Fall is fast approaching. Cooler temperatures can wreak havoc on your plumbing system is you’re not properly prepared. To prevent a surprise home flooding or big repair bill, undertake these five maintenance tasks in September to reduce the risk of serious plumbing issues that may appear this fall and winter.
1. Disconnect Outdoor Hoses
Constant freezing and thawing during fall and winter and weakens hoses and could cause them to crack. Disconnect and drain them. Then, store them somewhere that doesn’t get below freezing.
2. Get a Water Heater Inspection
The last thing you want is a broken water heater during the winter months. Schedule a maintenance appointment and make sure that your water heater is in its best condition for the cold weather.
3. Insulate Your Pipes
Inspect your home, especially crawl spaces and garages, for any exposed pipes. These pipes have a higher chance of bursting if left open in cold. Insulate them using fiberglass, pipe sleeves, or insulation tape to keep them flowing free throughout the winter.
4. Clean Out Your Gutters
The possibility for rain is greater during winter than at any other time of year. Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves, twigs, and other debris. Cleaning in September reduces the chances of downspouts and gutters getting clogged during fall and winter months.
5. Inspect Your Septic/Sewer System
Get your sewer or septic system checked by a professional. An inspection may find small problems before they turn into big ones. The average household septic system should be inspected at least every three years by a septic service professional.
If you get in over your head during fall maintenance, contact A. Borrelli today. We’re here to help you prepare your plumbing system for the cold weather.