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Protecting your Home's Outdoor Plumbing this Fall

Autumn in the Pacific Northwest can produce some of the best scenery in the country. But as each day passes by, the air gets colder, the rain pours harder and those bright colorful leaves begin to fall. All manifesting a potential hazard for exterior plumbing systems.

Rather than spending your time outside trying to fix an inconvenient plumbing issue, wouldn’t it be nice to be bundled up on the couch next to a warm fire?

Our plumbers are local to the northwest and have years of professional experience working on all types of residential properties in the Vancouver, WA area -- so they understand the frequent issues during this time of year. As a helpful tool for you, here are 5 expert recommendations to prevent an exterior plumbing problem.

  1. Locate Water Shut Off Valves

It’s always important to know where each water shut-off valve is located throughout the house. Turn off the water to all of the outdoor faucets to avoid any freezing or breakage in the pipes. If there is no turn off valve, be sure the faucet shows no signs of leaking.

  1. Cover Exterior Hose Bibbs

Before covering the hose bibbs, make sure either the water has been turned off to that faucet or that there are no signs of leaks or drips. For faucets that are attached to the home, simply install a cover, which you can find at your local Home Depot or Lowes. If you have a freestanding faucet connected to a hose, learn more about winterizing those right here.

  1. Clear Gutters and Rain Drains

A very common mistake homeowners in Oregon make is never cleaning out their gutters. Not only do leaves pile up in gutters, but an accumulation of moss and debris also get trapped inside. The issue that follows is a clogged rain drain. Instead of storm water flowing out properly, the leaves and debris move over time from the gutter into the rain drain, which then backs up. To ensure a smooth flow, remove anything lying in the gutter.

  1. Protect the Sprinkler System

Start by turning off the main shut off valve for the sprinkler system. Make sure any piping above ground is insulated properly. If it’s an automatic system, be sure to shut down the controller. If you have any other concerns regarding your irrigation system, we’re available 7 days a week to diagnose the situation.

  1. Inspect the Sewer

Before the holiday season rolls around, a wise preventative maintenance project is having the sewer inspected. The last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is a clogged sewer – especially when relatives are in town. We have an expert who can provide a sewer camera inspection to make sure everything is flowing smoothly.

These tips can certainly help you have peace of mind during the fall and winter. Of course, they’re just one part of a home’s plumbing system, and if you’re experiencing any other type of plumbing, sewer or drain cleaning problem, our professionals can take care of it. We offer convenient appointments that can be scheduled any day, and there’s never an overtime charge. We hope you enjoy another cozy autumn indoors!

Mr. Rooter iconAbout the Author: Steve Ferree, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Vancouver

Steve has been a trusted Mr. Rooter owner of Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Vancouver since 1999. With over 20 years to back him, Steve has experience with a wide range of plumbing related solutions and systems. He and his team specialize in drain cleaning, sewer repair, re-piping, and more.