Posted on: 8 September 2020
The return of the fall season is a reason to rejoice if you are into pumpkin-flavored lattes and changing colors along the tree line, but it's also a time of year when homeowners may need to pay extra attention to what's going on with their plumbing system. The change in temperature can cause some issues for your faucets and other areas of your home if you're not careful. Here are some important fall plumbing tips to keep in mind this and every fall season.
Disconnect All Hoses
If you're like many homeowners, you may have one or more garden hoses connected to the side of your house in order to keep your garden or flower bed watered during the summer. But leaving a hose connected to an outdoor faucet is a recipe for disaster once the temperature starts to drop. If there is excess water in the hose it could freeze and the increase in pressure will head right towards your faucet and the rest of your plumbing system. Disconnect all outdoor hoses long before the temperature outside starts to get chilly and you'll be in good shape.
Additional Protection for Outdoor Faucets is a Good Idea Too
After you disconnect all of your hoses, you might want to take things a step further if it will get especially cold in your neck of the woods towards the end of fall and the start of winter. It's possible to get a covering that you can put on top of every outdoor faucet or bib in order to provide some additional protection from the cold. Be sure to check each outdoor faucet for signs of leaks as well before you cover them up for the season.
Drain Your Water Heater
You may start using both your furnace and your water heater more often as the temperature begins to dip. An HVAC specialist can look at your furnace, but you might want to get a plumber out to your home to drain the water heater. Draining the water heater will allow a professional to remove any sediment build-up and will allow the entire system to run more efficiently.
The fall season is a time for football, haunted houses, and pumpkin pie, but as a homeowner, it's also time to keep a closer eye on the weather in order to protect your plumbing as well as the rest of your house. Contact a local professional that offers plumbing services today to schedule an inspectionShare