Outdoor Sink: Protecting and Maintaining

There are two types of outdoor sink: a portable non-attached sink and a permanent built-in sink. Read on to learn about caring for each type.

Permanent vs. Portable

You can install a permanent outdoor sink in a potting bench or create a base of concrete block or brick. Another option is to build it into a replicate kitchen on your deck or patio. 

You may need some special permits before installing a permanent outdoor sink. Once installed, you must either hook it up to your home plumbing system or run it to a dry well. 

Portable sinks, on the other hand, are usually purchased as a one-unit item, like as part of a gardening station. These require much less work: just hook it up to your outdoor faucet and hose and you are ready to go.

True to its name, the portable sink can be moved to whatever part of the yard, garden, deck or patio you are working on. When you are not using the sink, you can hide it under flip-over countertops.

Materials Needed

For a permanent sink, you will need appropriate piping and the right kind of sink. Usually stainless steel is best as it resists stains and other damage from the elements. You will also need gravel, a faucet, a drain, sink housing and various tools for digging the trench and dry well.

For the portable outdoor sink, you need the portable unit, which comes with the sink installed. You will also need a connection to the water supply, like a hose.

Maintenance and Protection

A permanent outdoor sink requires regular maintenance to make the drainage system stays clear. This can be an issue when the dry well is far away from the unit. As with an indoor sink, take care to ensure proper damage. In inclement weather, be sure to cover the sink to protect it from an abundance of debris and to ensure the pipes do not get frozen and burst.

A portable sink unit simply requires regular cleaning, emptying the drain, and safe storage during off-seasons or other periods of time when the sink is not in use.