Last fall, you prepared your plumbing system for freezing weather conditions. With spring here, it’s time to reverse course and get your exterior plumbing features ready for regular, frequent use in the warmer months ahead.
This doesn’t have to be time-consuming. You can complete the entire process quickly and with minimal effort by walking through these steps.
What Steps Matter Most?
1. Check for Exterior Faucet Leaks
After the last freeze of the year has passed, unwrap the exterior faucets or spigots that you protected with insulation last fall. As you do, look for signs of leaks or moisture. If you notice any unexpected moisture on the insulating material, exterior wall or ground, contact a plumber for a leak repair as soon as possible.
Some people overlook a seemingly minor issue, such as a slow drip from the spigot. This can lead to expensive and unnecessary water waste. There may be additional, pipe damage inside the wall. A professional plumber will be able to detect this using specialized equipment.
2. Look for Signs of a Hidden Leak Underground
The soil naturally insulates pipes that are connected to the sprinkler system. However, when the temperature is cold enough, the water in the underground pipes can freeze. These leaks may be more difficult to find, but if a small area of your lawn or yard is wet for no identifiable reason, you could have a ruptured pipe underneath the ground. Some people also notice that their water bill is exceptionally higher than usual. A plumber can quickly identify the presence of a leak and make the repairs.
3. Prepare the Sprinkler System for Regular Use
If you have a sprinkler system, it may now be time to start using it. To dewinterize the system, first ensure that the soil is thawed and that all risks of another freeze have passed for the season. Clean each sprinkler head as needed, or hire a professional to do the job for you. You can then turn on the main control system and adjust the water supply valve. Remember to adjust the watering schedule and irrigation zones based on your current needs.
4. Connect Your Hose Properly to the Faucet
Whether you have a sprinkler system or not, you may use your water hose frequently throughout the spring and summer months. Simply screw the water hose adapter onto the faucet spigot. You may need to tighten the connection with pliers. Turn the water on to ensure that the connection is secure. If your spigot is leaking, call a plumber to replace the faucet for you.
5. Keep Your Hose Properly Rolled When Not in Use
After connecting your hose to the faucet, you need to keep it stored properly so that it is immediately ready for use. Simply winding the hose on the ground is not preferable. This strategy can lead to kinks that can ultimately damage the hose. A better idea is to wrap the hose on a dedicated reel. To begin, turn off the water supply, and drain water out of the hose as much as possible. Then, lay the hose completely flat and extended in a straight line. Using the reel, wind the hose up neatly.
Whether you are hydrating your lawn, washing your car in the driveway or using water in other ways, your exterior plumbing features must be in great condition. After walking through these steps, your plumbing system will be ready for summer.
To ensure your plumbing system is in good working order, contact the pros at Performance Plumbing, Inc.. If you are searching for reliable plumbing services in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News, Hampton, or nearby, you have come to the right place. At Performance Plumbing, Inc., our Norfolk plumbing company has been delivering dependable plumbing solutions for residential and commercial customers since 2001. To schedule your appointment, visit our website or call (757) 300-0212.