How to Prepare Your Plumbing for the Fall
Sep 10, 2015
Protect Those Pipes
Much like you bundle yourself and your family against the chill, it is important to take a moment and look to do the same for your pipes. Whether they are indoors or outdoors, make sure that your plumbing is properly insulated. Insulating your pipes can help heat from escaping and can cause less stress on the plumbing. If you’re unsure how to insulate those pipes yourself, call the experts at bluefrog Plumbing + Drain.
Stop the Leaks
You know those dripping sounds that you meant to check out all summer, but kept forgetting? Now would be the time to finally tap into your inner detective handyman and figure out where the leaks are coming from. Leaving pipes leaking during the autumn season can be more damaging than in other seasons.
Check Your Water Heater
You will have no greater possession during the fall than your water heater. Nothing beats the cold like a warm bath or hot water for a relaxing cup of tea. That is why it is important to make sure that you drain your water heater. You want to empty out any sediment that may have built up over the months, especially if you live in an area that uses hard water. If your water heater is old and slowing down, it might be time to replace it with a new one.
Wrap Up That Water Hose
Your hose can be a blessing during the summer, but once the chilly seasons approach, it is time to wrap it up for the next spring. If your hose is left hooked to the outdoor faucet, the water in the pipe can freeze, causing damage both in the pipes and to the hose.
Maintain Your Sump Pump and Pit
You may be wondering what on earth a sump pump even is, let alone how to take care of one. A sump pump is a device that eliminates water that has pooled together and is usually found in the basement. You should check the pump and the pit in which it is located, to make sure that it works properly. This can help avoid any flooding that might happen in the basement.
Cover Your Outdoor Pipes
If you have pipes outside of your homes, like many of us do, make sure to cover them with heat tape. Keeping them covered can help them work more effectively and can keep your pipes from freezing over.
At bluefrog Plumbing + Drain, we hope you have a comfortable and cozy autumn. We want you to be able to enjoy all the things that come with the changing seasons. We hope these tips will do just that. And for any plumbing problems you may have, give our experienced plumbers a call!