As the warm weather of the summer months starts to ebb and cooler days draw near, homeowners around Texas are beginning to think about fall plumbing maintenance.
While many things go into keeping your home in great condition, fall plumbing maintenance is one of the most critical components of a cozy, happy winter home. Read on to learn more about how you can care for your plumbing this fall.
5 Fall Plumbing Maintenance Tips for Your Home
Nobody wants to deal with expensive plumbing disasters this fall. Keep your pipes and plumbing in excellent working order with these five plumbing maintenance tips:
1. Unhook & Drain All Outdoor Hoses
Nothing wreaks havoc on plumbing quite as quickly as a frozen hose and faucet. In the event of a hard frost or a sudden drop in temperature, outdoor hoses can freeze. If this happens, the water within them expands and backs up into your internal plumbing, which can cause the pipes running through your walls and floors to expand and explode.
With this in mind, disconnect and drain all of your outdoor hoses well before the temperatures begin to dip.
2. Give Your Sewer Line Some TLC
Sewer problems can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Because of this, it’s important to maintain your sewer line as well as possible. This fall, hire a professional to clean and snake your sewer line.
While this helps keep your sewer line functioning properly, it also prevents roots from encroaching and damaging your underground lines.
3. Insulate Your Vulnerable Pipes To Protect Them From Cold Weather
Broken pipes can quickly flood your home, garage, or outdoor spaces, so it’s critical to protect them from the cold with quality insulation. This fall, hire a professional plumber to evaluate your pipes and insulate any that need some added protection from the cold. While this is a simple job, it can work wonders to protect your plumbing from the ravages of the cooler temperatures.
4. Inspect Your Hot Water Heater
There’s never a good time to experience a leak in your water heater, but being proactive could save you thousands of dollars in damages/repair costs if the tank springs a leak unexpectedly. Have your water heater inspected by a licensed professional. They will be able to check for rust spots (an indication that the tank may be wearing down), water connections, proper venting and draining.
5. Maintain Your Garbage Disposal
Fall brings with it family-filled holidays, which may put a strain on your garbage disposal. The last thing you want to deal with on Thanksgiving morning is a stopped up kitchen sink due to a poorly functioning garbage disposal. Have a professional inspect yours. They may be able to suggest any necessary upgrades to its infrastructure before you encounter a problem.
Professional Fall Plumbing Maintenance
It’s critical to have a plumbing system you can rely on in the winter, and Legacy Plumbing is here to perform the maintenance you need to keep your system in great working order. With a reliable team you can trust, we’re here to help you protect and preserve your home.
Contact us today for help with all of your fall residential plumbing services!