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Summer Checklist for Outdoor Plumbing Fixtures

When many homeowners consider checking the plumbing in their home, they only think of the toilets, sinks, and showers. However, the exterior of a home may also have extensive plumbing fixtures, and these are the ones most often neglected.

Here is a summer plumbing checklist for all of the outdoor plumbing fixtures around the house that may be in need of repair or replacement.

Check for Outside Faucet Leaks

A dripping outside faucet wastes water and money, and no homeowner has time for that. Take a walk around your home to make sure that none of the exterior faucets are leaking. If you notice a drip, the hose bib or faucet itself may need to be replaced.

Inspect Plumbing Vent Pipes

Another important area to take a look at is your plumbing vent pipes, because a blocked pipe could prevent your plumbing fixtures from draining properly. Environmental debris, like bird nests and leaves, can cause these pipes to become blocked. Remove these items immediately and inspect the pipes regularly to make sure water can flow well through your pipes.

Pool Plumbing Maintenance

One of the best parts about summer is going swimming, and it’s even better you’re fortunate enough to have your own backyard pool. In addition to cleaning the pool of debris, dropping in cleaning tablets, and filling it to the top with water, it’s also important to check the pool pump motors. The connections and filters may also require maintenance or replacement parts before you take your first dip of the season.

Sprinkler Plumbing Maintenance

If you water your lawn to keep it nice and green all summer long, now is also a good time to inspect your sprinkler system. If any leaks appear from your pipes or if any sprinkler heads are broken, now is the time to replace them.

Test Garden Fountains

Flowing water in a fountain or bird bath brings elegance and tranquilly to an outdoor garden space. To keep your garden fountain working well all summer, take a look at the hose and pump connections and make sure that pipes that lead to the fountain aren’t leaking.

Sump Pump Inspection

Many homes with basements have sump pumps in case of flooding. Summer is often known for high rains and potential flood conditions, so now is a great time to take a look at your sump pump. Even if the summer is predicted to be dry, it’s a smart idea to still check your sump pump to make repairs before heavier rains come in the fall.

Well Pump Maintenance

If your home is supplied with well water, summer is also a good time to check the well pump. Cracks and leaks tend to develop over time and are made worse by harsh winter conditions. Also check to see if the pump motor is working properly.

Check the Water Heater

The last thing you might be thinking of on a hot summer’s day is hot water. But you still need your water heater working well for showers, laundry, and cooking. As part of summer checklist, have your water heater checked out to make sure that it’s working well.

Outdoor Plumbing Supply NYC

Central Plumbing Specialties is ready to help you with all your plumbing supply NYC needs as you prepare for the summer season. We carry a wide variety of HVAC, pump, and plumbing products to help you get prepared to enjoy the warm and sunny months ahead.

Whether you have a tiny yard in the city or a big one in the suburbs, we have the plumbing fixtures you need to conserve water and preserve the longevity of your home. Stop by one of our locations in New York City, the Bronx, Spring Valley, or Yonkers to pick up the supplies you need for efficient and beautiful outdoor space.

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