Here in Canada, we're pretty passionate about our summer fun. With only 79 days of summer upon us, it's time to get out and enjoy the weather while we can. And while the extensive list of summertime activities is available, it can be difficult to attend each and every event. Thankfully, with your own outdoor water hose and a few accessories, you can make the most of the 79 days while they're here.
Here are a few ideas:
Sprinkler games: A tried-and-true favorite, hooking up a sprinkler is a recipe for cooling summer relaxation. Besides watering your grass and garden, a sprinkler can also open up a world of imagination for children. Don't have a sprinkler? Don't worry! Just poke a few holes into an old garden hose with a hammer and nail or power drill, and you're in business!
Slip'N Slide: This is another favorite that will have everyone in the neighborhood buzzing. From youngsters to adults, who doesn't love a good Slip'N Slide? While branded slides are available, all you really need here is a hill, a hose and a long section of plastic tarp. Turn the hose on at the top, make sure it's not in your path when sliding and take off!
Water balloons: As kids know, there's nothing better than lobbing a giant water-filled balloon at family members or friends. For adults, this is the perfect game to keep the kids occupied while you work on your tan. Although the little ones may need some help knotting the ends of the balloons, water balloons are cheap and perfect for kids of all ages. Just be ready to get splashed!
Water games: Here are a few more ideas for games involving your outdoor hose from the editors of Publications International Ltd.
As we get ready to kick off Canada's 79 days of summer, your outdoor hose bib and a garden hose can represent the gateway to summer fun. However, this important spigot also requires regular inspections to ensure it's in working order and ready for the season.
It’s not difficult to inspect your outdoor water spigots. The main thing to watch for is a dripping faucet when the valve is turned off. This could be a sign that the faucet or its connected water supply pipe was damaged by a hard freeze last winter. Also, the valve handle should be in good working order. It should not spin or be loose in any way.
As far as maintenance goes, at the end of the summer season, on the inside of your home, the shut-off valves leading to outside hose bibs (if equipped) should also be closed, and the water trapped between this valve and the spigot outside should be drained by opening the outside spigot until water stops flowing. Next, close the outdoor spigot valve and disconnect the garden hose. Otherwise, water can freeze in the pipes and create leaks or a pipe burst. Next, cover the outside faucet for the season with a tight fitting styrofoam insulation kit. That’s really all there is to it.
If you're experiencing problems with your outdoor faucets, fear not – a professional Roto-Rooter plumber can help you get your outdoor spigot in tip-top shape, and just in time for summer fun! Call Roto-Rooter today for more information.