There are many steps you can take to prepare your plumbing system for fall.
If you’ve been waiting all summer long to exchange your flip-flops and shorts for sweaters and Doc Martins, you’ll be glad to know that fall is now officially in full swing. Even though there are so many things to be excited about in the fall, the changing temperatures make it a challenging time for your plumbing system. But, the good news is that most plumbing problems can be prevented; you just have to take the right steps. In our last blog, we went over a few tips to help you prepare your plumbing system for more. Be sure to check it out, and then keep reading to learn more.
#5. Make sure that your sump pump is working.
During the summer, your sump pump works hard to prevent water from backing up into your home after a storm. However, the summer isn’t the only time you need to be able to rely on your sump pump, and the last thing that you want is for it to stop working in the middle of the night when it’s freezing cold outside. As a part of your fall plumbing checklist, take a moment to make sure that your sump pump is clean and working properly. Get a bucket of water and dump it on the sump pump to ensure that it turns on properly and pumps out water.
Leaves and other debris can build up in your gutters and drainpipes that prevent water from escaping from your roof and being directed safely away from your home. Not only is this an essential step for protecting your roof and your home as a whole, but ensuring that water is directed away from your home is also beneficial for your plumbing system. When the rain falls and snow melts on your roof, there’s a good chance that there’s already a lot of moisture around your home that your sump pump is working hard to pump out. The last thing that you want is to add to it.
#7. Insulate your pipes.
Although keeping your heater on and your taps open during the winter can both be helpful in preventing your pipes from freezing, you can never do too much to prevent a frozen or burst pipe in your home. One of the best ways to ensure that your pipes won’t freeze is insulate them, particularly in unheated areas where pipes are particularly prone to freezing, like in garages or crawl spaces. Applying thermostat-controlled heat cables or heat tape is an efficient, effective and affordable way to prevent burst pipes in your home.
Fall is a time for sipping hot beverages, snuggling on the couch and wearing big, comfy sweaters. Don’t let a plumbing emergency break the fall magic! Avoid having to make that call to your Belleville emergency plumber in the first place by following these steps. Feel free to contact us at Culler Plumbing Services if you would like professional assistance!