If you were to pinpoint any trend in outdoor décor and design, the outdoor living movement would likely come to mind. It’s the whole concept of creating a living space that is comfortable and perfect for entertaining. It instantly expands a home’s living space and gives people an oasis to retreat to. And one of the most popular ways to enjoy outdoor living space is by creating an outdoor kitchen, complete with a food preparation and cooking area.
So what happens if your outdoor kitchen has suddenly been rendered useless thanks to a blocked sink in the food preparation area? The sink provides you with a place to wash food and your hands, making it a vital part of any meal. Here are some tips that will help you to deal with the problem.
What You Need
To unclog a kitchen sink, whether indoors or outdoors, the typical tools you’ll need are rubber gloves, protective eyewear in case anything splashes up, white vinegar, baking soda, a plunger, something to scoop water out with, and an old bucket.
Scoop Out What You Can
If the blockage has caused water and debris to gather in the sink, this will need to be scooped out before you get started. Remove as much as you possibly can into the bucket you’ve got. This can then be emptied into a sink in the house. Now you can better assess the issue and the blockage without the water in the way.
Pour Your Homemade Concoction Down the Sink
The next step is to pour the baking soda down the drain. For this step, you need to be careful and precise, as it needs to go down the drain. Follow with half a cup of white vinegar. This works to break down any potential blockage.
After the vinegar has bubbled and fizzled and had time to break down the blockage, you can then use your plunger and try to run water slowly down the drain.
When In Doubt – Call a Professional
Of course, if you have any doubts or feel like the clog is too big or complex for you to handle, it’s probably best to call a professional plumber to take a look. They can make fast work of even the biggest clog, getting your sink back to working order so you can get preparing and cooking outdoors again.
Proper Maintenance Allows You to Enjoy the Outdoor Living Vibe
It’s worth noting that using maintenance tips, and making sure you’re not pouring items down the drain that shouldn’t go there or that are too big will help prevent potential clogs. This means you can kick back in your Vidaxl sun lounger, or entertain guests at your expansive table with matching black outdoor chairs without the fear of a backed-up drain overflowing or messing with your meal plans.
Some Simple Steps Can Be Enough
For blockages that are just small and that you’ve caught right away, these simple steps should be all it takes. However, as noted, don’t hesitate to call a professional if you feel out of your element or you don’t want to risk creating more damage.