Fall Plumbing Tips

Fall Plumbing Tips

You know you’re from Texas when the temperature drops below 95 and you feel a little chilly.

You know you’re from Texas if you’ve ever had to switch from heat to A/C in the same day.

Fall Plumbing Tips

Sound familiar? Welcome to the two days out of the year that we get fall in Texas! Okay, we get maybe a month of fall in Texas, but that’s not important. What is important, however, is making sure that your plumbing system is ready for the fall before we get that first taste of winter. Here are some fall plumbing tips to ensure that your plumbing system is ready for the changing seasons:

• Check all of your outdoor faucets to ensure that they are free of leaks or drips. It’s also a good idea to check the condition of the faucet as well so that replacement or repair can be made prior to the colder weather setting in. Another good idea for your faucets is to go ahead and invest in faucet covers.

• Clean your gutters. We realize this isn’t a plumbing tip, but it’s a tip that can help keep damage from occurring to your foundation. Your gutters are designed to carry rainwater from the roof away from the foundation of your home. If gutters are clogged, this could cause an overflow of water which in turn could cause some damage.

• Protect your pipes! We can not stress this one enough. Be sure to walk around your home both inside and out to make sure that all exposed piping is properly insulated.

• Drain your water heater. This will help to prevent sediment built up and rust. It will also help lengthen the life of your water heater and enhance its heating efficiency.

• Check your indoor faucets and plumbing fixtures. Be sure to repair any leaks or replace any items before the colder weather hits.

Maintenance Now, Savings Later

Simple plumbing maintenance done in the fall can save you from major headaches occurring during the winter. A simple mistake such as forgetting to disconnect a hose before freezing weather hits can lead to frozen, cracked, or burst pipes which can be costly for your plumbing system. Be proactive and prepare! If you have any questions about these fall plumbing tips, or how to prepare your home for the fall/winter or need repair or replacements done, call us! We’re happy to help!