Taking Care of Your Outdoor Plumbing
Many of us know how to make sure that our indoor plumbing is working the way that it should be. But how about outdoor plumbing? In this article, we’re going to look at a few suggestions made by Northbrook Plumbers for people who are looking to take good care of their outdoor plumbing system.
Consider Purchasing a Timer
It sounds like a simple solution, but in all honesty, a timer could end up being the difference between having your system for a year and having it for several years. If you have a pool and/or a sprinkler system, get a timer that is set to turn them on and off during certain times of the day. If you leave it running all of the time, you end up wasting a lot of water and, a lot of cash as well. You can also end up wearing down your pipes and the devices in your yard.
Regularly Check for Breaks and Leaks in Your Hoses
Hoses are finicky things. Unlike pipes, which are made from metal, hoses are made from a rubber compound. Even though it’s a lot more durable than a rubber band the rubber still gets worn down. If it’s left out in the cold too often or worked too hard, it could also start to warp and, eventually, crack. A crack or leak in a hose can end up wasting a lot of water and end up costing you a lot of money. It can also cause issues in other parts of your system that are trying to work harder in order to make up for the lack of pressure. Roll out the hose every once in awhile to make sure there aren’t any leaks or holes. If there are, repair the hose or replace it as soon as you can to prevent any issues.
Drain Everything Before the First Frost Hits
If you live in an area where the winters get really cold, drain out everything before the frost hits and bring all components inside if you can. Let the outdoor spigots drain out so there’s no water that can freeze in it. Make sure the sprinkler system doesn’t have any water stuck in it. If you drain everything, you greatly lessen the chance for damage. If you don’t drain it, the water left in there can freeze, expanding in the space it’s in, causing weaknesses and cracks, which ultimately means that your system isn’t going to work correctly. Drain it all out ahead of time to prevent this.
If you're looking for more tips on how to keep your outdoor plumbing in tip top shape then, contact your local Northbrook plumbers. They can come and check out what you’ve got going on and give you advice about how to make your outdoor plumbing last as long as possible. Don’t delay – you could be saving yourself a lot of money by taking care of this ahead of time.