Now that the summer is drawing to a close, it’s important to start thinking about repairing your plumbing for the fall season. As temperatures drop, your pipes face the risk of freezing, cracking and leaking. The best way to prevent winter damage to your plumbing system is to have your pipes maintained and repaired before it’s too late. Here are some fall plumbing tips to keep your pipes clear and functioning for many months to come.
Disconnect Outside Hoses and Faucets
It’s important to disconnect all hoses and sprinklers and turn off all the faucets in the exterior of your home. If left connect during the winter, water in your hoses and sprinkler systems can freeze, causing your pipes to expand and burst. Make sure that all external faucets are turned off and tightly sealed—even the smallest drip can freeze during the winter and cause burst pipes and flooding.
During the fall, your gutter and eavestroughs will start to fill with fallen leaves and dirt. If left uncleared, this environmental debris can clog your drainage system and cause flooding and leaks. Prevent foliage from ruining your plumbing system by clearing out your eavestroughs early in the season. Keeping your gutters clear throughout the fall is the best way to avoid longterm environmental damage to your home.
Inspect Your Hot Water Heater
Regular inspection, maintenance and repair is the best way to extend the longevity of your hot water heater. Before putting your hot water heater to work during the colder months, it’s a good idea to have it repaired and updated so it can work as efficiently as possible when you need it the most. Routine hot water heater maintenance can increase your energy efficiency, saving you money on expensive utility bills.
Many home owners overlook the importance of fall plumbing maintenance. By fixing any plumbing issues early in the season, you can avoid aggravating and costly problems down the line. For expert advice and high-quality plumbing repair, contact us today at ClearView Plumbing.