Fall Plumbing Tips from Steve Huff Plumbing
As the temperatures cool, it’s crucial not to forget about your plumbing system. Fall signals the need for some extra care to ensure your pipes are ready for the changing seasons. Here are ten plumbing tips and tricks, brought to you by Steve Huff Plumbing, to get your plumbing in top shape for fall.
Retire Your Garden Hoses:
- Be sure to disconnect and store garden hoses before temperatures drop. If left connected, water can freeze and expand, potentially causing damage to outdoor faucets and leading to leaks. If you should find some leaks, call the professionals at Steve Huff Plumbing!
- Before storing your garden hose, give it a thorough cleaning. Remove any dirt, mud, or debris that might have accumulated during use. A clean hose is less prone to damage and ensures a fresh start when you use it again.
- For ultimate protection, especially in harsh winter climates, consider storing your garden hose indoors. A shed or garage provides a controlled environment, shielding it from extreme temperatures and weather conditions.
Clean Your Gutters:
- Clear leaves, twigs, and debris from gutters and downspouts. This promotes proper roof drainage, preventing water damage in the basement and ensuring seamless functionality.
- Check the downspout for any obstructions. If you notice clogs, use the trowel or your gloved hands to remove the blockage.
- While clearing the gutters, inspect for any signs of damage, such as loose or missing screws, sagging sections, or leaks. Note areas that may need repairs.
- To prevent future issues, schedule regular gutter maintenance, especially in the fall when leaves are abundant. This proactive approach can save you from potential water damage and costly repairs. Call Steve Huff Plumbing for professional help!
Assess Your Outdoor Spigots:
- Check for leaks and signs of damage in outdoor spigots. Promptly repair any issues to prevent further damage during winter months.
- Watch for any leaks around the connection points between the spigot and the hose. Additionally, check for water dripping or pooling around the base of the spigot. If you notice any leaks, tighten the connections or replace any damaged components, such as washers or gaskets. Also, inspect the spigot handle for smooth operation and ensure there are no cracks or signs of wear. Regularly checking for and promptly addressing leaks and damage in outdoor spigots helps prevent water wastage and potential damage to your home’s foundation.
Turn Off Water to Outdoor Faucets:
- Locate interior shut-off valves for outdoor faucets. Close these valves and drain any residual water from taps before the first hard freeze to prevent pipes from freezing.
- When extremely cold temperatures are expected, allow faucets to drip slightly to keep water flowing, reducing the risk of freezing. Disconnect and store outdoor hoses, and shut off the water supply to outdoor faucets. Keep interior doors open to promote warm air circulation throughout your home. In extremely cold weather, consider using heating tape on vulnerable pipes. If you plan to be away during freezing temperatures, set your thermostat to a consistent temperature to prevent drastic drops in temperature. By taking these precautions, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of frozen pipes and the potential for costly water damage. If you should find yourself with frozen pipes, give Steve Huff Plumbing a call!
Check Your Drains:
- With winter bringing houseguests, schedule a drain inspection and cleaning with an expert plumber. Ensure your plumbing is ready to handle the extra demand during the season.
Flush the Water Heater:
- Schedule a water heater flush every fall to maintain optimal performance. If comfortable, perform a mini-flush yourself to keep the appliance working efficiently.
Test the Temperature and Pressure-Relief Valve:
- Ensure the valve can vent excessive pressure safely. Test it as part of your annual water heater maintenance, ensuring a burst of hot water flows out and the valve snaps back into place.
Inspect Your Sump Pump:
- Test your sump pump to handle rising groundwater from autumn rain and melting snow. Promptly repair any issues to prevent potential flooding.
Look for Corroded or Leaky Pipes:
- Regularly check for rusty pipes, addressing them promptly to prevent leaks. Stains like green, yellow, or orange on fittings indicate corrosion. Puddles and stains near exposed pipes may signal existing leaks needing immediate attention.
Trust in the expertise of Steve Huff Plumbing to address all your plumbing needs this fall. Prepare your plumbing for the season ahead and enjoy a worry-free fall and winter.