Your Complete Guide to Outdoor Plumbing for Spring
When we talk about the benefits of preventative maintenance and plumbing, we tend to focus on indoor plumbing. However, the same ideas apply to your outdoor plumbing. Spending a few hours doing seasonal maintenance this spring will make your outdoor plumbing more reliable and more efficient.
If this is the first spring that you’ve tackled your outdoor plumbing, you may be wondering where to start. We’ve put together a list for you to follow.
How to Clean the Gutters
Cleaning the gutters should be done all year, but it is extra important in the spring, because of the increase in rain in Lehi, UT.
Clogged gutters will block the flow of water from your roof out through the downspouts, which can lead to leaks. Walk around your home, inspecting the gutters from below for signs of damage.
Get up on your ladder and check for loose pieces or areas that appear to be leaking. While you are up there, remove debris with a broom. Don’t use your hose to flush the gutters out because you will waste water (which of course will increase your water bills).
Testing Your Outdoor Faucets
A leaky faucet is a real water-waster, inside or out. To see if you are dealing with a leak from your outdoor faucets, turn them on and off.
If water appears anywhere that it shouldn’t, you may have a leak. To test for leaks further inside the pipe, check the water pressure.
Turn the water on; press your thumb against the opening of the spigot to close it. If you can contain the water with your thumb, the low water pressure indicates that you have a leak.
Attending to the Sprinkler System
It is very common for irrigation systems to develop leaks over the winter. Did that happen to you this year?
To see if you’ve got a leak in the water line, cast a critical eye over your lawn. Any pooling water or sunken patches? Those are both signs of leaks.
Check the valve boxes for signs of water. Ideally, these boxes should be dry inside, but sometimes rodents get inside, gnaw on valves and create leaks.
Over time, you will need to replace your hoses, so check for tears and wear. Repair any holes with a patch kit or get a new hose.
Don’t forget to test the nozzle. If the hose doesn’t fit flush into the hose bib, you will waste a lot of water when you turn the hose on.
It’s worth your time to take care of your plumbing because it saves you money in the long run.