Whether it’s tending to your garden, inviting friends and family over for barbeques, or simply relaxing in the sunshine, with the summer now in full swing, it’s likely that you’ll be spending more time outdoors.
But toing and froing between the inside of your house and your outdoor area with buckets of water or watering cans can become quite tiresome and can lead to unfortunate spillages.
Therefore, it might be a good idea to think about installing some outdoor plumbing to make your life a little easier, starting with an outside tap.
Benefits of Installing an Outside Tap
The benefits of installing an outdoor tap go far beyond simply being able to quickly fill your watering can for your plants. You can use this new water source for all sorts of new activities.
For example, if you have an outdoor patio or decking area, pressure washing them will become a whole easier by attaching your system to the outdoor tap.
You’ll also become capable of cleaning a much greater surface area, since you won’t be wasting your pipe lengths by tailing them through the house.
What’s more, it’s sometimes possible to connect your outside tap to a hot water feed. This gives you the ability to wash your car with warm water, great for breaking down stubborn mud and sticky substances like pollen or tree sap.
It’s also great for giving your pets warm water to bath in, as opposed to freezing cold showers.
Benefits of Installing an Outdoor Sink
Outdoor sinks are becoming increasingly popular, and it’s easy to see why.
They are great during the summer, when you can turn your patio into an outdoor kitchen by combining your outdoor sink with either a gas barbeque or a brick wood-fired oven.
By creating an outdoor kitchen, you will create a fantastic space for cooking, al fresco dining and entertaining. Furthermore, you are likely to increase the value of your property by adding a secondary kitchen.
But not everybody wants a sink for cooking purposes.
It may be that you want to install an outdoor sink for its utility more than anything else. For example, this could be a great addition if you’ve got sporty children who often bring home football or rugby boots caked in mud that aren’t suitable for a washing machine.
Similarly, you could install a large Belfast-style sink to clean your dog, before letting them back in the house after a long walk.
The choice is yours.
Considerations Before Installing Outdoor Plumbing
Whilst you may think that installing an outdoor tap may be a quite simple DIY job, but that’s not always the case.
You need to remember that regulations mean that you have to install an isolation valve so that you can work on your outdoor plumbing without having to turn the entire water supply off.
It’s also a way to guarantee that your outdoor pipes don’t burst during winter when freeze-proofing your outdoor plumbing.
Similarly, you need to make sure that the tap or sink has a double check valve fitted to the internal pipework to prevent the water flowing backwards into your main supply, potentially contaminating it.
Additionally, it’s not always straight forward to connect your new tap or sink to an interior water feed, and new internal pipework may be required to make your dream a reality.
Do You Need Help to Install Outdoor Plumbing?
For the reasons given above, it’s always wise to enlist the services of a plumber to make sure your outdoor plumbing adheres to current regulations.
It’s also a great way to ensure that your outdoor plumbing doesn’t present you with issues such as burst pipes or contaminated water supply later down the line.
If you would like help with installing any aspect of your outdoor plumbing, then don’t be afraid to get in touch, and a member of our team will be more than happy to help you in bringing your ideas to fruition.