Fall is here, which means it’s time to prepare your home’s plumbing to withstand the ravages of winter.
We’ve assembled a few plumbing maintenance tips to get you through those frigid months without a plumbing catastrophe.
- Keep your exterior water pipes intact by turning off your valves that run to outside faucets, advises DIY Network. After you turn off the valves, make sure you run the water until your pipes are empty. Even if there’s no water running through them, water left behind could cause them to burst. Make sure the hose is disconnected and use frost-proof covers on the exterior handle if you don’t have frost-free spigots.
- To protect pipes running along an outside wall, wrap them with heat tape to prevent freezing. Pips can also be wrapped in east-to-apply foam tubing.
- Label your main shut-off valve in case of a frozen pipe to help minimize damage.
- Wrap pipes in foam tubing that comes with a slit down the side for easy application, says Angie’s List.
- Look for any leaks around the house, including all faucets, adds Angie’s List. If you find any, contact a trusted plumber to make repairs.
- Drain your water heater to remove rust and sediment that can damage it, and at the very least enter your water system. If it’s rusted or worn out, consider replacing it.
- Clean gutters to prevent ice dams from forming.
- Inspect your sump pump and make sure your discharge line is properly sized and clear to avoid damage.
- Make sure your heating equipment is checked by a licensed HVAC contractor.