With the wonderful weather we have been enjoying it’s hard to believe that the first day of fall is just around the corner. Chilly fall temperatures serve as a polite reminder that when winter arrives it can be sudden. Don’t be caught off guard. A few simple plumbing preparations now will help prevent costly repairs throughout the winter months.
- Disconnect outside water hoses. If left connected, water in the hoses can freeze and expand causing faucets and connecting pipes inside your home to freeze and break.
- Make sure outside faucets aren’t dripping or leaking. Make the necessary repairs or call a plumber before freezing temperatures arrive. Be aware that when pipes freeze, water pressure builds causing cracks – no matter if the pipe is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a tiny crack can unleash enough water to cause serious damage or flooding.
- Clear gutter clutter. Remove fall leaves and other debris from gutters and exterior downspouts.
- Fall is the perfect time to check your sump pump and make any necessary repairs.
- Your water heater has to work hard during the cold months. Prepare it for the winter by flushing the tank and setting the temp for 120 degrees.
Because each tank may vary, always read the warnings and instructions accompanying your hot water heater. For more information about home water heater maintenance or to schedule an appointment to have your home water heater inspected, call us.