Are you all geared up for Fall? With the beginning of Fall officially, it’s time to focus on your seasonal plumbing maintenance tips. Winter is still far off but it is best time to start your winter preparation. In this blog we’ll discuss tips that will help you prepare for upcoming colder months in order to ger your home safe and ready for winter.
- Outdoor Water Hoses & Faucets: During colder temperatures, water inside the hose tends to freeze and expand. Expansion in any connected pipes and faucets inside can lead them to freeze and break. To prevent any such situation, it is advisable to disconnect, drain of any remaining water from all the outsides water hoses and simply store all hoses in a dry area. Once you are done with hose removal, inspect all the outdoor faucets for any leaks or drips. Fall is the ideal time to repair any leakage or other plumbing issues. A leaking faucet can cause water damage and other plumbing issues during onset of winters. Once all your outdoor taps are checked & fixed, cover them up and insulate them using a styrofoam insulation kit.
- Interior Valve Shut-Off: Most of the homes are equipped with an interior shut-off valve that is generally connected to outside faucets and plumbing. Interior valve should be shut off and outdoor faucet valve should be kept open and ensure that there is no water left in the line that can freeze and cause other plumbing issues.
- Complete Insulation: Identify the non-heated areas of your home and pipelines located in those areas. It is advisable to ensure that all pipes in such areas are fully insulated. This will protect your pipes from freezing during cold winters.
- Sealants: When any pipeline enter your home, gap between the walls and pipes is a common thing. Over the period of time, these gaps become a gateway for cold air penetration. This can lead to freezing of pipes and an upsurge in your utility bills. Review all areas of your home and use high quality sealants, weather stripping, insulative material, caulking etc. to seal these gaps.
- Water Heaters: With the onset of winter, water heaters tend to use a lot of power and work harder to provide the same level of hot water. To keep your water heater running efficiently, it is advisable to completely flush the water tank to remove any sediment built up, residues, etc. which might hinder heat transfer.
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