Guide to Outdoor Plumbing Maintenance in the Twin Cities

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Minneapolis-St. Paul homes face unique climate challenges with long, brutal winters and unpredictable, extreme weather, so maintaining your home’s outdoor plumbing systems is a must.

Otherwise, you may find yourself dealing with some unpleasant plumbing surprises, as neglecting outdoor plumbing maintenance can lead to costly repairs, water wastage, and potential damage to your property.

In this guide, the plumbing experts at Dean’s Home Services cover the significance of outdoor plumbing maintenance for Twin Cities properties and recommend key tasks to keep your system in top condition.

Importance of Home Plumbing Maintenance

Your outdoor plumbing system is exposed to various elements, including severe winter weather, debris, and natural wear and tear. Regular maintenance helps safeguard it against leaks, clogs, and water damage. Investing time in outdoor plumbing maintenance can prolong your plumbing infrastructure’s lifespan and ensure efficient water usage throughout the seasons.

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Outdoor Plumbing Maintenance We Recommend

To keep your outdoor plumbing system in excellent condition, here are some essential maintenance tasks that our professional plumbers recommend:

1. Inspecting & Cleaning Gutters

Clearing debris from gutters prevents blockages that can lead to water overflow and damage to your home’s exterior. We recommend scheduling regular inspections and cleanings after periods of heavy rain or during the fall season when leaves, twigs, and other debris are more likely to accumulate within your system.

2. Checking Outdoor Faucets

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Inspect outdoor faucets for signs of leaks or damage. Replace worn-out washers or fixtures to prevent wasted water and potential water damage to your property. Consider installing frost-proof faucets to minimize the risk of freezing during the notorious Twin Cities cold in the winter months.

3. Maintaining Sprinkler Systems

Regularly inspect and adjust sprinkler heads to ensure proper water distribution across your lawn or garden. Check for leaks, clogs, or misalignments that may affect the efficiency of your irrigation system. Consider investing in a smart irrigation controller for automated scheduling and water conservation.

4. Preparing for Harsh Winters

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Before winter, take proactive steps to protect your outdoor plumbing from freezing temperatures. Drain and disconnect hoses, insulate outdoor pipes, and shut off the water supply to outdoor faucets. Consider using heat tape or pipe insulation for added protection against freezing.

5. Pool & Spa Plumbing Maintenance

If you have a pool or hot tub, include these fixtures in your plumbing maintenance routine. Regularly inspect pumps, filters, and pipes for leaks or damage. Clean filters and remove debris to maintain optimal water quality and circulation.

Choose Dean’s as Your Twin Cities Plumber

By incorporating these outdoor plumbing maintenance tasks into your routine, you can ensure the longevity and efficiency of your plumbing system.

At Dean’s Home Services, our team delivers the comprehensive plumbing maintenance solutions that Twin Cities residents have trusted since 1996. With over 100 years of combined experience, our plumbers are uniquely capable of ensuring your plumbing system is built to last the long term.

Schedule your plumbing maintenance appointment with our team by reaching out online or calling us today.

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