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Turning On Your Outside Water

As winter gradually loosens its grip and temperatures start to climb, homeowners in Rochester, NY begin to prepare their outdoor spaces for the warmer seasons.

One crucial task on this checklist is turning on the outside water supply, which was shut off or winterized to prevent freezing during the colder months. We have recommended 6 easy steps below. If you encounter any problems during the process of turning on your outside water, don’t hesitate to contact Triple O Mechanical for assistance.

Outside Water Turn-on Steps

Before simply twisting the faucet handle and expecting a steady flow, there are several steps to ensure a smooth transition and prevent potential issues.

Inspect for Damage: Before turning on the water supply, it is essential to visually inspect all outdoor pipes, faucets, and hoses for any signs of damage or leaks that may have occurred during the winter. Freezing temperatures can cause pipes to crack or burst, leading to costly repairs if left unnoticed.

Check the Water Meter: Take a moment to locate your water meter and ensure that it is in good condition. Check for any signs of tampering or damage, as this could indicate a problem with your water supply that needs to be addressed before turning it on.

Gradual Reconnection: Rather than immediately turning on the outside water supply at full blast, it is advisable to do so gradually. Start by slowly opening the main valve and allowing the water to flow for a few minutes before fully opening it. This gradual reconnection helps to flush out any air pockets and debris that may have accumulated in the pipes over the winter.

Test Faucets and Sprinklers: Once the water supply is fully restored, test all outdoor faucets, sprinklers, and hoses to ensure they are functioning correctly. Check for leaks, drips, or irregular water flow, which could indicate a problem with the plumbing system that needs attention.

Inspect Outdoor Plumbing Fixtures: Don’t forget to inspect any outdoor plumbing fixtures, such as irrigation systems, outdoor showers, or water features. Look for signs of damage or leaks and address any issues promptly to prevent water waste and further damage.

Consider Professional Assistance: If you are unsure about any aspect of turning on the outside water supply or you encounter any issues during the process, don’t hesitate to seek professional assistance at Triple O Mechanical. We can help identify and resolve any issues quickly and efficiently, saving you time, money, and frustration in the long run.

By taking the time to properly prepare and inspect your outdoor plumbing system, you can ensure a smooth transition into the warmer months and enjoy your outdoor space to the fullest. Remember to perform regular maintenance throughout the season to keep your plumbing in top condition and avoid any unexpected surprises down the road. With a little care and attention, you can keep your outside water flowing freely all summer long.

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