Spring will be in full swing before you know it. Are your home and garden ready? It’s a great time when the seasons change to tend to some important home maintenance tasks that can help to reduce your costs as a homeowner in Scottsdale, AZ.
You also can take care of smaller problems now so that you can have peace of mind and enjoy your home this spring. The first thing on your list should be inspecting your outdoor plumbing. Here is what you need to know.
Hoses are made of rubber, which means that they don’t last forever. They will crack and break over time. The problem is that when you turn the water on, it leaks out.
Not only does this not give your garden the moisture it needs, but it also wastes a lot of water, which will raise your water bills by quite a bit.
Take some time to look them over and replace any that are broken. Also, make sure that the hose will attach smoothly to the hose bib.
Time to Clean the Gutters
It doesn’t take more than a couple of good windstorms over the winter to kick up dirt, debris and leaves that somehow always end up in your gutters.
The problem is that this will block your water drainage and can cause water leaks and damage.
Avoid using a hose to flush the gutters out. This wastes water. Instead get the debris out of your gutters using a broom.
Make a point of inspecting each outdoor faucet. Are there signs of water damage? Is there rust? Are there mineral deposits on the faucet or piping?
Is there water dripping? One way to test if there is a leak in the piping is to place your finger or thumb over the opening of the spigot. Turn it on.
If water blasts and knocks your fingers off the spigot, you’re ok. If you can contain the flow, it means that the water pressure is low because of a leak in the piping.
It’s going to be prime watering season soon, so make sure that your sprinkler system is ready to go. First, check out the nozzles and clean them out from any dirt or rocks that could constrict the water.
Also, check the timers and replace backup batteries. There are a few ways to detect a water leak in your irrigation system.
Keep your eyes open for sunken patches or for dying areas of your lawn. Now that you’ve taken care of your outdoor plumbing, can we assist you with your indoor plumbing too?