Fall is on its way, even if the current temperatures in Boise and the Treasure Valley don’t make it seem that way. Before winter hits, make a list of things to do around the house to prepare for the changing season. Here are some fall plumbing tips to put on that list:
- Hoses and Faucets
Once colder temperatures hit, the hoses need to be disconnected and stored away. Also remember to check hose bibs for leaking or dripping before shutting them off. If they are not made to handle cold weather, insulating the hose bibs is also a good idea.
- Water Heater Maintenance
A freezing cold shower on a chilly morning is not pleasant. Annual fall maintenance can help prevent any water heater issues during the winter. If your water heater is getting past its prime, talk to All Star Plumbing and Restoration about replacing it.
- Sump Pump
Homes with sump pumps need to inspect and clean the pump and pit during fall. If they are exposed to extreme cold, there’s a possibility of any sitting water in the pit freezing, which prevents the pump from working properly when needed.
- Insulate Pipes
If there have been issues in the past with pipes freezing during winter, fall is the perfect time to insulate them. When pipes freeze, they are susceptible to cracking which leads to water damage inside the home.
- Clean Gutters
As the leaves begin to fall, they can clog up gutters and downspouts. This can lead to water build-up that could end up finding its way into the home. Clean gutters and downspouts regularly during fall and make sure they are draining away from the house to prevent water damage.
These tips should help prevent common mishaps that can happen when the weather turns cold. If you discover any plumbing issues while doing your fall maintenance, contact All Star Plumbing and Restoration. Better to prevent a plumbing problem than deal with a bigger problem later, especially in the winter!