Are you currently getting your home ready for spring and summer? After spending most of the winter inside, are you ready to go out and enjoy your yard? If you're considering a landscaping project, here are some situations where you should consider calling a plumber first:
Lawn sprinkler system: If you're tired of lugging a heavy and dirty hose around your yard all summer long, you may already be considering putting in an automatic sprinkler system. Depending on the system, you may even find that automatic and restricted watering will help to drastically reduce your lawn's water consumption. But before you call a sprinkler company out to do the install, have a plumber come out to inspect your plumbing system. If you have low water pressure or currently hidden leaks, installing a sprinkler system may not be a good idea. For example, if you already have low water pressure and the automatic sprinkler system comes on while someone is in the shower, the person in the shower could be scalded by hot water. This would be similar to what might happen if a toilet were flushed, but would obviously last longer.
Fish pond: Do you love to look at fish, but don't want to have them inside? A fish pond could be a good choice for you. It could even help to control the mosquito population in your area, since fish enjoy munching on mosquito larvae. When installing a pond, you'll have to consider how it will be refilled.
If you choose a manual refill, you'll have to drag out the hose every time the water starts to look low. During the hot summer months, you could find yourself refilling the pond quite frequently. On the other hand, you could choose to have your pond automatically add water whenever the water drops below a certain level. Unfortunately, most homes aren't going to be set up for this by default. Calling a professional plumber to add additional exterior water spigots or other fixtures is the best course of action in these situations. They will be able to easily direct water to where you'll need it for filling up your new fish pond.
Even if you think that your plumbing is in good condition, a professional plumber will be able to inspect the system and spot potential issues before they become big problems. They will then be able to give suggestions on various remedies. By addressing these concerns ahead of time, you will potentially save yourself time, money and headaches in the future.