Ask Pete: How To Maintain Outdoor Plumbing In Summer?

As the scorching summer months approach, it’s essential for homeowners in Gilbert and Mesa, Arizona, to pay attention to their outdoor plumbing. The extreme heat and dry climate can take a toll on your outdoor plumbing system, leading to potential issues and costly repairs. To help you keep your plumbing in top shape during the summer, we’ve consulted our expert plumber, Pete, to share his valuable insights and tips. In this episode, Pete will explore some essential maintenance tasks and precautions to ensure your outdoor plumbing stays in optimal condition.

Q: What can I do to keep my outdoor plumbing trouble free this summer?

A: There is a lot you can do to save yourself any hassles with your plumbing. A lot of it has to do with preventative maintenance you already know, but the heat and monsoons of our Arizona summers make it even more important. Here are the key parts:

Inspect and Clean Your Gutters:

  1. Since summer means monsoon season here in Arizona, you will want to prevent clogged gutters and potential water damage to your property. It’s crucial to inspect and clean your gutters regularly. Remove any debris, leaves, or twigs that may have dropped, ensuring that any water flows away from your home’s foundation. Clogged gutters can lead to overflow, water pooling, and even damage to your outdoor plumbing system.

Check for Leaks and Repair Dripping Faucets:

  1. Dripping outdoor faucets are not only annoying but can also waste a significant amount of water. Regularly inspect your outdoor faucets for leaks or drips and promptly address any issues. Even a small leak can indicate a larger problem within your plumbing system. If you notice leaks, tighten the connections or call a professional plumber to fix the problem.

Protect Your Hose Bibs:

  1. Hose bibs, you might  know them as outdoor spigots, are susceptible to damage caused by extreme temperatures. Before summer hits, make sure to disconnect and drain your hoses. Leaving hoses connected during the hot months can lead to issues. Additionally, consider installing insulated covers on your hose bibs to provide an extra layer of protection against the heat.

Insulate Exposed Pipes:

  1. In Arizona’s scorching summer temperatures, exposed outdoor pipes are at risk of damage. Insulating exposed pipes can help regulate the water temperature and prevent them from overheating. Use pipe insulation sleeves or wrap the pipes with heat-resistant materials. This simple step can really reduce the risk of burst pipes and water damage.

Maintain Your Sprinkler System:

  1. A properly functioning sprinkler system is obviously essential for maintaining a healthy lawn during our crazy summers. Regularly check your sprinkler heads for clogs, damage, or misalignment and clean any debris or dirt that may obstruct the spray. Also, you probably want to adjust your sprinkler system to ensure it doesn’t water the pavement or other non-landscaped areas. That is just a waste of water and money in the summer.

Monitor Water Pressure:

  1. High water pressure can strain your outdoor plumbing system and cause damage over time. Install a pressure regulator to ensure the water pressure is within the recommended range. This will help protect your pipes, fixtures, and sprinkler system from excessive pressure and potential leaks.


By following these maintenance tips for your outdoor plumbing system, you can prevent expensive repairs and make sure  it remains in optimal condition throughout the summer. If  you encounter any plumbing issues or need professional assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to our expert team at 480-388-6093. Stay proactive and enjoy a worry-free summer knowing your outdoor plumbing is well-maintained.

Remember, a little maintenance goes a long way in preserving the integrity of your plumbing system and protecting your home investment. Stay cool and hydrated, Gilbert and Mesa homeowners!