While 3-compartment sinks are the industry standard when it comes to warewashing, investing in a 4-compartment sink can offer more room and flexibility. The extra sink can be used with a garbage disposal to scrap dishes or as a soak sink. Having a 4-compartment sink also ensures you have a backup if your warewashing machine requires service.
Common Questions About 4-bay Sinks
How are 4-compartment sinks used?
Four-compartment sinks are generally used for washing dishes. The 3-compartment method of washing dishes is approved by most health departments; with this method, there is one sink used for washing dishes, one for rinsing, and one for sanitizing. When you have a 4-compartment sink, the additional sink can be used for soaking or scrapping dishes.
Do 4-compartment sinks need drainboards?
Whether you need drainboards on your four-compartment sink will be dictated by how you will use it. A drainboard can be a great area to place dishes before they are scrapped or soaked and can also provide a surface on the other end for dishes to dry. If you have the space for it, drainboards can be a great additional workspace, but if you will have worktables on one or both ends of your sink, they may not be necessary.
How many faucets do I need for a 4-bay sink?
While one faucet can be made to span 3 sinks, there is no way to make one faucet reach four sinks. Therefore, each 4-compartment sink will require two faucets.