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Plumbing Maintenance Tips for Fall

Now that the weather has started cooling off it is a great time to check and maintain your pipes and plumbing equipment before the colder winter months arrive. Plumbing is an essential part of your home that should be cared for routinely. We recommend that you inspect your plumbing at least once a year. Checking your plumbing now helps to minimize the risk of burst pipes during snowy and cold weather.

You can do some maintenance yourself, and in some cases, you may want to call the experts at High 5 Plumbing.

Our Tips to Get Your Plumbing Ready for Fall

Fix Leaks Now

If you have any leaky plumbing or dripping fixtures, do not delay in getting them fixed. Problems that are annoying now could become major repairs if they are exacerbated by winter weather. Bring in an experienced plumber to make the repairs while they are small and more manageable.

Check Your Water Heater

Water heaters have a limited lifetime, and they should be checked one a year to make sure they are clean and still operating in good condition. Check to make sure the minerals in your water have not left behind sediment at levels that reduce your water heater’s efficiency. A plumber can help you drain and clear your water heater of sediment. A rusty water heater may mean it needs replacing in the near future.

Check Your Sump Pump

Your sump pump can freeze in cold weather, just like your pipes. Lift the lid to check the sump pump and clear out any clogs. Test to make sure it is working properly.

Insulate Exposed Pipes

If you have any unheated areas like crawl spaces, basements, and garages, you should insulate your hot and cold water lines. You may even want to insulate any exposed hot water pipes to keep their heat from dissipating in cooler temperatures of your home.

Outside Maintenance

Protecting your plumbing is just as important outside your home as inside. Clear your gutters and drains of leaves, which could cause drain pipes to burst in winter. Remove hoses from spigots and make sure they are drained of water. Cover the outdoor spigots with insulation. Winterize your irrigation system as any water remaining in the sprinkler lines can cause leaks in the spring.

If you need assistance with fall plumbing maintenance, call our experienced, licensed plumbing technicians at High 5 Plumbing to help you protect your plumbing from winter weather.