dreamstime_xxl_21129942Fall is finally here, and it’s the perfect time of the year to prepare your plumbing system for winter.

September 22 was the first official day of fall, and that means that in just a few short months, winter is coming. Your plumbing system faces many unique challenges throughout the fall and winter, which makes right now the perfect time to prepare your plumbing system to handle those challenges. The following is a list from our plumber in Belleville of tips to help you prepare your plumbing system for fall:

#1. Unhook hoses and turn off outside hose bibs.

Now that fall is here, the weather can be unpredictable, and you could be surprised by the first frost earlier than you think. To prevent frozen hose bibs and hoses from wreaking havoc on your plumbing system, disconnect, drain and store hoses for winter, and turn off and drain your outside hose bibs.

#2. Inspect and maintain your sump pump.

If you have a sump pump in your home, inspect it to see if the basin is full. Over time, debris can build up in the basin, preventing your sump pump from doing its job, and it needs to be emptied. It’s also smart to test your sump pump to ensure that is operating as it should.

#3. Get your hot water heater serviced.

When winter finally comes, you are really going to want hot water in your home, so now is a great time to service your hot water heater. Call in a professional plumber to inspect and maintain your hot water heater. It’s also smart to insulate your hot water heater tank to improve its efficiency, so ask your plumber if this is the right choice for you.

Would you like to learn more tips for preparing your plumbing system for fall? If so, stay tuned for our next blog.