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Fall Plumbing Tips by Blair at Superior Plumbing

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After such a great hot summer it’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner. The leaves are starting to change and the cool mornings are a tell tale sign. As Fall approaches it’s a good reminder to follow these Fall Plumbing Tips to ensure your home is protected and properly maintained.

 

Blow out Sprinkler Lines – Before freezing occurs, give your yard a good watering and blow out the lines in the sprinkler system. This will help avoid your lines and sprinkler heads from freezing. You can do this yourself with a compressor.

 

Remove and drain garden hoses – Remove hoses and blow them out or drain them using gravity and store them in a shed or garage, preferably in a place where they won’t freeze as you risk cracking the hose.

 

Check Outdoor Faucets Matter – Make sure they aren’t dripping or leaking; if they are and aren’t fixed, this could lead to some nasty accidents in the future, especially when the temperature goes below the freezing point. Frost freeze taps are not a guarantee that they won’t freeze, it’s best to shut off the valve.

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Close and Drain Shut-Off Valves Leading Outside – If your house is furnished with interior shut-off valves leading to any outside faucets, be sure to close them and drain the water from the outside lines. If the water remains in the lines and freezes, it could cause a good amount of damage and could cost you a pretty penny to repair.

 

Insulate exposed pipes – Take a walk through your basement, and insulate the pipes you can see.  Especially the ones near the outside walls, as they are the most susceptible to freezing.  You can use heat tape to warm that pipe throughout the winter.

 

Service your hot water tank – Servicing your water heater and getting it tuned up for the months ahead is a very important part of prepping for winter.  Check the bottom of the pan to look for any standing water if there is water leaking it may be time for a new tank – Call Superior Plumbing. If you have hard water it may be beneficial to flush out the tank to remove any buildup. You can do this by draining several gallons of water from the valve near the bottom of the tank.

 

Learn where your main water valve is in your home – Ensure family members are aware of the location of the main water valve in your home. In case of a pipe break or leak you need to know where the water shut off valves is in order to prevent possible water damage. A 1/2″ blown pipe can shoot out upwards of 10 gallons of water per minute if you have high-pressure plumbing in your house.

 

Gutters and Downspouts – Cleaning your gutters and downspouts should be done at least twice (or more as required) a year to help prevent clogging and flooding.  This is particularly important in areas impacted by large trees and leaves.

 

Insulate Any Open Spaces Where Air Can Blow On Your Pipes – Fall is a good time to insulate any open spaces where air can leak through and blow on exposed pipes.  Check for drafts around common spaces like windows, doors, crawl space hatches and attic hatches. This will also help you keep the heat in and save money on your winter heating bill.

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