With the arrival of Fall, you likely have visions of multi-colored leaves and festive holidays dancing in your head. But if you are a homeowner, some other things that should be on your mind are the tasks you'll have to complete to prepare your plumbing system for the colder weather ahead. Here are three tips to keep in mind to help ensure your plumbing makes it through to the following spring.
Remove and Store Hoses
If your property has garden hoses currently attached to a water supply leading to the house, you'll want to disconnect all of these and store them properly until warmer weather returns. If you leave a garden hose connected to the house, it could lead to a significant increase in pressure when the water left inside begins to freeze. This pressure could cause serious damage to your pipes.
Inspect Your Water Heater
Your water heater is going to start putting in more work once the temperature dips. If you want your water heater to have as long of a lifespan as possible, take steps to provide regular maintenance on it in between seasons. Flush any sediment that has built up and inspect all other parts to ensure it is running efficiently.
Get a Full House Inspection
For best results, hire a plumbing repair specialist to help you with that water heater inspection and then let the expert tackle the rest of your house as well. A plumbing specialist will be able to closely look at every corner of your home and give you a heads up if there is a leak that needs to be fixed or any area that might be in danger of having a problem develop once winter arrives. Other key areas of your property that might benefit from an extra set of eyes include your sump pump or sewer line and all of your drains.
Fall often brings visions of orange leaves and pumpkin pie. But while you're enjoying the beauty or food around you, don't forget to make time to give your entire plumbing system a once over. Disconnect any garden hoses running from the house to your yard or garden and flush your water heater of any sediment to ensure it will run efficiently this winter. Above all else, make sure you get a licensed plumber out to your home to ensure everything is ready for the colder days ahead.