Summer is in full swing and many of us are spending the better part of each day outdoors. Enjoying time in the warm weather and playing in the water are two of the most popular summer time activities. But, with great fun comes great responsibility ~ or, just consideration for your outdoor plumbing. Here are some things to keep in mind with regards to your outdoor plumbing this summer.
When you think of the term outdoor plumbing, you probably don’t think of your garden hose. But, that is exactly what outdoor plumbing is referring to. In fact, your garden hose is essentially just an extension of your home’s plumbing system and must be cared for just the same way you would your drain or pipes. After you have used your hose, make sure to properly stow it away so that it doesn’t get damaged or warped by the sun. If your hose as a crack in it, replace it all together. Having a cracked hose connected to your plumbing system can cause air in the line and future problems. If your hose bib is dripping or leaking, make sure to get it fixed right away. Even a small leak can lead to significant water loss and a higher water bill.
Watering your lawn during the summer time takes special care. It is important to water during the early hours of the morning or late evening to make sure the temperature is optimal for your lawn to absorb the water and not have it all evaporate. This is important to your plumbing because watering your lawn without the benefit of your lawn absorbing the water is a waste of water and of money. If you have a sprinkler or irrigation system, make sure to check the lines and sprinkler heads regularly for damage. A leak in your sprinkler or irrigation system can cause an extreme water bill.
If you have any plumbing outdoors such as an outdoor shower, a floor drain in the shop or garage, or a pool or guest house, be sure to check in on these areas now and again. Especially during the summertime when more members of your household are outdoors and more likely to use these plumbing fixtures.
Your plumbing system is expansive and includes both indoor and outdoor sections. Make sure to take some time this summer to touch base on the outdoor sections to ensure there are no surprises this winter.