Fall is just around the corner! While you may be preparing your home with autumn decor for the perfect aesthetic, it’s also an excellent time to give your plumbing a once-over. Inspecting your plumbing will help alleviate any problems that could become a headache to fix as the colder months creep in.
Here are some plumbing preparations you can get started today!
As the temperature drops, hoses that are connected to your outside faucets can freeze and expand. Expanded pipes could leave the connecting pipes vulnerable to damage or breakage from freezing.
Check Outdoor Faucets
Inspect outdoor faucets for drips and leaks. If you find that your outdoor faucet is leaking, a professional plumber can assess the problem. You’ll want to have this fixed promptly before temperatures dip. Frozen pipes can cause water pressure to build, thus creating cracks. Even the smallest crack can cause water damage and flooding.
Water Heater Maintenance
Now that summer is over, you’ll be using your water heater more as the autumn weather sets in. Fall is the perfect time to give your water heater a checkup. Here are some things to look for:
- Leaks – leaks are a good indication that you may need a new water heater.
- Noises – peculiar noises coming from your water tank could be the heating element burning sediment, or the heating element is not working correctly.
- Not enough or lack of hot water – if your water heater is not producing enough water this could mean the temperature dial needs to be adjusted.
If you find any of the above issues, contact a plumbing professional to assess there aren’t any underlying causes and have the problem fixed as soon as possible.
Sump Pump Inspection
Sump pumps should be maintained at least once per year. If you may have skipped a year or two, add it to your home maintenance list this fall. Here are some tips:
- Check GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupt) connection – sump pumps rely on GFCI electric, so ensure that it’s getting power.
- Look for tilting – sometimes the vibrations from the pump can cause it to shift. If it’s not situated upright, then the float ball cannot move freely.
- Check the switch – if your sump pump fails to turn on or off and you have confirmed it’s getting electricity, the switch may need to be replaced, or the inlet valve could be clogged.
If you are going to be away for the duration of the colder months of the year, you’ll want to winterize your home. Should you need help with getting your home plumbing ready for the fall and winter season ahead, contact AAA Service. Our professionally trained plumbers have the skills, knowledge, and tools to ensure the plumbing in your home is in tip-top shape.