As the temperatures begin to shift from warm to cool, your home’s plumbing is at higher risk for potential problems. However, as long as you act accordingly, you’ll be able to prevent plumbing problems this season.
Here’s what you need to do to protect your home and to avoid the most common plumbing problems:
Probably one of the most significant issues most homeowners run into when the temperatures start to plummet is a frozen pipe. When a pipe freezes, it increases the chance of bursting, which will then flood your basement, utility room, or the property around your home. This can then lead to a shift in the foundation, causing even more problems.
You need to do what you can to avoid frozen pipes. First, insulate your exposed pipes. This is an inexpensive task that can be done relatively quickly. You’ll also want to keep your home’s thermostat at 55 degrees or higher even if you’re away from home. This helps prevent the pipes from becoming too cold and freezing. You’ll also want to let a faucet drip water while you’re gone. This keeps the water in your pipes moving. Moving water takes longer to freeze than water that’s standing still.
Water Heater Issues
When the temperature begins to change outside, it affects the water coming into your house. The ground temperature is different, so the water coming into your home, and eventually, the water heater will be colder. Due to this, it may take longer for the water heater to heat the water. However, if it’s taking significantly longer, there might be another issue with the water heater. Additionally, because the water heater needs to work harder to heat the water, it will show wear and tear more often during the colder time of the year.
If your water heater is on the older side (older than ten years) or is showing significant signs of failure, contact Russell & LeMay to have a plumber come out and inspect the water heater. This way, you can have the issue addressed before the temperatures drop further.
Sink Flow Issues
Fall means Thanksgiving, and the holidays are right around the corner. This also means more food and debris will be pushed down the garbage disposal. If you’ve noticed any flow issues in the sink or problems with the garbage disposal, you’ll want to have it serviced now before the holidays by Russel & LeMay.
Have you noticed the water in your sink isn’t flowing as smoothly as usual? There are several reasons why this might happen. However, one potential issue is leaves, and other debris that falls from trees can clog up drainage systems in the area. This can then back up your home’s plumbing system, causing flow problems. Whatever the cause of the blocked drain is, you’ll want to contact a professional to come and service your home. Once the pipe is blocked, there isn’t much you can do on your own, and the longer you sit on it, the bigger the problem becomes.
If you’re experiencing any of these or other plumbing problems, you need to give Russell & LeMay a call as early as possible. The sooner you have the issue addressed, the less expensive it is, and the easier it is to repair the problem and have your home back to normal. So, if you’re experiencing any fall plumbing problem, you want to schedule a home inspection time, or you’re interested in one of the many other services offered, now is the time to contact the team at Russell & LeMay.