If you live in an area with cold winters, there are several things you need to do around your home to get it ready for the coming cold temperatures and winter weather. Your plumbing is one important system to check and protect.
One of the worst things that can happen in your home during the winter is burst pipes, but that is not the only issue. Here are some other tasks to put on your to-do list before the start of winter.
1. Check the Water Heater
Tuning up your water heater before the winter will prepare it for the coming season. Before the cold weather hits, drain the heater and complete some simple maintenance on it. This time of year is ideal to tune up the water heater because it will see heavier use soon.
You can complete this maintenance yourself, or you can trust a licensed plumber. During this maintenance, you are not just being proactive — it can also show potential problems. You would not want your water heater to go out on you in the middle of a cold snap.
2. Disconnect Outdoor Hoses
Outdoor hoses are convenient during warmer months, but they need to be properly stored during the winter. Before the first overnight frost of the year, disconnect your hose from the faucet and let it drain completely and dry out. Then, store it in a protected area, such as a garage or shed.
If you leave your hose out during the winter, the water inside can freeze, and the rubber of the hose will be compromised. Once the winter has passed and you try using the hose again, you will likely find that you need to replace it.
3. Clear the Gutters
With ice and snow coming with winter, so you do not want to be trying to clean your gutters then. That is why you should clean your gutters before the winter starts. Leaves and other natural debris that fell during autumn likely have clogged your gutters and should be removed. Otherwise, the excess water from rain and melting snow and ice will not have anywhere to go.
4. Inspect the Sump Pump
The sump pump is buried underneath your home's basement and helps prevent excess water from seeping up into the basement. Your home's foundation will get small holes over time, which can allow water to get through. The sump pump helps prevent any extra water from actually entering your home.
By inspecting the pump before the start of the winter, you will find out if it needs any repairs or maintenance. If it breaks during the winter, you might not be able to fix it until well into the spring because of the frozen ground.
If you need professional inspections or repairs from a licensed plumber before the start of the winter, call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Oneida. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services, please contact us today.