Spring has sprung! Are you excited to take advantage of all that the season has to offer? Spring is traditionally an energizing season, so harness some of that energy to get your home in great shape for the coming season.
It’s always advisable to take some time to inspect your plumbing to make sure that there are no leaks or other damage. Even small plumbing leaks can cause a lot of damage and cost you a lot of money.
Plumbing leaks aren’t just limited to inside your home either. Your outdoor plumbing needs attention too. Here is a complete guide to help you make sure that you don’t forget anything.
Cleaning out the Gutters
The gutters are supposed to catch water as it falls on to your roof and then flush it out through the downspouts and away from your home.
After winter storms, your gutters are likely full of leaves and other matter that could block that water flow.
Without proper drainage, your roof structure could suffer serious damage, and you could have major leaks on your hands. Inspect gutters and downspouts for damage and make sure that they are free.
Take Care of Your Hoses
Hoses inevitably crack over time, which can lead to a great deal of water waste. Inspect hoses before the heavy watering season and replace any that are worn out.
Make sure nozzles are not broken. Also, ensure that it screws well into the hose bib.
Outdoor Faucet Inspection
A dripping faucet is harmless, right? Not so. A dripping faucet is a major source of water waste, and it doesn’t matter if it is inside or outside the home. Check outdoor faucets for drips or other signs of water damage.
You may even have a leak brewing elsewhere in your outdoor pipes, but how do you know? Place your fingers over the spigot and turn the water on. If the water is contained with the pressure of your fingers, your water pressure is low and you have a leak on your hands. Call for support from your plumber.
Get the Sprinklers Ready
When is the last time you inspected your irrigation system? Check for leaks by walking around your lawn. Any dead areas of grass? How about any sunken, overly moist areas? These can both be indicators of leaks.
Inspect the system itself. Clean out nozzles from dirt and rocks and make sure none are cracked. Nozzles that are exposed are more likely to suffer damage.
Take an afternoon now and tend to your outdoor plumbing, so that you can relax and enjoy your lawn and garden in the season ahead.