Fall is the perfect time of year to prep your home with the repairs, remodels, and replacements it needs before winter comes. During the fall, the weather is mild, making for ideal weather conditions to complete some necessary home maintenance to prevent any mishaps during the colder winter months.
Here are our top fall residential plumbing tips to help keep your home in tip-top shape:
Disconnect Outside Water Hoses
It is super important to disconnect your home’s outside water hoses before wintertime. Winter brings in much cooler temperatures that can freeze the water inside your hose and cause damage, such as cracking. Make sure to turn off your faucet entirely and drain all of the remaining water out of the hose before storing it.
Fix All Leaky Pipes and Fixtures Inside & Outside
Whenever you notice any pipes or fixtures leaking, it’s best to take prompt action to prevent any further damage to your home. Fixing leaks is especially important to do before the winter, as there is the potential of frozen pipes, which can cause expensive repairs and significant damage to your home. Before winter arrives, make sure to check all of the plumbing in your house, including under the sinks in the kitchen, bathrooms, and utility rooms. Outside, you’ll want to check your hose faucets, swimming pool supply lines, and sprinklers, turning them off completely and wrapping them to prevent freezing if needed.
Completely Flush Water Heater Tanks
Flushing your water heater tank should be done routinely to ensure that the sediments gathering on the bottom of the tank are removed, leaving you with clean water and no chance of clogs during the winter. Flushing the water heater can be a tricky process, so calling for help from a plumber is a safe bet to make sure it’s done correctly.
Keep Gutters and Downspouts Clean
The downspout is the extension of a gutter that transports the excess water from the roof onto the ground. Before winter, make sure to clean out any debris from the gutter and the downspout to prevent clogging. If the gutter or downspout is clogged during the winter, the standing water can freeze and create ice dams. Ice dams put extra stress and weight on your gutters and cause them to fall or detach from your home.
Let the experts at The Bathroom Inc. inspect and repair any plumbing issues in your home this fall. From repairing leaks to water heater maintenance, our team of plumbing professionals can help get your home ready for winter. Call us today for a free estimate!