Fall is a season of fun and festivity. Whether you're carving pumpkins, lighting candles, picking a Halloween costume, or baking apple pie, it can seem like there's no time to think about anything else. But don't forget one of the most important tasks of the season. Yes, you guessed it: plumbing maintenance!
While you'd probably rather keep making delicious soup and rescuing your favorite sweaters from the back of the closet, it only takes a little time to make sure your plumbing is still in working order as the colder seasons approach. Maintaining your good plumbing now can help you save thousands in the future!
So, as the fall breeze grows stronger and leaves start to turn over, make sure you put plumbing tasks on the top of your to-do list. Below is your ultimate guide to fall plumbing maintenance.
Flush the Water Heater
This is an important task that prepares your water heater for cool weather, and the several months of high demand for hot water. Locate your water heater and very carefully turn it off. Connect a hose to the faucet near the bottom of the tank, then drain several gallons of water out. Doing so prevents sediment buildup or rust from damaging the appliance. Ask a home repair specialist to test the pressure relief valve and check it for leaks.
Clean Your Gutters
Fall leaves can be a nuisance to your gutters, so grab your ladder and pumpkin leaf bags and give them a good cleaning. Be sure to inspect and clean them regularly until trees with changing/dropping leaves are bare. Check the gutters and downspouts too. This ensures good drainage and prevents freezes that can crack your gutters and downspouts. Ensure that the spouts are working properly and directing water away from your foundation.
Tend to Outdoor Plumbing
Late fall can start to get chilly. Before the first winter frost, you must attend to your outdoor water hoses. Disconnect all hoses and put them away in your garage or an outdoor storage closet. Be sure to drain them first. If you leave a hose connected, the water that has settled inside can freeze and expand. Ice can break your pipes from the inside out, starting with your exposed outdoor water faucets.
While you're at it, ensure your faucets aren't leaking or dripping. Call a plumber for help if they are. Drippy faucets can freeze by late fall. If you have an outdoor sprinkler system, be sure to turn that off, too. The plastic irrigation pipes can break extremely easily with just a little bit of water pressure.
Take Care of Indoor Plumbing Issues
If you're dealing with problems like chronic toilet clogs, call a home plumbing specialist for toilet repair. Seal any leaks or drips, and make sure your pipes are well-insulated. If you have a basement or lower level, check the sump pump and drain it if necessary. Investing in preventative maintenance will pay off in the long run!
Let the pros take care of this checklist for you as you take in the start of this magical season. We're the Home Fix-It Divas, your go-to home plumbing contractor in Duluth, GA, and we know how to make sure your plumbing is in excellent shape. Call us at (770) 367-1818 today!