The winds are beginning to blow and leaves are slowly starting to drop – the fall is upon us. Fall is the last chance home and business owners have to address repairs or maintenance for certain important areas before winter hits, and one of the most important areas here is plumbing.
At All Hours Plumbing, our plumbers are here to help with all fall and pre-winter plumbing services. Here are some tips for several of the most important areas you should be looking at before the coldest months hit.
Fall, winter and spring all put a significant amount of strain on the sewer system in general. Anyone who has had recent issue with any part of this system should consider a professional inspection in the fall to ensure there are no issues headed into winter.
Water heater maintenance is important in general, not just during fall – annual maintenance will help keep the heater working for longer, and will avoid more costly repairs or replacements. Doing this in fall is a good time to identify any leakage or overuse that might be tougher to spot in the winter, and can save you money on your utility bill.
The sump pump works harder the more precipitation there is, and fall and winter can be on the list here. Ensure that the sump pump is in working order – our professionals can assist you here if needed.
Garden Hoses and Bibs
Storage of hoses is an important area that many people overlook during fall plumbing maintenance. Be sure to disconnect the hose and properly drain all standing water from it, then place it in an area that won’t reach below 32 degrees Fahrenheit during winter – this will prevent frozen pipes or hoses.
In addition, remember to turn off the hose bib, an important connector piece, as well as the inside water supply line. Different systems may come with different sets of instructions here, but our plumbers are up to speed on any system you might have. If you don’t already have one, a frost-proof hose bib is another protector against the possibility of frozen pipes in winter.
For more on fall plumbing tips, or to learn more about any of our plumbing services, contact the experts at All Hours Plumbing today.