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Summer Plumbing Essentials: Outside Tap Installation

Watering the garden, washing the car, filling the paddling pool – how are you getting through the summer without an outside tap?

You would think that an outside tap would be a standard fixture and fitting that all houses have but this is not the case. Many homes do not have one or they do but it’s not in the most convenient location, for example at the front of the house and not close to the garden.

In the winter this might not seem like much of an issue but it’s during the summer, when the sun is shining, that an outdoor tap is really an essential bit of kit.

For the garden

When rainfall is scarce, plants will not survive for very long without water and you will need to attend to them yourself if you don’t want to see them all start to die (and plants are not cheap so they’re definitely worth some TLC!). If you have anything more substantial than a couple of pots of flowers in the garden, then traipsing in and out of the house with a watering can is not going to be practical so an outdoor tap is an infinitely better solution.

Even if you’re not much of a gardener, your grass will benefit from watering during a dry spell. It will go dormant after 2-3 weeks of insufficient rain but will start to die after 5-6 weeks and may not be recoverable.

For car washing

Washing your car on a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon can actually be a pleasure rather than a chore. You can, of course, wash with a bucket however, unless you keep changing the water, you’re going to start transferring grit and dirt from the bucket back over the surface of the car where the wiping motion can easily scratch it.

Using a hose or pressure washer not only makes the job easier; it’s more effective and will protect your paintwork from such damage. For that you’re going to need an outside tap.

For fun in the sun

We’re not really used to hot weather in the UK so when the sun does shine, we all need to cool down. There’s nothing kids love more than a paddling pool or a water fight in the garden when the sun is blazing, and it can even help the dog cool down as well.

You may be lucky enough to have a hot tub in the garden but good luck with getting that filled up without an outside tap!

For outdoor cleaning

A pressure washer makes light work of cleaning up paths, patios, and driveways and while you can buy outdoor cleaning products and chemicals that can be applied with a watering can, you’re still going to be in and out of the house filling it up; potentially risking treading the products into the home.

Make it hot hot hot!

Presumably, you’re now sold on the idea of a conveniently located outdoor tap or you may already have one but how about taking it up a level and having a hot tap installed as well? This can be a separate hot tap or a thermostatically controlled tap. A hot tap outside can be a really useful thing. It’s especially beneficial for people with dogs who love to roll in mud and the odd bit of fox poo (speaking from experience here!) as it’s great for getting them cleaned up – especially in winter when the parks and fields are at their muddiest. It’s good for paddling pools as you can fill to the perfect temperature from the start rather than having to wait a day before the iciness has diminished and can even give the hot tub a head-start on warming up.

Have an outdoor tap installed from £99.

We can install a new outdoor tap from £99 and once it’s in, it’s in and you can enjoy outdoor water supply forever more. Make the most of the summer sun and make your life a little easier too by having one installed this year.

Contact us on 0333 577 0151 for a quote or contact us via the enquiry form.

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