7 Fall Plumbing Tips You Can Trust
Plumbing has been around for thousands of years, so techniques and materials have been innovated that ensure plumbing systems are robust and highly effective. But with cold weather approaching it’s still important to take the necessary steps to protect your home’s plumbing from the potential adverse effect of inclement weather. By investing a minimal amount of effort in the following preventative measures you’ll save yourself time and money in the long run. You can also sit back and enjoy fall football and cider without worrying about whether the pipes will hold up.
Check Your Sewer Line System.
With continual use in addition to the stresses of weather changes, your sewer system undergoes extra stress. It’s important to have it professionally checked to guarantee it’s in good condition and ready for the coming season. This is a good idea to have done in all seasons other than summer.
Store Your Garden Hose.
If you want to use your garden hose again next year, now is the time to put it away. Disconnect it from the faucet, drain it of all excess water, and then store it so it’s protected from freezing temperatures. Make sure you get all the water out or it could freeze and expand later, causing damage to the hose.
Check Your Sump Pump.
Excess rain, and any debris, can make your sump pump work harder than usual. Be sure dirt isn’t clogging the drain and ensure all parts are working properly (e.g. does the float rise with the water level, does the pump turn on and off automatically) so it will stand up to the coming storms. A quick inspection now will save you headaches later.
Turn Off Your Hose Bibb and Water Supply.
With weather turning cold, you need to turn off your hose bibb and water supply line inside. If you’ve discovered any leaks on your hose bibb, get a frost-proof bibb now to save trouble later. By turning off your inside water supply, you’ll avoid getting frozen water in the supply line and burst pipes later.
Get Professional Water Heater Maintenance.
Fall is the perfect time to take care of essential maintenance. Extend the life of your water heater with annual maintenance from a reputable professional plumber. Simple flushes and check-ups can maximize the unit’s lifetime, increase efficiency, and save you money on bills.
Fall HVAC Tune-Up.
As with water heater maintenance, you’ll want to get your HVAC system tuned-up now. A local plumber can check the burners, adjust refrigerant levels, inspect filters, check and tighten connections, inspect ductwork and more. Those steps will help you save on energy costs, increase efficiency, and avoid costly and inconvenient breakdowns during the colder months.
Insulate Your Pipes.
If any of your pipes are exposed to the weather, be sure they’re insulated right away. You can install plastic insulation yourself or ask a plumber to help you. Also, fit insulating caps on any outdoor water fixtures and put away any hoses.
You’ll also want to pay attention to signs of trouble with your plumbing. Small problems like leaky faucets, dripping refrigerators and rocking toilets are indications of needed attention. Get those small issues repaired now so they don’t become bigger problems this fall or winter.