Fall Season Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Labor Day weekend has come and gone and as much as we don’t want to believe it, summer is winding to an end. Children are back in school and even though it is still very hot outside, the fall season is right around the corner. As the season begins to change and the temperature begins to drop, Al Terry wanted to provide you with some helpful fall plumbing tips.

  • – Remove outdoor water hoses. If left connected, water left in these houses can freeze and expand. This can result in faucets and connecting pipes in your home to freeze and possibly break as well.
  • – Check for leaks, or cracks around your doors or windows. While they may not have been a huge deal during the summer, it will be important to reduce cold air penetration.
  • – The fall season is a great time to get your water heater serviced. During the winter months, as you can imagine, your water heater works much harder. From flushing it out, removing sediment buildup, to testing the water pressures relief valve, there are many things that will improve your water heater’s overall performance and condition.
  • – If you have any interior shut-off valves that lead to outside faucets, be sure to shut them off and drain all water from outside lines.
  • – Clear out and clean leaves and debris that have built up in your gutters and downspouts. This way you can ensure easy drainage when water freezes during the winter months.
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