Summertime Plumbing Maintenance

40300682_sSpending time in the backyard together is a great way to make memories as a family. Having cookouts, camping in the lawn, and playing in the water are all fun summertime activities that never get old. But, these activities also can put your outdoor plumbing at risk for damage. Sprinkler heads, faucets, hoses, and hose bibs can all be damaged during the summer months because they see so much use from so many different people.

It might not seem like it, but your outdoor plumbing can be considered a major part of your overall plumbing system. After all, if an outdoor plumbing bib gets damaged and starts to leak, the plumbing that handles your showers, sinks, and bathtubs will also begin to show signs of failure.

Spend some time a couple of days per week to check the following and keep tabs on whether your outdoor plumbing as sustained any damage:

  • Your plumbing makes noise when you use it. When you flush the toilet or turn the sink on there is air in the pipes that can’t make it out to the sewer lines because of a crack or break and it will instead create a bubbling noise at the fixture. Noises including clanking or whistling can indicate signs of trouble also.
  • Your plumbing smells. The faucets outside of your home are connected to pipes that run under your home and are part of the whole. When there is damage to one part of the system, it can cause troubles with the entire thing. Odors escaping from various parts of your plumbing system will find their way up and out of the drains if there is a cracked or leaking pipe.
  • The faucet is dripping or water is pooled under it. When you walk the outside perimeter of your home and check the faucets, look to see if any of them are dripping water or if there is a pool of water under any of them. This can indicate that there is a leak further down the pipe and the water is following gravity to the faucet.

Each time that you mow the lawn in your yard, pay close attention to the sprinkler heads, hoses, and hose bibs in your yard. This is an easy way to remember to keep track of your outdoor plumbing so that you never have a leak that goes unchecked for a long period of time.

 

 

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