You may fret so much over your indoor plumbing with its endless clogs and leaks that it’s easy to ignore the plumbing that’s there for the outside of your house. But this plumbing needs as much maintenance as that which connects to your bathtubs or your sinks. It may even need more as it is exposed to the weather, including Yuma’s punishingly hot summers. Benefits of regular outdoor plumbing maintenance include:
- Maintaining safety
- Helping to save money
- Maintaining or increasing property values
- Helping water to flow freely
The following are some tips to keep your outdoor plumbing in good shape throughout the year.
Check Outdoor Fixtures
You should regularly check your outdoor faucets and hose bibs to make sure that they’re clog-free and water can flow without impediment. If the fixture leaks and water doesn’t flow, you might have a crack or hole in a pipe.
Clean Yard Drains, Gutters and Downspouts
Make sure that outdoor drains, downspouts and gutters are free of debris. Debris that’s left in these items can cause rust and eventual corrosion and failure. You can clean your gutters with your garden hose by starting at the high end if it has one spout or starting in the middle if it has two. Some experts recommend using a broom if you want to save water. You can even use a snake to loosen blockages. If you are wary of climbing a ladder to clean out your gutters, don’t hesitate to call one of our PHD plumbers to do it.
Check Vent Pipes for Nests
Birds, mice and other critters find ingenious places to build their nests. Vent pipes are some of them. Check these pipes out, and if you find an empty nest, remove and discard it.
Have the Septic Tank Pumped
If you have a septic tank, you should have it pumped every few years. The interval depends on how many people and pets live in your house. Our plumbers recommend every three to five years depending on the size of your household.
Have the Sewer Line Inspected
You should have your sewer line inspected in the spring. This is when it is most susceptible to the hair-like roots of trees and shrubs infiltrating it. If these roots become extensive, they can not only cause clogs but crack the pipe.
Call PHD for Plumbing Service
Called the sunniest place in the USA, Yuma is a beautiful city and a great place to live. Our plumbers at PHD pride themselves on their knowledge, skills, courtesy and punctuality when servicing the plumbing of its residents. We stand ready whether you need drain cleaning, sewer line repair, leak detection or another plumbing job.
Don’t hesitate. Call PHD Plumbing today!