Fall Plumbing Tips: Preparing Your Home for the Changing Seasons

LeafWith Fall finally settling in, it’s time to start prepping your plumbing before the cold winter air really sets in.  And, it’s never too early to start prepping! So, it’s time to retire your garden hoses, and accept the fate that is the changing of the seasons.  To ensure that your home is ready, here are some fall plumbing tips:

  • Get Your Water Heater Checked – When it comes to maintaining your water heater, annual maintenance is absolutely crucial to extending its lifespan.  On average, most water heaters can last anywhere from eight to twelve years. But, water heater flushes can increase the system’s efficiency and even save you money on your utility bills this season.  That’s why it’s important to go ahead and schedule a service appointment to ensure that your water heater is working at its best to keep you warm all throughout the colder months.
  • Get Your Sewer System Checked – We’re now entering the time of year when sewer systems are most overworked (i.e. fall and winter).  It’s a good idea to go ahead and schedule a routine check, and have preventive maintenance completed.  Our team of experts can assist in this check.
  • Store Garden Hoses – If you want to ensure that your garden hose stays intact through the winter, you’ll need to remove, drain and properly store it until the seasons warm again.  Once you disconnect it, drain the water completely before placing it in a safe area in your home where it won’t be exposed to freezing temperatures. Remember, if any water is left inside, it can freeze, causing the hose to expand and break.  
  • Turn Off the Hose Bibb – One of the most important things you need to do to ready your plumbing for the change in season is turn off your hose bibb as well as the inside water supply line.  If the bibb showed any signs of leaking during the summer, look into investing in a frost-proof hose bibb before it gets too cold. If this isn’t properly shut off, water can freeze in your supply line, causing your pipes to burst.  If you’re not sure how to turn off the hose bibb, give our team a call, and we can help with any shut-offs, installations or repairs.
  • Get Your Sump Pump Inspected – You’ll want to check to make sure your sump pump is in top working order now before wet weather and snow start to move in.  Once the precipitation starts and then starts melting quickly, it may be too late, and your home (and your pocketbook) will pay.  

Our team, here at Tritan Plumbing, is standing by ready to help make sure that your plumbing system is prepared and in top working order to face the temperatures ahead.  We’re here to answer all of your questions, and we’re ready to take on any maintenance that your system may require, no matter how big or small the job may be. So, call today to schedule an appointment, and make sure that your home systems stay secure.   


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