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Outdoor Plumbing Tips for the Summer

While most homeowners take the time to check out the plumbing in their homes, the majority overlook inspecting the outdoor plumbing. Unfortunately, neglecting exterior plumbing fixtures and equipment can lead to costly problems. The following are a few tips that will help keep your outdoor plumbing in tip-top shape.

Inspect the Sprinkler System

When it’s time to run the sprinklers, check out the sprinkler system, inspecting sprinkler heads to make sure that water isn’t pooling up around them. You should also establish the radius of the sprinkler heads so you only water the necessary coverage areas, avoiding water waste.

Gutter and Downspouts

Long summer months typically come with unpredictable weather, including rain. Gutters and downspouts help maintain the integrity of your home’s foundation by handling excess rain. They need to be cleaned at least twice a year to keep debris, insects, etc., from clogging the system. Well maintained gutters will also help prevent water from leaking into your home and causing extensive damage.

Check Sewer Lines and Septic Systems

Sewer lines and septic systems are designed for repeated use, but that doesn’t mean that cracks and other problems can’t develop. This is especially the case during the summer months when the kids are out of school and the facilities are being used so much more. Sewer and septic tanks should be inspected regularly to ensure that they continue to function properly.

There are several preventative plumbing measures you can take to get ready for and enjoy the summer months. It is always best to find and address potential problems early on before they become big expensive ones.