Caring For Items Installed Outdoors

If installing a shower system or faucet outdoors, it is important to protect the item from harsh elements that could influence their finish and functionality.

If your items are installed in a costal location, you may want to secure the finish with a marine grade metal protectant that can help fight off the wear and tear that salt and sun can have on your product. Reapplication should be done as often as necessary, depending upon usage, or according to manufacturer's instructions of the product that you choose.

For furniture items, we recommend covering or bringing them inside where weather and harsh conditions will not affect them. If your item runs water, it is important to follow a winterizing process if the item cannot be brought indoors. Freezing water will expand and could cause valves or other components of your fixture to split and crack. To protect against this happening, all traces of water must be removed from the fixture before freezing temperatures set in.

To winterize your fixture, you will need: an adjustable wrench, slip joint pliers, bladed and phillips head screw drivers and an air compressor.

Before beginning you will need to turn off your water as well as any water heater source the faucet may be using. Once this has been done, open the lines to the fixture so they can be bled of any remaining water.

Next remove the shower head, turn the hot and cold knobs to an open position, and open the diverter halfway. If your unit has check valves, these will need to be removed as well to allow water to flow freely through the valve.

Lastly, using your air compressor, blow air through the shower arm and allow any remaining water to flow out through the lines. Once you are confident that no water remains in the system, replace the shower head, lines and close the faucet handles. We would also recommend covering the fixture if possible during harsh weather.

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