Continue reading to learn how to manage your outdoor plumbing and prepare it for the spring and summer.
Outdoor Plumbing Tips
When it comes to preparing your outdoor living spaces for the spring, the first step is an inspection. Take some time to walk around your home and check for issues regarding your outdoor plumbing. Once you complete this inspection, you have a better idea of what actions need to be taken next. Here’s where to start:
• Check all outdoor drains, gutters, window wells, and downspouts for blockages and damage.
• Check all hose bibs and faucets to ensure water flow is normal.
• Check all plumbing vent pipes (including the outside dryer vent) for blockages.
• Check the septic tank filter field for damage or clogs.
Blockages in these areas commonly include leaves, pine cones, twigs, trash, birds’ nests, and other miscellaneous debris. It is important to inspect for these obstructions as often as possible in order to prevent costly structural damage repairs. Once you finish your initial inspection, it is recommended to carry out the following tasks:
• Remove all blockages from drains, gutters, vents, downspouts and window wells.
• Repair any damages to the above areas.
• Apply a quality root-killing drain cleaner to your drain line.
• Have your septic tank pumped if necessary.
• Hire a licensed plumber to provide comprehensive inspection services.
It will probably require professional service to repair any damages to gutters, downspouts, vents, and drains, as well as, make any replacements. It is not safe to attempt these tasks without certified training, ample experience, and proper equipment. When it comes to the septic tank, it is important to have it pumped every 3 to 5 years. This will reduce the need for expensive filter field replacement.
In order to ensure your outdoor plumbing is leak-free and in good condition, you need to hire a licensed plumbing company for professional inspection and diagnostic services. They retain the proper tools, equipment, and training to accurately identify areas of concern, and recommend effective and affordable solutions for plumbing problems. Catching a problem early on is cheaper than waiting for it to become a big, costly repair.