We’ve all heard of spring cleaning, but what about fall prep? It’s easy to forget how harsh winter weather can be until you’re in the heart of it — and that’s not when you want to experience a plumbing emergency. Rather than having to deal with burst pipes and clogged drains in the middle of December, take some time today to inspect and prep your plumbing.
With winter only a few weeks away, now is the best time to start your cold-weather checklist.
Fall Plumbing Maintenance
- Disconnect your outside water hoses. If left connected, water in the hose can freeze and expand, causing the pipes inside your home to freeze.
- Clear debris from your gutter. As temperatures begin to fall and rise, water will freeze and melt, so it’s important to have a clear pathway for drainage.
- Have small leaks fixed. Small leaks may not seem like a big deal, but they can cost homeowners thousands of dollars every year in wasted water.
- Have your drains cleaned. Rain and snowfall can wash all sorts of things off roofs, down trees, and around yards. If the temperature drops to freezing, metal pipes can shrink and expand with the temperature fluctuation.
- Have your water heater inspected. The last thing anyone wants is for their water heater to give out, but it’s especially tough on a cold winter day.
- Learn how to prevent frozen pipes. Head over to our site for a detailed list of ways you can prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting.