The first time you turn on an exterior faucet after the cold winter months can be a big surprise. And not in the “oh this is so cool” kinda way….
Take a few minutes and take a look at each exterior faucet – don’t forget that one on the side of the house you never use!. Slowly turn on each one, and check for leaks. If possible, have someone inside near the faucet listening for any signs of a leak within the wall or floor as the water is turned on. A burst pipe due to cold weather will sometimes leak inside your home rather than out, and many a flooded basement has occurred during the first spring use of an exterior faucet!
Check the condition of the siding behind and around the faucet. Paint or caulk if needed, to prevent further water damage this summer.
A stem leak from the faucet valve, or a bad washer on the end of your hose can cause water to spray back onto the home. You don’t want this water to damage siding, or worse, get inside the home!
A new 5c washer on the end of your garden hose can be a great investment. 🙂
Here’s to happy gardening, cleaning, and car washing this summer.