Fall is the season of comfort and convenience. As daylight hours and temperatures begin to decrease, we look to spend more time with family and friends in the comfort of our homes. Most often, the autumn spirit is characterized by the coziness of our blankets and fireplaces or the sweetness of fall blends in our meals and desserts. You probably don’t think of maintenance or upkeep as a fall activity. All too quickly, that brisk morning air becomes a rude awakening when your plumbing is shot before you can even manage to get a pumpkin spice latte brewing.
Next Steps For Plumbing Success
Whether it’s your first home or your forever home, the plumbing matters. Keeping equity and efficiency in mind, your home’s plumbing is a base-level, infrastructural system you need to be running effectively in order for you to get through the day. In the cooler months, we spend a lot more time inside of our homes and inevitably put more stress on those everyday systems. In the rare case that an emergency does strike, be sure to contact your local professional plumber for an immediate house call. There are plenty of ways to make sure that you never have to encounter an emergency, though.
Take a look at our checklist of priority fall plumbing to-dos.
- Check for Leaks
- Don’t Be a Sump Pump Chump
- Prep Your Water Heater
- Insulate Your Pipes
- Outside/External Faucet Checkups
- Ensure Home Valve Knowledge
Checks all of your major faucets and exposed pipes for leaks. There are plenty of ways to check this as well but you can always have a plumber perform leak detection services as an extra precaution.
Your sump pump is the pump in your plumbing system that drains excess or accumulated water and residue. Be sure to drain out your water heater as well. This will, in effect, reset your water heater for peak performance, clearing it of any sediment or residue. You must do this regularly throughout the year – not just in the fall – to uphold the integrity of your system as a whole.
Set the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal performance. Flush the heater to remove sediment. Test the water heater relief valve.
Traditionally uninsulated areas like your crawl space, attic, or garage usually do not have insulation installed around pipes. Make sure these areas have insulation around their pipes so that when we finally hit freezing temperature or when “snowmageddon” strikes again, you can rest easy knowing that your pipes and plumbing can bear the load.
Check that faucets on the exterior of your home do not have leaks. Have the necessary repairs done on them if there is leaking or dripping. Shut off any valves to these faucets and drain the remaining water from the outside lines; these valves could be internal (inside your home) so check for them there, too!
Make sure that everyone in your home knows where your water main is in your home as well as how to shut the water main valve off. In case of an emergency, this should be your first step so everyone in your home of an appropriate age must know
what to do if a major plumbing problem arises this fall or winter.
If these are already a part of your fall checkup routine, that is perfect. Just be sure to mark these off as things continue to cool down. No one wants cracks, floods, or blockages in the winter months because of frozen pipes. If you do come across issues, contact a local professional who can easily and quickly address your concerns before we reach freezing temperatures this winter.