On DIY Life today Kelly Smith tells readers how to fix a leaky faucet valve. You’ll find valves anywhere water enters the home. If it’s leaking, not only can the water make a mess, but you it can also cause foundation damage.

Kelly gives readers tips for fixing the valve yourself.

After reading the post, I thought about the other places around the outside that water can cause problems – whether it’s just a mess from damp soil, so serious damage, water can be your worst enemy.

Where to look for water problems:

  • Sprinkler connections: In ground or above ground systems are typically made from a network of PVC pipes, and at each junction, it’s possible for leak problems that can be easily sealed to prevent leaking. Look for a water resistant sealant that can handle changes in temperature and remain flexible. You might try Seal-All, for example.
  • Garden hoses: If you leave them out in the weather, hoses can become brittle and crack. Believe it or not, you can use an adhesive like Amazing GOOP Lawn & Garden to fix the hose. The reason is that GOOP Lawn & Garden dries to a rubbery, flexible finish. So once dry, the hose can still bend and flex as good as new. And GOOP Lawn & Garden is UV resistant, too. Handy.
  • Water pooling: A combination of Oregon’s clay soil (which doesn’t drain very well) and what I’d guess is a slope, the west side of my lawn pools water pretty easily (even with 5 or so minutes of sprinklers or a steady rain). According to All Experts, it could be a simple fix of raising the grade. Or, another site suggested a french drain system (sounds fancy! but looks pretty easy).

Water can be refreshing and renewing – but it can also wreak havoc. Taking simple precautions and making a few DIY repairs can help save time and money.

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