Fall is here, meaning colder weather. So it’s time to start thinking about taking care of your plumbing system before heading into winter. A problem in your plumbing system during the fall and winter months can be a disaster to your home.

You can prevent headaches and costly repairs by preparing your plumbing system for the changing seasons. Implementing our fall plumbing tips will help you to avoid potential plumbing problems during the fall or winter months. Below is our guide with plumbing maintenance and plumbing tips for fall inside and outside your home. 

Here are the plumbing tips for fall:

1. Outside 

There are several things you need to do outside your home in order to prepare your plumbing system for the fall and winter months. This includes covering and insulating faucets, shutting off valves for outside faucets, disconnecting your water houses from faucets, and making sure your gutters are clean.

Shut Off Valves for Outside Faucets

You should make sure you shut off valves for outside faucets and make sure it isn’t dripping or leaking any water that could freeze and burst. 

Insulate Pipes & Faucets

You should insulate any outdoor-facing pipes and faucets to protect them from the cold. Any direct contact between a pipe or faucet and the cold can risk plumbing exposure to freezing temperatures. If your pipes freezing during the fall and winter months, it can lead to a broken pipe, which results into flooding and other plumbing nightmares.

Disconnect Hoses from Faucets 

You should disconnect your houses from faucets before they freeze on to the pipe. Then, store your hoses in a safe area away from freezing temperates during the fall and winter months. If you leave your hoses connected to the faucets, you’ll risk them freezing and eventually bursting, which could result into damages in your interior pipes. 

Clean your Gutters

You should clean your gutters if there are any fallen leaves that have been piling up. Cleaning your gutters will prevent it from being clogged during the fall and winter months. You should also make sure your downspout is clean so it can redirect water flow away your home. This will help you avoid standing water than can freeze in freezing temperatures. 

2. Inside 

There are several things you need to do inside your home in order to prepare your pluming system for the fall and winter months. This includes checking water lines sand faucets for leaks, checking your water heater settings and inspecting your sump pump and sump pit.

Check for Leaks

You should be checking your water lines and faucets for any leaks. If you spot any leaks inside your home, you should contact a licensed plumber as soon as possible. 

Check Water Heater

You should check your water heater settings. Is your water heater at 120 degrees? If not, set it to 120 degrees to ensure optimum performance during the fall and winter months. You should also clean your water heater to remove any unwanted debris or blockages that can stop your water heater from working properly. 

Inspect Sump Pump & Sump Pit

You should check your sump pump and sump pit to make sure it’s fully functional to avoid flooding. Check if the discharge line is clean and clear so it doesn’t prevent your sump pump from operating. 

About Aquamaster Plumbing

Aquamaster Drain, Plumbing & Waterproofing Inc. is your full-service plumbing and basement waterproofing company assisting the Greater Toronto Area residents. We offer services such as drain cleaning, basement waterproofing, sump pump installation, and more.

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