How to Tell if your Outdoor Plumbing Needs a Repair

When most of us run into a plumbing problem, our gut reaction is to look inside the source — but sometimes, the culprit can come from the great outdoors. Plumbing problems can sometimes be difficult to place, and there might be some significant warning signs you write off or simply ignore because you don't know how to go about fixing them.

While sometimes a plumbing issue is easy to fix, other times, a clogged drain or pipe can cause buildup and bursts that cost you thousands of dollars in repairs and damages. If you're worried, there might be something major amiss with your home's outdoor plumbing, here are some things to look for.

Broken or Leaking Hose Bibb

If you’re unfamiliar with this outdoor plumbing staple, then it’s time to get acquainted. Known as “the faucet” in your backyard, this is the piece where you turn the water on/off and hook up a hose. Of course, without a hose bibb, you wouldn’t be able to have any running water. And just like a kitchen or bathroom sink indoors, the hose bibb can also run into some difficulties.

One of the most common issues is that a hose bibb can wear down over time — and sometimes, that happens all on its own. Another common problem you could face is that the hose bibb could have a leak, which will need to be taken care of immediately or else you’ll notice a gradual increase in your water bill.

Clogged Outdoor Sink Drain

Nowadays, it’s common to find a sink set up in a backyard. Whether it’s on the side of your home or it’s by the shed, an outdoor sink is a perfect solution for when you need to wash your hands after some outdoor gardening, clean up after a BBQ, or just to bathe a small puppy. Regardless of the use, this outdoor fixture can easily get a drain clog just like its indoor counterpart.

To overcome a drain clog, you’ll want to avoid a chemical drain cleaner, since that’s dangerous and could also contaminate the soil. It’s best to call in a professional to help take care of the problem since it will not only help fix your sink in no time, but it will also eliminate creating an even bigger problem with your outdoor plumbing if you were to take care of it yourself.

We Can Help Fix Your Plumbing Problem!

At Mitch Wright Plumbing, Heating & Air, we are here for all of your plumbing and heating/cooling needs, which is why we offer 24/7 emergency services. For more information on the services we provide, visit us on the web or give us a call at (662) 269-0851.