Fall is in full swing in St. Louis! It’s time to get your home plumbing system ready for winter. As the leaves change color and temperatures continue to drop, it’s important to make sure your pipes, gutters, and faucets are in good shape. You can prevent many plumbing problems by performing a few routine maintenance tasks before the first autumn freeze hits. To help you out, we’ve put together some fall plumbing tips for homeowners.
Fall Plumbing Tips
Use the following fall plumbing tips to prepare your home plumbing for winter weather:
- Disconnect your outdoor water hose! This will prevent interior pipes connected to the outside water faucet from freezing and possibly bursting.
- Make sure all outdoor faucets are free of leaks and drips. Then, turn them completely off and shut off the interior valve for outdoor faucets (usually found in the basement).
- Further, protect exterior faucets by covering them with styrofoam or hose bibs.
- Clean your gutters. Use a gutter shovel to scoop out fallen leaves and debris.
- Protect your pipes! Inspect all of your home’s plumbing pipes to make sure they are properly insulated. Remember: both exterior and interior pipes throughout your house, basement, and garage are susceptible to freezing in the wintertime.
- Drain your water heater to prevent sediment buildup and rust. First, shut off the power and water supply valve. Then, carefully drain the tank by connecting a hose to the drain valve and running it to a nearby drain. This will help lengthen the life of your water heater. It will also enhance its heating efficiency, keeping your showers nice and hot!
- Check indoor faucets and plumbing fixtures (sinks, toilets, showerheads, etc.) for leaks and get them repaired before winter hits.
- If you have a sump pump, make sure it’s clean and in good working order. Pour a bucket of water on it and check to see that it turns on and pumps the water out. If it’s not working properly, or if you notice dampness or foul odors, call a professional plumber. Your sump pump is at lower risk for freezing if it’s well maintained and in good condition.
Importance of Fall Plumbing Maintenance
Simple plumbing maintenance tasks performed in the fall will potentially save you a lot of time and money down the road. A simple mistake like forgetting to disconnect your hose before winter can lead to frozen, cracked, or burst pipes and wreak havoc on your entire home plumbing system. We urge you to follow our fall plumbing tips in order to help prevent such issues from occurring.
If you have any questions about the fall plumbing tips listed above, please feel free to contact us. Not sure if your home’s pipes are “properly insulated”? Can’t find the “interior valve” for your outdoor faucets? Call (314) 501-9950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re happy to help!