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Summertime is Here, Make Sure your Outdoor Plumbing is Ready

Outdoor faucetSummertime is here, which means warm weather and spending time outdoors. However, just like your indoor plumbing, your outdoor plumbing needs to be prepared for weather changes as well. It’s easy to ignore outdoor fixtures, but a quick check up before use can ensure nothing goes awry.

Outdoor Faucets and Water Fixtures

These outdoor fixtures don’t do much when not in use. As such, they can often sit unused for quite a long time. In most scenarios, this doesn’t pose any problems. Hoses are designed to be left alone for long periods of time before use. Just like other outdoor water fixtures, these should have been turned off in the late fall months to avoid any damage or freezing. Once the summertime hits, it’s best to slowly turn everything back on. Check for leaks or damage, and make sure to keep an eye on surrounding terrain for any underground leaks. Once all fixtures have been inspected and no problems located, turn everything on and start enjoying the summer!

Irrigation Systems

After inspecting the outdoor water fixtures, make sure all outdoor irrigation systems are functioning properly. Just like the rest of your outdoor fixtures, inspect every part of the sprinkler system for damage or parts in need of repair. If the system appears to be in good working order, run a cycle for a short time, and watch all the heads to make sure the system is in good working order. It’s possible that a failure in the backflow preventer connected to the system occured during the winter. If such a failure has occurred, it could damage the entire system or other plumbing, so be careful during this process.

Outdoor Shower

An outdoor shower is an easily affordable luxury. Nothing feels better after a hot summer day outside than showering outdoors. Whether or not you have a spa or pool on your property, an outdoor shower is a fantastic alternative for those who need their outdoor water fix.

That said, always inspect the fixtures before use for damage. Much like the other systems, run the outdoor shower and follow the pump lines to check for any damage or leaks. Let it run for a short time and check that the system is performing every function correctly.

Sump Pump

As winter ice thaws homes become more vulnerable to flooding. As seasonal rains begin to beat down on your home, a sump pump should be responsible for removing water as it enters the home, preventing flooding. However, your sump pump could be experiencing difficulty or not working at all, and without proper inspection you could find that out the hard way. Before you know it your home is flooded and you have to pay for a new sump pump, and thousands in water damage. It’s far more cost effective to test your pump before problems arise. Learn how in the short guide below, and contact our plumbers for more information.

1. Unplug the pump and plug it in again. Look at the outlet where the pump is plugged in, and you should see two different plugs. Now plug in just the one for the pump. If the pump doesn’t reactivate immediately, there’s an issue and you should contact a plumber. If it works properly, don’t forget to plug the other plug back in.

2. Run water through it. Raise the water level until the pump turns on. However, just because it turns on doesn’t mean that it actually works. Make sure the water actually gets pumped out of the hole. If you’re not able to add water to the pump, you can lift the float arm and see if the pump activates. This won’t test whether or not the pump will work properly, but you can see if it still runs. Also, when adding water to the pump, don’t do so for more than a few seconds or you risk damaging the pump motor.

This is just a brief reminder about your outdoor plumbing fixtures and why you should care for them. If you have any other questions or issues, contact our team today.

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