As we welcome fall to the northwest and treasure the beautiful leaves, cooler weather, and the arrival of apple season, we’re reminded that our coldest months are just around the corner. Keep your plumbing system humming this season with these preventive maintenance tips for your home.
Protect Your Pipes
The weather will progressively get colder, and as it does, your pipes need to stay protected from the falling temperatures. Insulate your pipes to guard them against extreme temperatures and maintain their function throughout winter. Need insulation tips for your pipes? Call your Olympia Mr. Rooter team for help.
Show Your Water Heater Some Love
Let’s face it: Your water heater is one of the hardest working machines in your home. Fall and winter are the worst seasons to experience water heater failure. In addition to the cost of purchasing a new water heater, you will need to evaluate the damage associated with leaking or bursting. If you don’t feel like boiling water to take a hot bath, drain your water heater to remove any built-up sediment.
Remove Debris from Gutters
Before temperatures plunge but after most leaves have fallen, remove debris and leaves from your gutters. When water is not able to drain appropriately through the gutter system, it can lead to standing water around your home’s foundation or can accelerate the freezing of outdoor pipes.
Inspect Your Sump Pump
Often forgotten about, your sump pump is a powerhouse that prevents the accumulation of water in your basement. Check your sump pump and pit before the weather gets too chilly and temperatures fall below freezing. It’s important to keep the pit free from debris and inspect all hoses during the fall.
Fix Minor Plumbing Problems
Have you noticed water draining slowly in the bathroom or kitchen? Is there a noticeable odor near drains? Are you concerned you may have a clogged pipe? Minor plumbing issues will become major repairs if left untreated. The fall season is the perfect time to get minor repairs done before your plumbing system needs extensive work.
Fall Plumbing Inspections from Mr. Rooter in Olympia, WA
Not sure where to start with your fall plumbing maintenance or have questions? Give us a call today to speak with a friendly member of your neighborhood Mr. Rooter.