Fall Plumbing Maintenance Tasks To Tackle Now
Fall is officially underway, and while we are still enjoying some nice weather, now is as good a time as any to get some much needed fall plumbing maintenance tasks done. A drop in temperatures and heavy rain in the winter can have a major impact on your plumbing, so getting your plumbing prepared beforehand can help prevent plumbing disasters. In addition, the holidays always prove to be a busy time of year for plumbers, as the extra holiday entertaining can put added pressure on your plumbing. Getting your plumbing prepared before the holidays can help save you some stress. Here are some fall plumbing maintenance tasks to tackle now.
# 1 Leak Detection
On going leak detection is important to prevent unnecessary plumbing problems and damage. Water can be very destructive, and lead to all kinds of damage, not to mention mold. Proactive leak detection is the best line of defense. Start by inspecting all of your plumbing fixtures. Check under the sink, and behind toilets. You should also inspect water supply lines to your appliances, as these typically last about 5 years. Replace parts as needed. Leak detection is also important to conserve water, as undetected leaks can waste a lot of water over time.
#2 Drain Cleaning
As we mentioned above, all of the extra holiday entertaining can put extra pressure on your plumbing system. Having your drains cleaned before the busy holiday season can help prevent unnecessary clogs and keep things moving. In addition, heavy rains can cause backups and clogs. If you live in an area that is prone to heavy rainfall, it may be a good idea to have your drains cleaned before the rainy season starts.
#3 Sump Pump Maintenance
If you live in an area that is prone to heavy rain, or if you have a basement, then you probably have a sump pump. A sump pump works to remove excess water as the result of a flood from heavy rain. Areas that are below ground are subject to flooding, which is why they have sump pumps. However, a sump pump is only useful if it works, so it is important to inspect it before the rainy season starts to ensure that it is functioning properly. Start by pouring a bucket of water into the crock to see if the pump engages. If it turns on then you are in good shape. Next you will want to check the outlet drain to make sure it is free from any clogs.
#4 Water Heater Maintenance
Water heater maintenance is also an important part of fall plumbing maintenance. Annual draining and flushing of your water heater can help remove excess sediment buildup, which can help your water heater last longer, heat more effectively, and work more efficiently. In addition, you should also check the water pressure release valve, as well as the thermostat.
If you live in a particularly cold area, then it is important to make sure your pipes and water heater are properly insulated. Pipes that are located in crawl spaces, basements, or exposed to the elements should be insulated. Insulation can help prevent your pipes from freezing. Homes in areas where temperatures don’t reach below freezing all that often could be susceptible to frozen pipes if they get caught off guard by a fluke in the weather. In addition, insulation for your hot water heater can help your water heater work more efficiently by helping maintain the temperature of the water.
Fall plumbing maintenance is important to help protect the integrity of your plumbing. In addition, some other household maintenance tasks that should be completed during the fall include gutter cleaning, storm drain cleaning, downspout inspection, trim back brush and clear away excess foliage and leaves, furnace maintenance, and you should inspect your home for air leaks to help maintain the temperature in your home. Need a little help with your fall plumbing maintenance? Contact Rooter Hero today!