Fall has officially arrived in Central Oregon, which means many are still adjusting to seasonal fall schedules. All the while, homeowners should be reflecting on how they can take action to get their plumbing systems ready for the imminent cold months. Refer to the following fall plumbing guidelines to help you avoid the development of a large-scale plumbing emergency during the fall and winter.
Get Your Pipes Insulated
Your pipes must stay protected this fall and winter to ensure they aren't left vulnerable to the elements as the temperature gradually declines. With this in mind, make sure you have your pipes insulated this fall before the weather gets even colder.
Patch Any Leaks
A broken pipe may look like a small problem at its origin, but even the smallest leaks can evolve into dire issues if it's not fixed over a long period of time. Inspect your pipes for any indication of leaks before the season is over. If you notice any, contact your local plumber to have repairs done sooner rather than later.
Look closely at the areas surrounding and underneath your bathtubs, sinks, showers, and toilets, as these are the places where leaks are most likely to occur. If your house has a basement, make sure you head down there to monitor for leaks as well.
Flush Your Water Heater
Fall is a great time to get your water heater equipped to work overtime during the coldest period of the year. Unfortunately, water heaters are especially likely to develop sediment accumulations, which can result in leaks and diminish the performance of the system.
Make a point to flush your water heater and check for rust stains, as these might mean the unit needs to be replaced in the near future. You may also want to invest in water heater maintenance services this season, which can give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your unit is performing at its best, in time for winter.
Examine Your Sump Pump
Your sump pump is your primary means of protection against basement water damage. Make sure it's running properly and is not clogged.