Regular maintenance keeps your plumbing system healthy. But giving your outdoor plumbing the TLC it needs can be challenging, especially if you have a large area to look after. Here are some tips to maintain your outdoor plumbing, so your system runs smoothly and efficiently for as long as possible:
1. Unclog outdoor drains to avoid pipe blockages
When it comes to clogged outdoor drains, prevention is better than cure. The buildup of gunk, dirt, leaves, soil, moss, and other debris in an outdoor drain may damage your system extensively. It can also lead to serious hygiene problems.
To avoid costly repairs, keep outdoor drains unblocked. You may use an old wire coat hanger to fish contaminants out of the drain, then run it down with boiling water to get rid of stubborn blockages.
2. Watch out for signs of sewer pipe damage
Considered a plumbing emergency, a broken sewer line may put your health at risk in many ways. It can also cause serious damage to your property.
Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t recognize the signs of sewer pipe problems:
Multiple plumbing fixtures are draining slowly. There’s mold growth in your home, accompanied by sewer odor. There are extra lush/ green patches of grass in the yard. There are cracks in your foundation slab and settlement. Your lawn is soggy. There is an infestation of rodents and insects.
Any signs of sewer pipe damage should be taken seriously.
3. Check all outdoor faucets for uneven water stream
For efficient water flow, your pipes need to be in great condition. But they’re also prone to wear and tear. If you notice your outdoor faucets are barely dripping, it’s a sign that a pipe may have burst or cracked.
If there are inconsistencies in the water flow in certain areas of the lawn, get it checked by a professional immediately.
4. Properly winterize outdoor faucets and pipes
Getting your outdoor plumbing ready for winter will protect your home from water leaks when the ice thaws. It only takes a few minutes to winterize outdoor faucets, but it can save your pipes.
5. Keep sprinkler heads clean and clear
Dirt and ground residue can easily clog a sprinkler head. So clean sprinkler heads at least once a year to ensure that water flows freely. Watch closely for dry spots and consistency in water pressure.
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Regularly checking your outdoor plumbing fixtures will catch problems early and extend the life of your system. This saves you from dealing with troublesome leaks and costly replacements in the long run.
When you book a maintenance appointment with us, you’re taking the steps needed to keep your system flowing seamlessly. If there are any issues with your outdoor plumbing, we’ll get to the root of the problem and complete the necessary repairs ASAP.
Aside from outdoor plumbing maintenance, you can count on us for a wide range of plumbing services. Scheduling an appointment online is simple and easy, and even more convenient if you download our app.