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outdoor spigotThere are few things worse than going to water your garden only to find out you have an outdoor spigot that’s not spitting out any water. While your first reaction may be to panic, don’t! Before you call the plumber, it’s important that you take your time troubleshooting. Worst case scenario: you can’t find the issue. Best case scenario: you have a better idea of what to tell your plumber before they arrive.

Are you ready to get troubleshooting? Here’s what you need to check before calling in the cavalry.

Shut-Off Valve
Often, the simplest solution is the most overlooked. In this case, it’s checking your shut-off valve. You may have turned your spigot off for colder weather and forgotten about it completely. While it’s not a fun realization to make, it’s a relatively simple explanation for your outdoor spigot issues. Even better, if this is the issue you may not even have to call your plumbing contractors.

Internal Water Supply
Unfortunately, the issue could be a little bit more complex than simply forgetting about your shut-off valve. If you’ve already checked to ensure the valve is open and there’s still an issue, you may want to invest in video inspections and a visit from your plumbing services. In addition, calling your local water supplier is a good idea.

Clogs
Almost 93% of water damage can be prevented with the right measures, and clogs are no different. If you haven’t invested in a water softening system for your home, it’s better to do it sooner rather than later. Hard water can contain bits of minerals and other materials that can actually cause blockages within your pipes, and that’s not good. One of the best parts about having a water softener installed is that your body’s “pipes” will be as clear as the pipes in your home.

Having outdoor spigot troubles can really put a damper on your summer gardening activities, but they don’t have to be the end of the world. If you troubleshoot these issues, you should have a much better idea of what the root of the problem is and how your plumbing service can help fix it.