Fall is here at last!
If you can’t get enough of pumpkin spiced everything, stunning fall leaves and cozy sweaters, then you’ll be glad to know that fall is officially here. But, unfortunately, fall isn’t all cornucopias and fancy coffee; it can bring about very real problems for your plumbing system if you’re not careful. Before you celebrate everything you love about fall, it behooves you to take some time to prepare your plumbing system to take on the upcoming challenges that fall brings. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure that your plumbing system will stay in good shape throughout the fall:
#1. Disconnect your outdoor water hoses.
Before it gets too cold outside, you’ll want to disconnect any garden hoses you may have, and drain them. If you leave a hose connected to your home’s outside spigots, the water inside of it will freeze and then expand, which can cause any pipes or faucets connected to it to freeze as well. Frozen pipes can lead to burst pipes, which are expensive to fix and can cause a great deal of damage to your home.
#2. Turn off outdoor hose bibs.
Outdoor hose bibs are those spigots that you connect your garden hose to, and they allow you to easily wash your car, water your garden or set up a slip n’ slide in your lawn. Not only is it important to ensure that all hoses are disconnected and stored properly, but you also need to ensure that you turn off your home’s outdoor hose bibs. Leaving these spigots on presents the same risk as leaving your hose connected: frozen pipes that could burst.
When the temperature drops below freezing and the wind chills you to the bone, almost nothing feels better than to slip into a hot bath or sip a steaming cup of tea, and for that you need a working hot water heater. You rely on your hot water heater all year long, but it’s never more important to have a working hot water heating than it is during the fall and winter. Before the temperature starts dropping too low, have a professional come out and service your hot water heater. They’ll perform a series of tasks to ensure that your hot water heater is properly maintained and will be reliable.
#4. Fix any existing leaks.
Have you been hearing dripping sounds in your walls all summer long? Or maybe you’ve noticed an unexplainable spike in your water bill, or there’s a musty smell in your home. These are all signs of a plumbing leak, and while you may have gotten away with procrastinating the repairs you need throughout the summer, now that the fall is here, it’s time to get any and all leaks you may have fixed for good. Putting off a leak any further will only lead to health hazards, like mold and mildew, as well as severe property damage.
Fall is the best time of the year, but it can be troublesome for your plumbing system. Luckily, by following these steps, most plumbing problems are very preventable. Stay tuned for our next blog to learn more steps you should take to prepare your plumbing system for fall. In the meantime, turn to Culler Plumbing Services for the plumbing services you need in Belleville and the surrounding areas.