What Do I Need to Do to My Plumbing System in the Fall
As summer gives way to fall, it’s the perfect time to give our home’s plumbing system some routine maintenance. September and October may seem too early to think about freezing pipes in most parts of the country, but you want to give yourself plenty of time to go through this checklist so that any necessary repairs or replacements can be completed before freezing weather sets in.
Fall Plumbing Checklist
- Insulate pipes. Any water pipes that may be susceptible to freezing should be wrapped in foam or other insulation. When in doubt, wrap it up — in most cases, there is little downside to over-insulating your pipes.
- Clean your gutters. Clean gutters may not sound like a plumbing issue, but properly maintained gutters divert rainwater and melting snow away from your home, which helps with consistent drainage and keeping your basement dry.
- Disconnect hoses and outdoor faucets. Remove and drain your garden hoses, then store them out of the elements. Water lines serving outdoor faucets should be closed for the season and drained of excess water. A plumber can help do this using compressed air.
- Inspect your water heater. Check your water heater for leaks or other signs of disrepair. Going into winter with no hot water can be disastrous for you and your home, so give yourself plenty of time to have equipment maintained or replaced before the weather turns cold. Many professionals also recommend fully draining your water heater at least once a year, so you may want to make that part of your fall inspection.
If you encounter any concerns while making your fall plumbing inspection, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced professional for help. The team at Plumb Doctor in Indianapolis is ready to assist you year-round.