Sep 25

Fall Plumbing Tips

Fall is here….and it’s time to think about preparations you should make in your home.  While some of you are enjoying pumpkin-spiced everything, watching football on Sundays, and heading to the pumpkin patch on the weekends… it may slip your mind that you need to prepare your home for the colder weather before it’s too late.

Check these tips off your to-do list this fall:

  1. Disconnect your garden hose(s).  After you drain them, store them somewhere that doesn’t get too cold.
  2. If you have interior shutoff valves that lead to your outdoor faucet,close them and drain them.  However, if you’re concerned that your outdoor faucet won’t last through the fall and winter, give us a call.  We can install a frost-proof outdoor faucet for you.
  3. Visually inspect your outdoor faucets for drips and leaks—this is especially important to fix before the temperatures drop and we get our first freeze.  You could end up with a mess in your home if the leaks aren’t detected and repaired.
  4. Turn your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees for optimal performance in the colder months.
  5. Inspect your sump pump.  Before the snow starts to fall, we’ll more than likely get a few more good rain storms. 
  6. Learn where the main water valve is.  It may come in handy to teach the whole family how to shut off the water main to the house…as well as know where the shut offs are on toilets and sinks before a disaster strikes!

No matter the season or the weather, we are always here to help you with your plumbing needs!  Give us a call today to get your home ready for the fall.