Fall has arrived, which means winter is just around the corner! Now is a great time to get your home ready for winter before the cold weather hits with these fall plumbing tips.
Properly Shut Off Outdoor Plumbing
Disconnect all of your garden hoses and properly drain them for storage. After you’ve done this, be sure to turn the faucets off completely, and then shut off the interior valve for the outdoor faucets. Once everything is shut off, it’s a good idea to check for any leaks or drips, as they could become a serious problem over the winter.
Clean Your Gutters
One fall plumbing tip that often goes unattended to is cleaning the gutters. This is one of those chores no one likes to check off of their to-do list, but it’s extremely important. If the ice and snow that accumulates on your roof over the winter can’t drain properly due to leaves and debris, it could damage your roof and gutters, or even cause serious flooding.
Sump Pump Maintenance
If you have a sump pump, it’s a good idea to make sure it’s working properly before the cold weather hits. Pour a bucket of water on the pump to make sure that it turns on. If it doesn’t turn on or seems to be operating inadequately, you should call a licensed plumber to come and service it. Foul odours could be another indicator that your sump pump is not working.
Check Your Pipes
Checking the pipes in your home for damage or wear and tear is one of our top fall plumbing tips for homeowners. Fall is a great time to check the pipes and faucets inside your home for any signs of leakage and damage. If the power goes out or you’re away for an extended period of time and the temperature in your home drops, damaged pipes and faucets could burst and flood your home. You should also insulate all of the plumbing inside and outside your home so you don’t have any surprises over winter.
Prep Your Water Heater
It’s common for homeowners to use more hot water as the temperatures begin to drop, so it’s a good idea to make sure your water heater is ready. You should have your water heater professionally serviced annually, so if you haven’t made an appointment yet this year, you should definitely do so. Draining your water heater is another great fall plumbing tip because it prevents sediment build-up, which can extend the lifespan of your unit and increase its efficiency.
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