What can you do to protect and maintain your home's plumbing this fall? With the autumn upon you, take a look at the top tips to keep this system working well.
Protect Outdoor Connections
When the weather cools, remove or release all the water from your hose and disconnect it. Inspect it for damage, such as cracks, holes, breaks, loose connections, or pests. Coil the hose and remove any lasting kinks before you store it in a safe indoor place.
With your hose safely in storage, you can turn your attention to the outdoor connections. Prepare these for the colder weather and reduce the risks of freezing or other types of damage. Frost-free bibs and Styrofoam covers can reduce the risks of damage caused by the cold weather.
Also check for leaks from outdoor faucets. You may need to replace the washer if there's a constant drip. If that doesn't stop the drip, contact a plumber to evaluate and repair the connection.
Unclog Gutters and Downspouts
Not only can leaf-clogged gutters cause damage to your home (if the water runs over the gutters), but they can also cause downspout drainage problems.
Downspouts that drain into pipes underneath your home can clog and cause backups. This can result in damage to your home's foundation and plumbing problems. The easiest way to prevent this potential issue is to clean leaf debris regularly in the fall. If the downspouts are still clogged or don't function properly, you may need a plumber to clear the drains.
Service the Water Heater
Before the winter arrives and you increase hot water use, drain at least one-quarter of the tank, test the temperature-pressure relief valve, adjust the temperature setting (120 degrees Fahrenheit can help to save money on water heating costs), and insulate the nearby pipes.
If you're not sure whether you need to flush your water heater right now, talk to a plumber. This simple maintenance activity can protect the appliance and may even extend its life. When the temperature drops, the hot water heater works harder. Built-up sediment in the tank can reduce its efficiency, shorten its lifespan, or add to your utility bills.
A pre-winter checkup and cleaning can save your tank-type water heater from an early demise and save you money over the colder months.
From outdoor water connection protection to your downspouts and hot water heater, autumn plumbing services can protect your home, reduce costs, and save you from unnecessary winter-time repairs.Share
23 October 2019
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