With spring just around the corner, many homeowners are beginning to plan their yard work. However, many people often forget one important step before starting yard work: checking the plumbing. From clogged drains to leaky faucets, there can be a variety of plumbing problems that could prevent homeowners from jumping right into their yard work. Because of this, this article is going to discuss a few important plumbing tasks you should take care of before getting started on spring yard work.
One of the most important things to do before getting started on any major yard work is figuring out where the underground water lines are location. While it can be tempting to jump right in and start digging, this can put a damper on your yard work plans if you accidentally hit a water line. So to avoid this, make sure you work with local plumbers to find out where it’s safe to start digging.
Along with figuring out where water lines are located, you should also check your yard for unusually wet areas. Spring often brings wet yards, but unusually wet areas may be a sign of a broken pipe. This is commonly seen after winter causes pipes to freeze and burst, but it might not be noticed until spring. You should also check exposed pipes on the exterior of your house for any damages the winter weather may have caused.
Your downspouts should be examined as well. All downspouts should be pointed away from your home’s foundation to avoid flooding near your home. Additionally, all buildup and debris should be removed from downspouts, gutters, and storm drains to prevent clogs.
With yard work often comes watering new flowers and shrubbery. To ensure you have proper access to water outside, your faucets should all be tested. If the water was turned off for the winter, testing them before use is especially important. This is also a great time to make sure your gardening hose is leak-free and in working condition. Ensuring you don’t have leaky faucets is key to being able to successfully water your greenery. This is also important for saving money on your water bill, seeing as how a leaky faucet will waste over one gallon of water each week if it drips just twice per minute.
And lastly, you should have your sump pump checked. Spring means a lot of rain, which can be good for your flowers, but bad for your sump pump. Because of this, it’s important to have plumbers come and take a look at it and complete any necessary repairs.
Without proper plumbing inspection and repair, you could be facing a difficult gardening season. So make sure to contact your plumbers and ensure all of your pipes, faucets, and drains are in perfect condition so you can give your lawn the best care possible.