Outdoor Plumbing Maintenance: Hose, Faucet, Irrigation, Gutter System, And Many More

Owners with huge backyards or a garden with landscaping need to be very vigilant and careful about the maintenance of outdoor plumbing. Looking after outdoor plumbing is as important as indoor plumbing and should not be neglected.

Some useful tips to remember

HOSE

Source: Flickr/acute_tomato
Source: Flickr/acute_tomato

All owners owning a beautiful garden for sure have at least one hose for watering the plants. As summer approaches, hose is used multiple times in a week to water the plants. Each time you wrap it back or leave it as such, make sure to check for any crack or leak. These will cause waste of water to a large extent. Winter is another season to check and recheck as any crack will increase if water happens to freeze inside. Specially, when temperature reaches the freezing point, unscrew outside hose and empty it of any water inside.

FAUCET

Source: Flickr/Michael & Sophia
Source: Flickr/Michael & Sophia

Outdoor faucets and spigots are also to be checked every month as they bear harsh temperature throughout the year. They should be inspected every month for any kind of crack, leakage or steady dripping. Ensure that you fix these problems as soon as possible. During winters, outdoor faucets are prone to freeze if water is left inside. Use winterizing covers to protect the faucets when the temperature drops to freezing point as frozen pipes can expand and tend to crack. It is also important to check the flow of water. If you find the pressure of water inconsistent, there are chances of blockage due to debris. Apart from this, the washer, the inside valve, the aerator, the spigot or inside of the faucet spout can be the potential culprit.

IRRIGATION

Source: Flickr/Ronan
Source: Flickr/Ronan

As we all know that hose is a very common and simple tool for irrigation and is semi effective for huge gardens. Many owners have sprinklers or drip irrigation installed in their gardens. These hi-tech systems, that are less time consuming, very convenient and highly effective methods are however, made of many pipes and tubes spread all over the garden. Thus, it becomes very important to keep a thorough check of this system.

GUTTER SYSTEM

Source: Flickr/La Citta Vita
Source: Flickr/La Citta Vita

Gutter is the central part of outdoor plumbing infrastructure. Gutter system should be checked every three months, for clogged leaves, debris and twigs. Remove the debris, else you could risk having excess water pour out over your gutters and onto the roofing and sides of your house. If the cleaning becomes too often, you can install gutter guards which are easily available at any hardware store.

SEPTIC TANK

Source: Flickr/Andy Rogers
Source: Flickr/Andy Rogers

In case you have a septic tank in your yard, learn to take good care. Any foul smell around or a patch of ground wetter than normal calls for an alarm.

OUT DOOR PIPES

Rusty Pipes

Any crack or leakage in outdoor pipes requires immediate repair or replacement depending on the condition. Any crack in pipe during winters can’t be ignored as water freezing inside the pipe will increase the size of the crack. This can even cause damage to the concrete. Be sure to check the pipe lines while cleaning the sidewalks or collecting leaves. Roots can be the biggest destroyer of pipe lines. Few applications available in the market can retard the growth of roots in the drain line.

If you are not able to handle any issues at your own, think of taking professional plumber help available very easily.