Fall Plumbing Tips & Winter Prep

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Just as you switch up your wardrobe as the seasons change, it’s important to keep up with seasonal house plumbing basics. As the weather gets brisker, homeowners should implement fall plumbing tips to avoid potential plumbing problems in the future.

A few simple precautions will help prevent plumbing nightmares during the holiday season. Follow our guide with plumbing maintenance and cold weather tips for you and your home to make sure you’re not dealing with a catastrophe once the snow, ice, and freezing temperatures hit.

Fall Plumbing Tips: Inside & Outside

Around the Yard

Disconnect Your Water Hoses from Faucets
Remove your water hoses from the spigots before they freeze on to the pipe. It’s best to drain and store all garden hoses to prevent damage. If you leave your hoses connected, you could damage your faucet or pipes — potentially causing them to burst.

Shut Off Valves for Outside Faucets
House plumbing basics include being able to locate where your water shut-off valve is. If you don’t have these exterior valves, just make sure the outdoor faucet is not dripping or leaking any water.

Clean Out Gutters & Downspouts
Make sure your home’s gutters are clean, clear, and ready to move rain away from your home. If water floods or accumulates anywhere, it can eventually freeze. Freezing water can create breakages, roof damage, flooding, and a variety of other issues.

Garage & Unheated Interior Areas

Check for Potential Leaks or Gutter Overflow/Flood Points
If your gutters flow through your garage, ensure that there are no leaky spots that accumulate water. Once water begins to freeze in the winter, it will begin to expand — causing more damage.

Insulate or Cover Exposed Piping
Exposed piping is another major area of concern for potential freezing. It’s a common misconception that piping in a garage, crawl space, under your porch, or in another enclosed area is safe from cold temperatures.

Simply covering the pipes can make the difference between healthy plumbing and frozen pipes. However, an insulation kit is the best choice to make sure your pipes remain protected.

In the Basement

Check & Clean Your Water Heater
Keeping your water warm during the cooler months means that your heater will be stressed a bit more than during the spring and summer. Keep your water heater healthy by checking it to ensure it’s clean, clear, and ready to run before it gets colder.

Ensure Your Sump Pump is Clean & Functional
Similar to your heater, you should prep your sump pump for winter by checking and cleaning it to make sure it’s fully functional. Make sure the discharge line is fully clear to avoid flooding that could cost you a lot of cash in repair costs.

By taking preventative measures with these fall plumbing tips, you can avoid a lot of potential problems once winter kicks into high-gear. Winterizing your home should take place in fall so unexpected cold snaps don’t leave your plumbing under strain. Schedule a service appointment with John C. Flood today to have your home winterized by an expert.

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