As the fall season nears, its the best time to prepare your home’s plumbing system for the colder winter months. So while you are out raking leaves and setting up for halloween, its a great time before the Thanksgiving holidays to protect pipes that may be exposed to colder temperatures.
Any pipe is at risk of freezing and bursting when the temperature drops in the winter months. Inspect your pipes under the house, in the garage and even in attic spaces to ensure they look good and have insulation. Remember to remove all exterior hoses for the winter so water doesn’t climb through and burst the seals or tap.
Its a good time to also have a look at your water heater. Check for rust around the base, especially if you have hard water. If your water heater is in the attic, be sure to double check the lines as a broken water heater above you can cause serious damage to the rooms below.
Check the faucets outdoors to make sure they are not leaking or dripping. When water remains in the line, it can cause the plumbing lines to freeze, which can cause a significant amount of damage to the plumbing system. As added precaution, you can turn the faucet completely off and shut off the interior valve for outdoor faucets.
While you are at it, you can check your indoor faucets for leaks and drips. Sometimes a simple washer can fix a leak or drip. Check shower heads for leaks and build up. A quick way to remove build up around your shower head is to remove the head and soak it in vinegar. An old tooth brush can then loosen the debris and leave it looking brand new and running efficiently.
In order to keep the sump pump in good working order, it should be cleaned at least twice each year, making fall the perfect time to do it. Cleaning the sump pump and surrounding pit will prevent the risk of melting snow or heavy rains flooding your basement.
All Star Plumbing is always happy to get you set up on Fall and Spring maintenance. Call to schedule your appointment!