As temperatures continue to drop, homeowners must begin to prepare for the plumbing problems associated with cold weather. Take these steps to prepare for the winter months ahead and avoid unwanted plumbing problems!
Clear Gutter Clutter: Remove fall leaves and other debris from gutters and exterior downspouts. As temperatures rise and fall and water freezes and melts, having these pathways clear will help to ensure easy drainage throughout the winter and into spring.
Ensure Water Heater Readiness: Prepare your water heater for the winter months with these simple instructions from our last post and set the temperature to 120°F to ensure optimal performance.
Prepare The Outdoors: Check your exterior faucets for any dripping or leaking and repair accordingly. This simple preparation will help to ensure that pipes do not freeze and crack. In addition, all outdoor water hoses should be disconnected and the water drained from the lines. Keep in mind, if you have an underground sprinkler system this will also need to be turned off by a professional.
Sump Pump: Because sump pumps exposed to extreme cold can freeze and, as a result, stop operating, sump pumps should be checked and cleaned annually. Fall is the perfect time to check your sump pump and make any necessary repairs.
Vacation Variance: If you intend to leave your home for an extended period this winter or fall additional preparation may be necessary. For example, the main water valve should be shut off, all faucets should be drained, and your home thermostat should be set no lower than 55°F.
For more information on seasonal plumbing readiness contact Nowthen Plumbing!