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Outdoor Faucet (Hose Bib) Plumbing Services & Repairs

When was the last time you used your outdoor faucet? If you're like most homeowners, you probably need it fairly often, at least during the warmer seasons. People use their outdoor faucets for a variety of reasons, from watering the garden to washing the car. In fact, many homeowners utilize their outdoor faucets more than they realize. But like indoor faucets, the ones outside your home sometimes become damaged or start leaking, which can lead to flooding, higher water bills and an array of other problems. Luckily, Flush Plumbing is here to help you if you should have any issues with your outdoor faucets.

​​​​​​​An ounce of prevention will go a long way toward keeping your home’s plumbing in top working order – and you’ll avoid costly repairs!

Faucets and Sinks

Even the smallest of drips can waste thousands of gallons of water, as much as 150 gallons a day! Be sure to check under sinks for any moisture or leaks. If you find any leaky faucets, have them repaired right away to avoid paying for wasted water, and also to avoid water damage to your fixtures and pipes.

To help ensure an even flow or water, remove and clean your faucet aerators annually.

Make sure overflow holes on tubs and vanities are clear and open to prevent water damage to floors and ceilings.


Water Heater

Before doing any maintenance on your water heater yourself, be sure to shut off the power, and read your owner's manual.

You should also periodically inspect your water heater burner. The flame under the heater should appear blue with yellow tips.  If it’s mostly yellow, or if it’s sooty under there, your flue may be clogged, which is a dangerous situation.  Contact us to check it out.

We recommend having your water heater inspected by a service technician every year. He or she will also check the drain valve for signs of leakage, and the anode rods for corrosion.

Toilets

Toilet leaks can be wasteful and expensive.  At least once a year, check your toilet for leaks by adding a few drops of dark colored food coloring to the tank, and then check the toilet bowl about 10-15 minutes later. If the toilet bowl water has turned that color, water is seeping through from the tank. If it is leaking, you should replace the tank ball and or the flapper.

Clogs

To help prevent clogs, you can fit all your tubs and shower drains with a strainer that catches hair and soap pieces.  But remember to clean the strainer regularly.  Do not rinse fats or cooking oils down the kitchen sink.  Liquid fats solidify in the cold pipes and create clogs.

Avoid using caustic liquid drain openers (like Drano or Liquid Plumber) on a drain that is completely clogged. The caustic ingredients are trapped in your pipes, and it can severely damage them.  If you can’t snake the drain yourself, contact a professional to do so.  


Garbage Disposal

  • You can extend the life of your garbage disposal by:
  • Using plenty of cold water when running it.
  • Making sure you avoid overloading it.
  • Never disposing of things like bones or corn husks.
  • Never using a caustic drain opener.


Water Conservation - Inside

  • Turn off faucets while brushing teeth or shaving.
  • Install water efficient fixtures such as low flow shower heads and faucet aerators.
  • Test for toilet leaks.  Add food coloring to the toilet tank and do not flush the toilet.  Watch to see if the coloring appears in the toilet bowl within a few minutes.  If so, the toilet has a leak.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Run only full loads of laundry in your washing machine or dishes in your dishwasher.  This will save water and energy.


 






Outdoor Faucet Maintenance Tips

There are a few ways you can maintain your outdoor hose bib to keep it working properly throughout the year. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Check your outdoor faucets and hose bibs regularly to make sure they are running properly. Leaks and low pressure are both signs that something could be wrong with your faucet.
If you live in a cold climate, you should consider winterizing your outdoor faucets. That means disconnecting the hose, letting it drain and installing a cover over the spigot. Leaving a hose full of water attached to your faucet could cause the water in the hose - as well as the water in the pipes leading into your home - to freeze and potentially burst.  
Be sure to utilize the shut-off valves located inside your home to drain water from pipes leading to outdoor hose bibs. These valves can typically be found under sinks, in crawl spaces or basements, near your water heater or your meter, but every home is different and some homes may not be equipped with these valves.
Circulating warm air helps keep pipes in the walls from freezing. Keep your house temperature above 55° to prevent pipes from freezing and open cabinet doors under sinks and faucets and near exterior walls to help circulate warm air and keep pipes warmer.