Outdoor plumbing systems can be challenging to maintain, especially if you have a large amount of property. From drains to faucets, sewer lines, septic tanks and more, outdoor plumbing systems are often connected, so problems can easily snowball.
It’s important to keep up with your outdoor plumbing to avoid expensive property costs and repairs. Take a look at the plumbing tips below to ensure that your outdoor system runs smoothly year-round.
Outdoor Drain Maintenance
Given the elements of the outdoors, plumbing systems require a little more upkeep. Drains are often targets for various debris and can be easily overlooked.
To make sure your yard drains are in working order, check them regularly and remove any leaves or debri you find in your gutters and downspouts. You’ll also want to keep an eye on your window wells and remove any debri that get caught in them. Another thing to check is plumbing vent pipes. These are prime locations for birds’ nests, especially those around warm areas like pipes from the dryer to the outside.
Also keep an eye on growing roots that can break or damage your drain lines. A twice-a-year application of Roto-Rooter Root Destroyer can prevent this. Pour the recommended amount into your toilet bowl and flush the line.
If you are unsure or anxious about fixing a clogged drain – or don’t have the time to diagnose the problem – Roto-Rooter’s drain cleaning service has you covered.
Outdoor Faucet Help
Setting aside time to take care of your lawn is hard enough even when your faucets are working correctly. Keep your outdoor faucets in better shape by doing the following:
- Check all the outdoor faucets on your property. The faucets and hose bibs should allow water to flow steady and freely. Have a faucet that is leaking or barely dripping after it is turned on? This could be a cracked pipe and it will need to be fixed.
- Take proper precaution for the winter months. Prep your outdoor faucets for the cold so they don’t expand or crack.
- Most outdoor faucets have a washer, spigot, the aerator, valves and spout. When the water pressure on your outdoor faucet can’t produce a consistent flow, debris or wear could be affecting one of these components.
Septic System Maintenance
Septic systems are an important part of outdoor plumbing. Your septic system needs to be pumped and inspected every three to five years. Without proper maintenance, the Environmental Protection Agency states repairing a broken system can cost $3,000-$7,000!
Make sure to keep a record of your septic system. There should detailed notes on any pumped lines and inspections, repairs, maintenance visits, or permits. Also, have a rough outline of where your septic system is located within your property.
Looking for an extra boost? By adding Roto-Rooter Septic & Cesspool Treatment to your septic tank every four to six months, your septic system will run the right way.