Fall is a favorite time of year for many of us. Cooler weather and autumn activities mean more time spent indoors at home. With the freezing winter weather just around the corner, it's time to get cozy and say goodbye to summer. Is your plumbing ready for the change of seasons, too? Here's how to fix some common fall plumbing issues.
Overworked Water Heater
A working water heater is crucial for a comfortable home. When the ground temperature falls, the water entering your home gets colder, which means your water heater has to work harder to bring up the temperature. This is a good time to do a checkup on this often overlooked appliance. Check for visible rust and leaks, and turn the temperature up to counter balance the colder water. If your water heater is old or you notice any problems, contact a professional to investigate.
Overlooked Outdoor Plumbing
Now that yard watering season is over, don't forget to shut the valve leading to your outdoor fixtures and drain them completely. Any water left behind could freeze, causing headaches and expense in the spring. Insulate outside pipes now to protect them over the winter. And don't forget to store your hoses indoors so they will be ready when you need them next year.
Rains and Drains
For many parts of the country, autumn weather brings extra rain. If leaves are clogging your gutters or outdoor drains, this extra precipitation could end up inside your home. Take the time to check your outdoor drains and make sure the covers are still in place. Once the leaves stop falling, clean out your gutters. Keeping your gutters free-flowing eliminates a leading source of drainage issues outside a home. If you have a sump pump, make sure it is working properly. Contact a professional for help if you notice any problems or need help with groundwater entering your home.
Slow and Getting Slower
Is your kitchen sink or bathtub slow to drain? Are you not sure what is causing the issue? Unfortunately, these problems won't get better on their own. With the holidays just around the corner, it's a good idea to get these problems fixed before visitors arrive. Many people enjoy spending more time in the kitchen once the weather turns cooler. Remind the cooks in your house to never put grease or fats down the drain. If you suspect grease build up is causing your slow drains, address it before it turns into a blockage.
Plan Ahead to Avoid Frozen Pipes
If you live in a northern climate, fall is the right time to insulate your pipes. Even indoor pipes can freeze if conditions are right. Pipe insulation is a quick solution, and you have many options. You can purchase a kit and install it yourself, or contact a professional to take care of everything for you. A little extra work in the fall will save you the expense and hassle of frozen pipes this winter.
Charlie Teschner started MESA Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling in 1982. Charlie has a journeyman and master plumber’s license. He was raised with a strong work ethic and he now applies those values to tasks such as Longmont, CO heating repair.