Hey there, my name is Russell Tyson. I am going to use this site to educate my readers about services offered by plumbing professionals. When I first started my company, I was unaware of all the necessary plumbing procedures needed to keep the toilets from backing up. My clients often failed to notify me when a toilet started to fail, likely due to embarrassment or a lack of time. Luckily, I was clued into the value of hiring plumbers to perform regular maintenance and repairs on the toilets to keep them in fine shape. I hope to detail those services on this site to inspire others to embrace preventative plumbing procedures.
The winter season is well known for being troublesome for your house's plumbing system. The return of spring is quite welcome for this reason, but you should use the start of the season to inspect your property and make sure there is no lingering damage from the winter. In particular, the outside or exterior of your house is a key area that sometimes gets overlooked when it comes to plumbing maintenance. Here are some outdoor plumbing tips to keep in mind for this spring.
Check Your Hose Bibs and Outdoor Faucets
Hopefully, you remembered to turn off all outdoor faucets before winter arrived. Now, with spring coming up fast, it's time to head outside and see what happens when you turn your outdoor faucets back on. You are ideally looking for the water to flow immediately and freely with no dripping or strange noises to speak of. If turning on the faucet causes something strange to happen or, in a worst-case scenario, you notice water leaking somewhere inside the house when the outdoor faucet is turned on, this could mean something bad happened to one of your pipes during the winter. For example, a frozen pipe might have caused a small leak that you are only now noticing.
Make Sure Your Yard Is Draining Properly
Spring can bring the return of rain, and hopefully, you have a gutter and downspout system installed to move the water away from the house and towards an outdoor drain. You might want to test your outdoor drain by intentionally pouring some water into it or running the garden hose across the yard for a while. You are looking for water to drain naturally, on its own, and without forming any puddles. If your outdoor drains are backed up or running slowly, you might need to contact someone to take a closer look.
Check Your Vent Pipes
Your plumbing system likely has vent pipes located outside your house. During the winter, these vent pipes can prove to be a popular area for late-hibernating birds or other critters who are looking to shield themselves from the cold. You'll want to check your plumbing vent pipes for bird nests or any other signs of uninvited guests. Keeping your plumbing vents clear helps water move freely through your plumbing system. The incoming fresh air helps create pressure that is used to move water every time you turn on a faucet or flush the toilet. A blockage could cause your plumbing system to operate much less efficiently.
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