How to Tell if Your Outdoor Plumbing Is in Good Shape

It’s that time of year when you’ll spend more time outdoors than you will indoors! Before you get started on rearranging your yard, it’s important to give your outdoor plumbing a quick, painless inspection. While this might seem like a daunting task, it’s actually quite simple to conduct! Here are a few spots to check, first:

Hose Bibb

One of the most important spots to check is your hose bibb. If you’re not sure what that is just by the name, it happens to be the area where you hook up a hose and turn the water on and off. While this plumbing essential might seem quite sturdy for most homeowners, it can actually be susceptible to damage quite easily.

To start, you’ll want to evaluate the bibb from head to toe. When examining, look for any potential cracks that might you run into. If you don’t happen to see anything, then you’re good to go. If you do see any sort of breakage, then it will need to be replaced immediately, since that could lead to a potential problem.

Examine the Hose

After you inspect the hose bibb, it’s time to inspect the actual hose itself. Whether it’s a standard hose or one of those seen on an infomercial, you’ll want to make sure that the hose doesn’t have any wear or tear. The reason being is that the minute you hook it up to water and turn on the hose bibb, you’ll have water spraying in every direction around your yard.

Of course, if your hose has seen better days or something looks off (i.e., a possible tear), then you’ll want to replace it right away. Now if your hose is in great shape, you’ll want to keep it like that — and purchasing a hose reel to keep it in shape (and avoid any kinks in the line).

In-ground Sprinklers

When was the last time you examined your underground sprinkler system thoroughly? If you can’t recall, then now is the time to do it. This inspection may be tedious, but it’s worth it in the end. To start, you’ll want to examine every spray head and make sure that they’re not cracked. If you happen to see a damaged head or one that is missing, then it’s important to have that replaced right away so that you won’t be faced with a “broken fire hydrant” effect.

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