Fall is here, and with the change in seasons comes changes in your home maintenance needs.
You may have already fired up your heating system and started using your air conditioner less, but have
you considered your plumbing? At FLATGARD PLUMBING our goal is to help customers enjoy a
comfortable home and a functioning plumbing system no matter what time of year it is. Keep reading
for the top five plumbing tips for fall and remember to call our skilled plumbers for all your essential
‼️The Top 5 Steps to Help You Maintain Your Plumbing This Fall:
- Take Care of Outdoor Hoses & Faucets: Leaving water inside your hoses can cause them to become
damaged over the fall and winter seasons, especially as temperatures drop into the December-February
lows. To prevent your hoses from becoming damaged, you should disconnect them, make sure they are
drained thoroughly, and store them in a safe place while it is still fall. Once all your exterior hoses are
removed, you can then move on to your outdoor faucets/hose bibs. Check to see if your exterior
faucets are leaking or dripping at all. Remember, leaks are not only a great way to waste water and
money, but they can also cause damage in your faucets when the winter weather rolls in. Call a plumber
if your faucets need service or purchase new faucets from your local hardware store if your current ones
need to be replaced. If your outdoor faucets are in good shape, cover them up and make sure they are
properly insulated for the next few months.
- Find Your Interior Shut-Off Valve: Your home likely contains an interior shut-off valve, which controls
the outside plumbing and faucets mentioned above. This valve is the final key in ensuring there is no
water left in your exterior plumbing that could cause problems over the fall and winter. Shut off your
interior valve and open your outdoor faucet valve to make sure there is no water left in your lines. As an
additional point of interest, it is always a good idea to know where your shut-off valve is, in case, you’re
plumbing suddenly springs a leak and you need to stop the flow of water to prevent flooding.
- Insulate Your Pipes: We already talked about insulating your faucets above, but it is often just as
important to make sure your pipes are properly insulated during the fall, too. You should look out for
pipes in non-heated areas, such as your garage or crawlspace. These pipes are particularly vulnerable to
winter temperatures, and if it gets cold enough, the water in them can even freeze, causing pipe-
bursting and a ton of other damage to your equipment. By properly insulating your pipes, you will be
able to keep water flowing smoothly throughout your house regardless of what the temperature looks
- Seal Up Cracks & Holes Throughout Your Home: There are always going to be small spaces in the
areas where pipes enter your home. Over time, these spaces may become bigger, developing into
cracks and holes that can let in cold air. In addition to affecting the performance of your pipes and your
larger plumbing system, too many gaps throughout your home will also force your HVAC system to work
harder to compensate for air loss, meaning you end up paying more in heating and cooling bills for less
comfort. To prevent this from happening, we suggest sealing up cracks and holes throughout your
house, either through weather stripping, caulking, or by using insulation to lock in temperatures.
- Drain Your Water Heater Tank: Your water heater will always have to work harder during winter to
provide you with the comfortable water temperature you expect and need. To save money, help your
heater run more efficiently, and avoid putting unnecessary strain on your unit, make sure to flush out
your water heater tank once you enter the fall season, thoroughly draining any sediment build-up that
can interfere with the heat transfer process.
For more information on water heaters or other tips for fall plumbing maintenance, call FLATGARD
PLUMBING at 270-684-0030.