The leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping, and warmer clothes are starting to make their first appearance –fall is officially here! Over the next few months the weather is expected to get cold and wet, and it can be incredibly hard on your plumbing. Luckily, there are lots of things that you can do to keep everything running smoothly throughout the fall and the winter! The following is a list of fall plumbing tips from our talented East St. Louis Plumber:
- Blow out your sprinkler- Draining your irrigation system simply isn’t enough. No matter how well you drain it, the fact is that some water is likely to still remain, which can freeze, expand, and cause expensive damage. In order to reduce your risk for freeze damage, you will need to blowout your sprinkler. You can do this on your own with a can of compressed air, but you should keep in mind that this can be dangerous, and you should always make sure that you have adequate eye protection.
- Unhook your garden hose- Keep your garden hoses in good shape by unhooking them, draining them completely, and then storing them safely away from the cold. It is tempting to store these items in an outdoor shed or a cold garage, but you should know that the more often that your hose freezes and thaws, the more likely it will be to crack.
These are just a couple of the many things that you can do to prepare your plumbing for the cold weather ahead. To learn more, please stay tuned for our next blog.