garden hoseThe garden hose is one of the most important elements of conveying water from one point of your compound to another. Either for reasons that involve your little garden or your flower bed, the garden hose makes sure that the water gets there safely and at the right quantity and quality as well. Therefore, taking care of this piece is an equally important task that you should impose upon yourself. In case your garden hose has any problems, then ensuring the proper repairing of this piece of equipment is essential thus guaranteeing its further use in your home.

Repairing Small Leaks

Repairing this sorts of leaks is one of the easiest tasks that you can impose upon yourself. If you have identified such a leak in your garden hose, then take a step to ensure that this leak does not further develop into an even larger leak that can cause eventual breakdown of the hose. What you just need to use here is common electrical tape to seal this small leaks. There is also the specially made tape for this task and you can get it at your local store. Just, first clean the hose and dry it then apply the tape. Don’t make it too tight but overlap it severally around the hose and your hose will be as good as new. Repairing small leaks is not a drag so you need not worry too much about this.

What To Do With A Leaking Spigot

A spigot is a technical term for a faucet or tap that is used to regulate the amount of water that comes out of the hose. There isn’t much repair that you can do to this except tightening it where necessary and if it still leaks then it’s time to get a new one and replace that leaking one. Replacing this is simply easy so you need not really call a plumber or any specialist for that matter to do it for you.After you have replaced this part, then the hose should work perfectly and deliver the water quantity that you need and at the pressure that you want it. This sorts of home repairs are easy and don’t need much expertise while undertaking them. Note that, when replacing this part, make sure it is exactly the one that your hose had or it actually fits so that you may not buy a larger or smaller spigot than the circumference of your hose.

Repairing large Leaks

With these kinds of leaks, the work can be a little bit more engaging but that notwithstanding it is not entirely impossible to do without any prior expertise. The work involved is pretty simple, but it requires precision. You cut out the extremely damaged parts and you intentionally replace them with a mender. A mender is a rubber or vinyl material that fits your garden hose especially the part where you cut out. So, you have to make sure that the mender is of the right material as well as of the right dimensions for it to fit your hose perfectly and avoid future unnecessary leaks. Make sure also that your cuts are straight and this is carefully done by a very sharp knife that is at your disposal. You can take the cut out damaged part to the store when purchasing the replacement part so as to avoid any uncertainties or inconveniences that may arise.

Steps on Replacing Fittings Like The Mender

Clean the hose first thoroughly and dry it to perfection then rub a little lubricant like soap on the repair area to make it a little better pliable and the easier to make amends to.

First step: Cutting out the damaged or leaking portion and making the ends as square as you possibly can.

Second step: Loosening the screws that are on the replacement coupler.

Third step: Inserting the cut end of the the sections of the hose into one side of the clamp mender.

Fourth step: Tightening the screws hard enough.

Fifth step: Attaching the hose to a nozzle or sprinkler and by turning on the water, you will get to realize if the clamps need any further tightening to avoid any more leaks.

If you follow all these steps, be sure your garden hose will be okay and deliver the required work.

By undergoing preventative maintenance and examining your plumbing system often, you can keep yourself off from expensive repair bills as well as the steady, slow expense that occurs due to leaks and drips. Below are 10 tips to avoid plumbing repairs.

Look out for any leaks

Leaks can occur in numerous areas in a plumbing system hence the need to address them right away to curb water damage and waste. Occasionally, look out for any of these signs: toilets that continue to run after flushing; constant wetness around toilets and faucets; pipes with mineral deposits or rust; loose tiles or soft walls that could indicate leakage in a wall; dampness in sink cabinets; and soft flooring near washing machines, water heaters, dishwashers, bathtubs and toilets. You can use water leak detection systems or automatic water shut off valves to alert you in case there is a leakage.

Caulking

Observe and re-do any form of caulking around sinks, toilets, showers and bathtubs that might cause water to infiltrate the nearby structure.

Malfunctioning or old fixtures

In general, boilers, water heaters, washing machines, dishwashers and toilets that are over twelve years of age should be replaced. New appliances are more efficient and energetic too. Always check the serial number as it indicates the year the item was manufactured. Different companies will use different coding methods hence the need to do a fast internet search to know what to consider. Also, replace cracked or hardened hoses on dishwashers and washers as well as old faucets to minimize the risk of breakage.

Valves

Know the location of all shut-off valves and switch them off, and back to their old position, to ensure they do not open up when shutting the water off. While doing the above, look for any signs of corrosion that could result in an unnoticed leak. Replace any malfunctioning valves. Lastly, ensure your family knows the location of the shut-off valves, mostly the major one.

Minimal water pressure

Test for minimal water pressure through allowing water to run the tub faucet and eventually opening the faucet in the kitchen. When the pressure goes down after opening the second faucet, it is advisable to find a plumber to examine the problem. Minimal water pressure occurs as a result of the build-up of sediments or leaks in pipes.

Septic tank

Persistent wet areas around your septic system could be a sign of leakage. Even though it is important to pump a septic tank, no rule governs how often you should pump the tank. It will depend on some factors. They include the temperature in your area, the design of the system, the size of tank, presence of a garbage disposal and the number of people in your home. Seek the services of a septic expert to know the frequency of pumping your septic system.

Freezing pipes

People who live in areas that experience winter often should maintain and install insulation all round their water pipes. Be more cautious with pipes that have frozen before or exposed to cold temperatures or the wind.

Drainage

Avoid clogged drainpipes by cleaning them with an environment-friendly drain cleaner often. The kitchen disposal can be easily cleaned by sending ice all the way through it to eliminate any accumulated grease.

Water heater and boiler

Every year, you should examine and clean the boiler ahead of the heating season. Additionally, plumbers recommend that you clean and drain your heater annually. Most individuals prefer to hire an expert to deal with these tasks due to their inclusion in the plumbing contract.

Basement flooring

People who reside in areas with poor drainage or prone to flooding should install a sump pump in the basement. Also, one can put up a water powered sump pump or battery backup sump pump as a preventative measure in the event of a storm.

Whether you choose to hire an expert or perform the above maintenance checks by yourself, it is a valuable investment of your money and time