As summer comes to an end and the temperatures cool off, your plumbing system needs some attention. From cleaning your gutters to checking your drains, it’s important to prepare for how autumn weather may affect your home or office’s plumbing operations. Whether you tackle these seasonal maintenance tips yourself or hire a professional plumber, be sure to follow these top plumbing tips in the fall.
Internal spaces such as garages and crawl spaces typically have exposed pipes, leaving them vulnerable to bursting during colder months. That is why it’s wise to add heat cables, heat tape, or insulation to pipes in unheated or exterior areas.
Turn Off Outdoor Faucets
This is another fall plumbing maintenance tip that helps to prevent pipes from freezing as the temperatures drop. Simply locate the outside faucet, then visit the corresponding indoor location, turn off the valve, and lastly drain the pipe of any residual water.
Flush the Water Heater
Your home’s water heater powers your family’s abilities to take warm showers, do the dishes, and more. Seasonal water heater maintenance includes flushing and draining it at least twice a year, which helps maintain the long-term efficiency of your water heater.
Check for Leaks
Even small leaks can be costly. Take the time to identify and repair any plumbing leaks in pipes, sinks, tubs, or any appliances that utilize water. Sometimes leaks are hard to spot, so monitoring your water bill, watching the water meter, and staying aware of leaking clues can help.
As the leaves change color and a refreshing breeze replaces the humid summer air, it’s important to minimize the need for plumbing repairs by following these tips. Everything from insulating exposed pipes to flushing the water heater can go a long way in saving you time and money.
Contact us today to learn how we can get your plumbing system ready for the cooler months!