As the summer becomes a memory, the air begins to feel crisp and filled with the scent of pumpkin spice. Although we enjoy the change in weather, the hayrides, pumpkin patches and the changing of the leaves we need to get proactive about the cold, frigid temps coming for us ahead in the winter months. With our fall plumbing tips you easily be able to be prepare yourself for winter far before it gets cold and be proactive in helping protect your home from frozen and bursting pipes.
* Remove hoses from outdoor faucets before the first freeze. If your hose is left connected the water that is collected in the hose could freeze and expand and could cause your faucet and connected pipes to burst when it gets cold causing major issues.
* If you have shut off valves to outdoor water faucets make sure you shut them off.
* Make sure outside faucets are not dripping or leaking. If you see any leaks or drips make sure to have them repaired prior to freezing temperatures. When water freezes it expands, even a tiny crack can cause serious water and flood damage.
* Inspect the perimeter of your house for any gaps or spaces where weather elements may enter. When you are in your basement look where the pipes enter your home. Do you see sunlight? If you see sunlight we suggest sealing the gaps with a silicone caulk.
* Insulate any exposed pipe. Walk around in your basement and the exterior of your home. Do you see any exposed pipes? Pipes outside as well as pipes inside that could be exposed to cold weather near an outside wall or window should be insulated. Have you had issues with frozen pipes in the past? Make sure these pipes are wrapped with insulation. To further help protect those pipes that are easily frozen you can add heat tape under the insulation. The heat tape will help provide a constant flow of temperature in water systems
* Keep your gutters clear of leaves and debris. Gutters that remain clogged can overflow and may cause foundation issues later down the road.
* Check your sump pump. Make sure it is functioning properly and the sump pump pit is free of debris.
Just by performing these few steps it can help prevent a huge disaster in the winter months. If you find yourself having any issues, like a leak or your drip in your faucet, and you want to get it fixed before winter hits. Give us a call and get on our schedule 740-548-5453. Have a Fantastic Fall!