While you might think of summer as warm days, pool parties and barbecues, for your outdoor fixtures summer often means lots of rain, scorching sun, bugs, and humidity. While you probably enjoy the long, hot days with fireflies, these summer conditions can be difficult on your fixtures and can lead to substantial wear and tear.
What’s worse, many of us take little to no time to repair, inspect or maintain our outdoor fixtures. This year, amidst your summer fun, take some time to care for your outdoor fixtures to ensure that your outdoor plumbing is working well, and is prepared for the upcoming season.
Are Your Fixtures in Need of Repair?
Are your outdoor fixtures in need of repair? Whether it’s a rusted out faucet or a sprinkler line that isn’t getting enough water pressure, repair issues need to be addressed.
Not only do they limit your ability to do outdoor chores, like watering your plants, which is a must in the summer months, but also they can be unsightly. Unfortunately, more often than not, they go unrepaired.
As a homeowner, you should do your best to do ongoing checks of all your fixtures. Open faucets, test hose connections, and even look for rust in the water. When you catch repair issues early, you could save tons by preventing emergency issues.
What is the Condition of Your Outdoor Plumbing?
While you’re focusing on your outdoor features, take some time to check on your outdoor plumbing. This is another area that often gets overlooked, and small issues can linger for long periods of time.
Do your outdoor faucets leak? Are your pipes in good shape? Do you have a broken sprinkler head? Whatever issues you might have, make sure that you are aware of them and have a plan to fix them.
Even small drips or leaks at faucets or minor draining problems can lead to bigger issues in the future. Additionally, they can be the cause of a higher water bill or wasted water right now. So, take the time to inspect your outdoor plumbing this year to help make sure everything is in good condition and working properly.
When to Replace Outdoor Fixtures?
Sometimes once you start repairing your outdoor fixtures it can make you wonder whether the fixture is actually in need of being replaced. While you can always call a professional to help determine if a replacement is necessary, here are some signs to look out for:
- Evidence of a wiring or connectivity issue
- Low-quality components (plastic or composite as opposed to brass or copper)
- Substantial rust
- A very old fixture with components and wiring that show age
Maintaining outdoor plumbing and fixtures is an important, but often overlooked task for many of us. Break this habit and take some time to inspect both this year. If you have any questions or concerns about your outdoor fixtures or plumbing, don’t hesitate to call Lascko Services today at (231) 201-2624. We can help you ensure that everything is working smoothly and that your outdoor fixtures and plumbing receive the maintenance and repairs that they need.