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03.1 - fall plumbing checklist

Checklist for Fall Plumbing Maintenance

Finally fall has arrived, and the best way to ensure that your plumbing is operating as effectively as possible is to perform routine maintenance on the system. Early problem detection and resolution stops problems from worsening. The best time to take advantage of the temperate weather to fix any damages before the first frost sets in is during the fall, even though it can be one of the busiest seasons for homeowners getting ready for winter. Here are some suggestions for home upkeep that can keep your house in top shape all winter.

Clean the Drains and Gutters

Don’t sweep fallen leaves into the drains when cleaning up the yard. Keep the gutters and drains free of debris consistently. An obstruction brought on by moist, rotting leaves might result in a devastating burst pipe in the winter.

Maintenance of Water Heaters

This is an excellent place to start because your water heater will soon need to work harder to keep up with the lower temperatures. Although 120 degrees Fahrenheit is the average temperature maintained by most individuals, you can always change it as necessary. After you’ve measured the temperature, clean out any debris that might be lodged there and potentially cause your heater’s interior to corrode. On equipment that is under five years old, you can test your pressure valve as well. You would be better off calling a plumbing company for older units. Lift the lever and then release it to test a valve. This ought to quickly flush hot water down the drain.

Check Fittings for Damage or Leaks

Showers and toilets, for example, should be inspected for leaks or other damage. Even while there may be some evident signs of wear and tear on your fixtures, any sizable fractures, dents, or corrosion are clearly cause for concern. Any of these damages can be severe enough to prevent the fixture from working properly. Keep an eye out for any leaks as well, which can be determined by damp areas on the floor, wet walls, and damp ceilings.

Septic and Sewer System Upkeep

Checking your septic and wastewater systems in the fall is a smart idea. Verify the rootlessness and clarity of both lines. Winter is the ideal time for routine upkeep because roots won’t grow as much. Get your septic tank pumped while the ground is still warm if it is full. Due to the added labor costs, digging out a frozen yard could be more expensive. Get an estimate for a BJC Plumbing specialist to winterize your house, pool, or sprinkler system.