Outdoor Spigots & Gardening Advice From a Plumber

Gardening season is here and whether you’re a seasoned professional or this is a new hobby, we have some tips for you. You may be wondering, “why is my plumber giving me gardening tips?” But there’s actually a lot of plumbing-related projects and tools that you can use in your gardening routine. We want to share some of the best ways you can implement efficient plumbing into your gardening. 

Tip 1: Pay attention to your underground plumbing

Elements of your plumbing system likely run below ground in your yard. This means that you’ll need to be careful when you’re digging to ensure that you don’t accidentally hit one of your pipes. Every home’s plumbing is unique so it’s hard to determine where exactly your pipes, telephone lines, and other important systems may be located beneath your home. Being extra cautious will ensure that you avoid damage that could cost a LOT. 

Tip 2: Install a sprinkler system

Before we recommend installing a sprinkler system it’s important to note that these are not necessary and not every part of your yard/garden needs to be watered constantly. However, a sprinkler system can be a great way to easily maintain your plant life. Before installing a sprinkler/irrigation system be sure that you do research on what works best for your needs. Norfolk Plumbing is happy to provide you with advice on what may work best for your home, however, it’s also important to consult a sprinkler contractor too. 

Tip 3: Choose your plants/trees wisely 

You may not have realized it yet but the roots of your plants and your plumbing pipes are probably fighting an underground battle. Roots from large plants such as trees can grow into your pipes. This can cause punctures that lead to leaking. It may also cause clogs as the roots grow through your pipes causing the waste flowing through them to get backed up. If your pipes get backed up you’ll likely experience bad smells, gurgling noises, and overflowing from drains in your home. Carefully choosing the placement of large plants such as trees and shrubs can help you avoid this issue. 

Tip 4: Make sure your outdoor spigot is ready for use

If you’re an avid gardener or find that you use a hose often around your yard then you likely have an outdoor spigot. Before you begin using it this summer you should be sure that it was not damaged over the winter. Outdoor spigots like other pipes are at risk of freezing in the cold temperatures. Freezing can cause punctures and this can lead to leaking. You should get a plumber out in the spring/summer to make sure that all of your plumbing survived the cold temperatures. 

As you can see, plumbing is a factor that you should consider as you begin gardening and caring for your yard this summer. Being sure that you are cautious of your plumbing system helps ensure that no costly damage is done during your hobby. If you have any concerns or questions regarding plumbing and gardening call Norfolk Plumbing. Our team of experts is happy to share our knowledge so that you can have a great gardening experience this summer! You can contact us at (757) 466-0644.

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