Fall is one of the four temperate seasons. It marks the transition from summer to winter.
One of its main features is the shedding of leaves from deciduous trees. It is also when the duration of daylight becomes shorter and the temperature cools down. Fall means crisp air, falling leaves, pumping carvings, scarves and mittens, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
However, fall also means colder weather. So, it’s important to prepare your homes for the winter, which will help you avoid some plumbing issues that may arise in your home.
Here are 5 fall plumbing maintenance tips:
1. Protect outdoor faucets
You should turn off any outdoor faucets completely. Check if there’s any leaks and have them repaired right away. If your pipes freeze it can crack and cause serious damage to your home. You should also purchase a Styrofoam faucet insulation kit to protect your outdoor faucets from freezing temperature.
2. Inspect sump pump and pit
Pumps exposed to cold weather can freeze, preventing the sump pump from operating. So it’s important to inspect and clean your sump pump and sump pump pit.
3. Check your water heater settings
Check the temperature setting on your water heater’s thermostat. Set your water heater to 120 degrees to ensure optimum performance. As temperatures drop, during the colder months, your water heater has to work harder to deliver hot water.
4. Clear gutters and downspouts
Clear out any leaves or debris from outside gutters and downspouts so they don’t get clogged to ensure easy drainage when water freezes and thaws.
5. Leaving home for extended periods
Are you planning on leaving your home for extended periods? If so, shut off the main water valve and drain the system by turning on faucets at the highest and lowest parts of your home.
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