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Summer Outdoor Plumbing Tips

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Summer is time for a dip in the pool, hosting family barbecues and growing your backyard garden. But these summer activities cannot happen without efficient outdoor plumbing.

Leaking pipes, faulty pool filters, or cracked sewer lines, can cause issues with your plumbing that you won’t want to deal with this summer.

Swimming Pools

When you have a pool, it can be one of the most used spaces on your property in the summer.

Keeping your water clean and free of debris is one of the most important maintenance tips, and is the key to protecting your pool’s plumbing.

Your filter in your pool has the job of removing dirt, leaves, and any other debris that may find it’s way into the water.

Make sure to frequently check that the filter is working efficiently. Once a week turn the filter off and empty any debris it has collected.

You should schedule an appointment at least once a year to have your pool’s plumbing inspected.

Outdoor Amenities


Cooking outside during the summer is popular with pool parties and barbecues. Outdoor kitchen areas with sinks also need maintenance, just like indoor ones.

Maintaining an outdoor sink can be different than an indoor one. Depending on the area your outdoor kitchen is located, it can get filled with buildup. Dirt, pollen, rain, and other debris can get into the sink or even into the plumbing system.

Because it is exposed to so much debris being outdoors, it needs to be cleaned on a more regular basis.

Even though it is an outdoor sink, try to avoid harsh chemicals and cleaning materials that may scratch or damage the sink and plumbing.

Instead try a DIY solution, such as baking soda and vinegar.


When you have a pool, it is possible you may have an outdoor shower to rinse off. Your outdoor shower could also use plumbing maintenance.

Just as the outdoor kitchen plumbing is exposed to debris and other particles, so is your outdoor shower.

Sewer Lines

Sewer line issues, big or small should be taken care of as soon as the issue arises. The sewer lines on your property are one of the most essential parts of your homes plumbing.

If you are experiencing plumbing backups in your drain or toilet, sewer smells, or gurgling plumbing indoors or out, you may need sewer line repairs or a replacement.

Calling a professional at the first sign of an issue can help save you from any larger issues that may arise.

Sprinklers and Hoses

Do you notice your family using your sprinklers or hose more frequently in the summer for the kids to play?

These systems are also important to your outdoor atmosphere in summer.

Look out for overwatering the lawn, it shouldn’t feel spongy or be puddling under your feet when you walk in our yard.

You may also be using your hose to help continue to grow your garden. Be sure to turn the hose all the way off after use to save water and decrease the chances of your plumbing system leaking.

At Nuckols Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, we are here to ensure your plumbing is working so you can enjoy the outdoors all summer long.

Outdoor plumbing features we offer include:

  • Outdoor faucet or hose bib

  • Downspout drains

  • Sprinkling system

  • Outdoor sinks

  • Outdoor showers

  • Swimming pools

Nuckols Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, are experts within Richmond, Virginia, and the surrounding areas and can provide top-notch assistance in outdoor plumbing. Call us at (804) 214-2077 for all your plumbing and gas needs!