kitchen sinks to make your life in the kitchen easier.
How to use double bowl kitchen sink?
When using a double bowl sink, you can store your dishes on one side. When the time does arrive to wash them, you can scrape off the stuck-on food scum into the bin (or the attached garbage disposal if it has one), stack the dishes on the counter and fill the clean side with your dishwashing liquid and water. Voila! Now you can easily scrub and clean the dishes on this side and rinse them in the other. If you have a non-standard double bowl sink where one bowl is comparatively smaller than the other, you should use the small one only for rinsing. Keep the large bowl for soaking, washing and storing dishes. This allows more room to manoeuvre larger dishes and long glasses.
When you’re prepping a meal in a double bowl kitchen sink, keep one side for rinsing fruits, veggies and meat. You can use the other side for peeling stuff like carrots and potatoes. This ensures that the unwanted germs from meat and veggies don’t spread easily.
A double kitchen sink with a drainboardis supremely accommodating when it comes to prepping food for all parts of the meal. If you’re preparing your meal in a non-standard double bowl sink, use the smaller sink to rinse and peel vegetables/fruits. The larger one is more suitable for filling pots and washing large vegetables. You can increase your counter space by attaching an over-the-sink cutting board too!
How to install a double bowl kitchen sink?
The most challenging part of installing a double bowl sink and faucet is connecting the sink’s drain. It’s relatively easier and cost-effective to get one with a drainboard attached. Before you start the process, it’s always much more convenient to have a map-like illustration handy.
Step 1: Measure the kitchen sink layout. Set your double bowl sink in the countertop to check if it fits. Incase it doesn’t modify the countertop opening with a router, tile cutter or jigsaw.
Step 2: Attach the clips. Remove the sink from the countertop hole and attach the clips turned inward.
Step 3: Install the faucet and additional components.
Step 4: Install the strainer by applying a small bead of plumbers putty around the strainer. Ensure it’s firmly pressed against the putty.
Step 5: Secure the gaskets. Tilt the sink to secure threaded flange and rubber gaskets to the underside.
Step 6: Clean up by removing excess putty with a soft cloth.
Step 7: If your double bowl sink comes with a garbage disposal, then you can use a screwdriver to install the mounting bracket to the sink’s bottom.
Step 8: Seal the basin by applying a bead of silicon sealant to the edge.
Step 9: Set the sink in place by lowering it into the countertop opening. Ensure it’s aligned squarely.
Step 10: Secure the hardware by rotating the metal attachment clips for below the sink and tightening screws or nuts.
Step 11: Attach and tighten the supply lines to the faucet’s water connections and the supply pipes.
Step 12: Install the garbage disposal by inserting the discharge pipe and tightening the clamp.
Step 13:Reinstall the dishwasher drain.
Step 14: Connect the disposal discharge pipe to the drainpipe and reattach the P-trap.
Step 15: Adjust the drainpipes by determining the length needed.
Step 16:Seal around the sink by applying a small bead of sealant.
Step 17: Ensure you check for leaks by reconnecting the power to the disposal and turning the water on.
How to plumb a double bowl kitchen sink?
It’s a little more tricky to plumb double bowl kitchen sinks. You have to attach a drain assembly to the bottom of each sink and work your way around it.
Step 1: Once the sink is in place, assemble all the tools.
Step 2: Connect an elbow with a long straight end onto the sink drain spout.
Step 3: take one of the short ends of the ‘tee’ fitting and connect the end of the pipe that’s idle.
Step 4: Repeat the last two steps with the other side of the sink.
Step 5: Attach the plumping line trap to the ‘tee’ fitting’s longer bottom portion.
Step 6: Connect the plumbing from the trap to the main drain line. Use light pressure, else you risk breaking them.
Kitchen sinks are an essential. The primary purpose of a double kitchen sink bowl was to make dishwashing hassle-free and easier. One bowl for clean water for rinsing and the other for soapy water for washing. Now they’ve come to be more versatile to perfectly suit your needs in a way that’s comfortable for you!
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