It’s springtime on the Central Coast. That means spending more time outside, and barbeques, gardening, and outdoor beautification are all on the minds of homeowners.
While it may not seem like something you’d need to think about between soaking up the sun and tending to spring blooms, it’s a great time to check in on your outdoor plumbing.
Our friendly Lompoc plumbers have come up with a list of outdoor plumbing tips for spring to ensure there are no unseemly surprises to spoil your springtime enjoyment.
Check On Your Sprinklers
A thorough inspection of your irrigation system should be top of the list of spring plumbing maintenance. Many homeowners may use their sprinklers year-round here in sunny California, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look at all the valves, lines, and spouts to make sure that they are functioning well and without blockages or leaks.
Even if you keep the water flowing all year, the precipitation we do get may hide just how hydrated your lawn and garden will be in the coming dry months. You don’t want to find out about problems by discovering yellow spots in your lawn or your shrubbery drying up.
Clean Your Gutters
Wind and winter storms always do a good job of whipping up leaves, branches, and debris into places where they shouldn’t be – especially your gutters.
Don’t wait until the rain starts falling again to find out if you have blockages or damage to your gutters. Clean them out now so they’re ready to work how they should when it’s time.
Don’t Forget the Faucets
Your outdoor faucets may be leaking and you wouldn’t even know it.
Here’s how you can find out:
Place your thumb over the spigot, so it is blocked, and turn the water on. If the water is contained by your thumb, that indicates that there is a leak somewhere in the piping.
If the pressure is too great for your hand, you are all good. An unseen leak could mean big damage if it’s not taken care of asap. Call the Lompoc Plumbing pros for help.
Inspect Your Septic System
Another job for the pros is inspecting your septic system. Doing so could prevent a mess that would definitely put a damper on the weekend BBQ with friends and family.
If you have one, septic tanks should be inspected and pumped every three to five years to prevent costly replacement of the filter field, in the range of $3,000-$7,000!
Contact our professional Lompoc plumbers if your septic system is overdue for inspection or if you have any other outdoor plumbing concerns. Call Griffin Plumbing at 805-934-1949 today!