Our homes are an important factor in how we live. They shelter us from the cold rain, the blistering sun, and icy storms. Our homes keep us safe from predators and bugs that would otherwise make a meal out of us.
In order to maintain a functioning and comfortable home, they are also in need of proper care and maintenance. Our outdoor fixtures are among the most neglected part of our home.
It’s easy to forget about them since they do not provide the same immediate comfort as the appliances located inside. Unfortunately, forgetting about these fixtures can lead to issues that could have otherwise been avoided with regular plumbing maintenance.
How to Check for Damages
While you may not be able to repair your own outdoor plumbing fixtures, at the very least you could look out for repair concerns before they become emergencies. One of the best ways to do this is with monthly spot checks.
This can be as simple as opening fixtures to make sure they work or as complex as creating a checklist that you can compare against monthly to determine if there’s any deterioration.
Similarly, your lawn and garden could be warning signs for any water leaks. While we all want them to look their best, any overgrowth outside of the norm could point you to a water leak or potential plumbing concern. A vigilant homeowner is a responsible homeowner.
Signs To Look for With Outdoor Plumbing
Among the most ignored of our outdoor fixtures is our outdoor plumbing. Leaks are prone to happen with a water spigot which will lead to gallons of water wasted.
Fixing a spigot takes almost no time and will save you money on your water bill. In-ground irrigation systems are subject to leaks too.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a small hole found in an irrigation system can waste more than 6,000 gallons of water per month.
Check your system every spring for damage so you can prevent unnecessary water consumption. Another plumbing system that is outdoors is the pipes that lead to the home that provide fresh water and take away any waste.
Unfortunately, this system is laid well within the ground so to check it, you need to be aware of any signs in your yard. Watch for irregular grass coloring, or shifts in the soil if you have animals burrowing in your yard.
Installing New Outdoor Fixtures
As a homeowner, projects to fix and maintain your house are not uncommon. Nor is it uncommon to learn how to fix things on your own. There are still times when calling in a professional is necessary.
Outdoor fixture installation is no simple task and should be handled with care. If you’re unsure of when you need help from an expert about your outdoor fixtures, here are some of the signs to look for:
- No water flow.
- Rust buildup.
- Stripped or damaged hose bibs.
- Pinhole leaks on pipes.
- Clogged plumbing.
We’re always ready to assist you so please give us a call if you need a consultation. With a little help from our expert plumbers, you can spend the entire summer enjoying your yard with peace of mind.