If this is the first spring that you’ve decided to take on the important job of doing some DIY maintenance to your outdoor plumbing, you may be unsure of where to start. There are a few key jobs that have to be done in order to prevent leaks and water damage and to keep your water use as efficient as possible.
Follow our list, and you’ll be pleased with the difference it makes in your outdoor plumbing. Also, getting these jobs done now means that you’ve got the spring and summer for leisure in Pearland, TX.
Check the Faucets
If you’ve got rust or mineral deposits on your outdoor faucets, it may be because of a leak. To test, turn the faucet on and off. Does water appear anywhere that you wouldn’t expect to see it?
You’ve probably got a leak if it does. A simple test for leaks elsewhere in the pipeline is to place your thumb on the opening of the spigot and turn it on.
Does the water stay trapped or move past your thumb? If the water pressure is too low, you’ve got a leak.
If your sprinkler system sprung a leak over the winter, you want to get it fixed before you get too far into the season. But how do you know if there is a leak?
You can always call your plumber for full leak detection, but here are some DIY diagnostics to try. Walk around your lawn. Are there any sunken patches, dead spots, bubbling water or pooling water?
Those are all danger signs. Another leak hotspot is in the valve boxes because rodents like to nest in there and wreak havoc. Open the valve boxes up. They should be dry. If there is water inside, you likely have a leak.
Maintain Your Hoses
A hose is a simple tool, but it does an important job, delivering water to your garden and lawn. A small tear can lose a lot of water in the process.
Inspect your hoses and patch up as necessary. If they are really old, maybe it is time for new hoses.
You can prevent a lot of hose damage by not letting them kink. For storage, hang them on the wall in nice big loops.
Clean and Check Your Gutters
Leaves fly all the time, but when they land in your gutters, it can cause water damage to your home.
Water on your roof needs a clear path to the downspouts so that it will flow away from your home. If your gutters are clogged, your roof and foundation could be at risk for leaks.
This is quite a list, but these jobs are easily done and will make a big difference for your outdoor plumbing.