Fall is the time of the year when leaves typically change colors and fall from the trees, and the temperatures continue to fall. Nonetheless, fall presents itself as the best time for you to maintain your plumbing and prepare it for the winter season. This can save you a lot of headaches when autumn freeze finally sets in.
Top 5 Fall Plumbing Tips
Here are top five fall plumbing tips you should follow as you prepare for the cold weather: check your sewer and your sump pump, drain your water heater, and protect your faucets and pipes. Now let’s discuss these tips one by one.
Clear Your Sewer
Your sewer can overwork itself during winter. This is because a lot of people mostly stay indoors at the time. So, use fall to clear shrubs, trees and roots around your sewer. You can also use a plumbing snake to clean your sewer line to prevent it from smelling and sticking.
Check Your Sump Pump
The sump pump removes rainwater from your house. This helps to protect your home from flooding and water damage. So, fall is a good time to take care of this important plumbing system. Check your sump pump during fall to see if there are any damages so you can fix the problem as quickly as possible before it gets out of hand.
Drain Your Water Heater
Your water heater can overwork itself during winter just like your sewer. So, drain your water heater to remove any sediment that might have accumulated during the season and prepare it for fall when the demand for hot water is usually at its peak. Flushing out your heater will prevent corrosion that may be caused by the accumulation of sediment, boost its heating efficiency and improve its lifespan.
Protect Your Faucets
You should also protect your faucets in fall as the winter weather can expose your pipes to freezing temperatures. Such exposures can break your faucets and damage your pipes. On their own, broken faucets and damaged pipes can cause floods and lead to other plumbing issues. So, it makes sense to insulate and cover any faucets that might be facing outdoors to protect them from the elements.
Protect Your Pipes
Protect your pipes from freezing temperatures in fall. Cover or insulate any exposed pipes in crawl spaces, the garage and other unheated spaces to avoid bursts. Although you may think that these pipes are usually protected and safe because they’re indoors, it’s actually not true. These pipes, like the outdoor ones, can also be affected by freezing temperatures and therefore need to be protected from exposures and possible damage.
There’s no doubt that you’ll enjoy the cold winter months if you follow these simple fall plumbing tips as you’ll have less to worry about your plumbing.
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