It is important to guarantee that your home is prepared to handle the harshest weather, even before the cool autumn air comes around and Old Man Winter is knocking on your door. If you would like to get an idea as to how you can get your plumbing system ready for fall, consider doing the following:
Disconnecting your outdoor hoses.
If you leave any hoses hooked up to your home, there is a chance that you might damage your pipes. This is especially true if water is still in the hoses when the outside temperature is near or below freezing. Leftover water will not only freeze your hose, but it may freeze your pipes!
Turning off as many outdoor faucets as you can.
The majority of people do not use any outdoor faucets during the winter, so it makes sense to turn them off. Furthermore, if you discover that any outdoor faucets are leaking or dripping, it is important that you get them fixed by a plumber right away, so they do not freeze!
Aside from your plumbing system, another thing that you should be checking on before fall arrives is your heating unit and system. Having a professional drain and rinse your water heater to get rid of any buildup will reduce wear and tear.
Cleaning your downspouts and gutters.
With all of those leaves falling in autumn, it is important that your downspouts and gutters are entirely free of debris as much as possible. If they are clogged with debris, water may become trapped and thus cause your downspouts and gutters to freeze!
It is imperative that you check your home’s plumbing system or have a professional come out to ensure that it is in proper working order. In fact, if you take the time to do everything necessary to “winterize” your plumbing system on your own, or with the help of a professional, you will be facing fewer emergency repairs!