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Outdoor Plumbing 101: Summer Maintenance

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 9:30am

An outdoor plumbing maintenance schedule is a great way to keep your home and your yard healthy all year long. When summer appears and you’re spending more time outdoors, it’s a great time to protect your home against some common problems.

Most of these checks are simple, and you’ll be able to look for problems in a single afternoon.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

The most common part of outdoor plumbing maintenance is to check your entire gutter system. Check everything from the gutters and downspouts to their drains and any collection systems, such as rain barrels.

Remove debris like leaves and twigs before they cause a backup in your system. Backups can lead to damage to your roof, siding and more. After cleaning the debris, use your hose to wash down the gutters and make sure water flows throughout the entire system.

Check Your Faucets

Outdoor faucets and spigots can have a higher risk for leaks because they’re exposed to the weather. If you have a slow, steady drip, you may be wasting hundreds of gallons of water each month. Check for a leak by grabbing a paper bag and a rubber band. Turn off the faucet and let it stop dripping. Tie the bag around the faucet and check back in an hour or two. If it’s wet, it might be time to call a residential plumbing service.

Examine Your Septic Tank Filter

Your septic tank filter is usually in an outlet tee or a separate spot in the drain field near your tank. Problems in the drain field are one of the most likely reasons you have a problem with the tank. Look for spots that are unusually wet, smell bad, or have grass that is greener and healthier looking than the surrounding areas. It’s best to use a residential plumbing service if you have a problem here.

Test Your Sump Pump

Sump pumps protect your home’s basement from flood damage and ground water backups. It’s smart to test it each summer to ensure you’ll be safe if a large rainstorm occurs or when the next winter snow starts to fall. The easiest test is to remove the pump’s lid and pour water into its crock. Make sure your pump turns on and pumps the water, and then turns off when it’s clear of water.

You may want to call a residential plumbing service to test or replace your equipment if the pump doesn’t work correctly.

Consider an Inspection

There’s a lot of motion in your pipes and sewer lines after spring thaws and the summer rain comes. It’s also a prime time for trees and plants to expand their roots. A sewer line inspection from residential plumbing services like Mr. Rooter of Greater Syracuse can help you catch any pipe problems before they become a major problem. Contact our team today!

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