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Beware of Outdoor Plumbing Clogs

Even as early as April, people start looking forward to summer. As the weather warms up and the rains come in, most people are aching to relax next to the pool and enjoy some time off. Unfortunately, too many people this summer will have their relaxation interrupted by a plumbing emergency related to their outdoor plumbing. 

Instead of leaving things to chance, take some advice from local plumbers who understand what homeowners have to deal with as the seasons change. In this blog post, experts discuss outdoor plumbing clogs, their causes, and how they are fixed. 

Outdoor Plumbing Features That Commonly Clog

sprinklerOutdoor plumbing has about as big a footprint as indoor plumbing but generally isn’t used as much. Examples of outdoor plumbing are:
  • Above-ground or in-ground pools and their associated pumps and piping
  • Fountains that are a part of landscaping
  • Irrigation systems that water grass and other plants
  • Landscape drains that shunt water away from a home or structure
  • Drain piping that serves the home like sewers
  • Outdoor kitchens or showers

Outdoor plumbing is exposed to harsher conditions than indoor plumbing, so it is fairly common to have problems with it. A common problem that can ruin summer plans is clogs in any of these locations. 

What Causes Clogs?

Clogs are more likely to form because of the conditions that outdoor plumbing fixtures find themselves in. Infrequent usage of these fixtures, such as the seasonal use of outdoor kitchens or rainy seasons where sprinklers aren’t needed, can cause problems of neglect like clogs. In normal plumbing fixtures, water is consistently pumped through the plumbing, which prevents solids and debris from settling in the bottom of the pipe. Clogs become very likely when fixtures sit for a season with no activity. 

Once normal use resumes, the water flow can push debris into itself, forming a tough clog that disrupts the flow in the plumbing fixture. The only answer in this situation is to call for professional help so that homeowners can get back to their plans. 


How Do Plumbers Remove Tough Clogs?

Outdoor plumbing clogs always catch people by surprise because of their unpredictability. Generally, when a clog is discovered, homeowners are motivated to take care of it as soon as possible, and calling for professional clog removal from a licensed plumber is the quickest way to get things back to normal. 

Clearing outdoor and underground plumbing clogs are easy for a professional with the right equipment. In many cases, plumbers will turn to an auger to remove a clog in a landscape drain or sewer line. An auger is a powerful tool fed into the offending pipe that grinds up clogs to remove them. 

For a more modern solution to outdoor plumbing clogs, plumbers may use a hydro jet. A hydro jet is a powerful stream of water that cuts through clogs and cleans the inside of pipes. Hydro jetting is a great method for clog removal, and it can also be used as part of a spring cleaning checklist to make sure outdoor plumbing clogs don’t disrupt summer plans. 

About Falcon Plumbing

Falcon Plumbing is a family-owned business that has served Miami-Dade and Broward County for over 25 years. They offer upfront, flat-rate pricing and 24/7 emergency service at no extra charge. Call them today for plumbing services in Miami, FL.

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