Summer is winding down, and cooler weather is just around the corner. Now is the time to get your plumbing ready before cold weather hits. Check the following items off of your plumbing checklist to be prepared:
Store your garden hoses
Disconnect your garden hoses and store them away for the winter. Be sure to drain them to prevent any water from being left inside that can freeze. This can cause cracked or broken hoses, which would need to be replaced come springtime.
Turn off your hose bibb
Up next on your plumbing checklist, you’ll want to be sure that your hose bibb and related water supply line is turned off before the weather gets cold. If water is left in the supply and it’s not disconnected, the water inside can freeze, causing the pipes to burst. This can be a costly expense and with the holiday season quickly approaching, who has time for that?
Make sure your pipes are appropriately insulated
Exposed pipes can become frozen and burst, causing a huge mess and expensive repairs. Check to make sure they’re properly insulated. Products like heat tape are available that can keep your pipes running optimally and prevent them from freezing.
Also, you’ll want to ensure that your drains and pipes remain clear of debris and leaves that can accumulate during the fall season and cause them to clog, creating a more significant issue for your plumbing system. Rake leaves and clear your drains and pipes early and often to avoid problems down the road.
Fix those leaks
If you’ve noticed pipes in your system that are dripping or leaking, now is the time to get the problem fixed before the cold weather arrives. If you aren’t confident that you can resolve the issue on your own, call in a plumbing professional. They’ll be able to diagnose the problem and get your plumbing system back on track.
Schedule a sewer line inspection
The fall and winter months can be taxing on your sewer system and wreak havoc on your plumbing system if left unchecked. Consider scheduling a preventative sewer line inspection to identify potential issues ahead of time.
Check your sump pump
If your home has a sump pump, now is the time to make sure that things are running smoothly. Your sump pump collects excess water from your home and pumps it away to keep things from flooding. You don’t want to come home on a chilly autumn day to find out that your basement has flooded.
Perform annual water heater maintenance
Preventative maintenance can help to extend the life of your water heater in addition to saving money on utility bills. Flushing the system is just one way to keep your water heater in prime condition. Talk to your plumbing professional about steps you should take to be sure that everything is running smoothly.
If you have any questions about preparing your plumbing system for fall, or you would like to schedule a service appointment, please feel free to contact Russell & LeMay in Central Arkansas today for more information.