One of the most important areas to focus on is your home’s plumbing. It is one of the most important systems in our homes, if not THE most important. Without proper plumbing operation, we are without most of the modern-day privileges we have become accustomed to. For this reason, plumbing is intricate and complex, as well as, expensive to repair or replace.
With proper routine maintenance, you can save yourself thousands of dollars in plumbing repairs and part replacements by avoiding breakdowns and malfunctions. Continue reading to learn some tasks you should complete for your plumbing now that the fall season is here, and winter is right around the corner.
Fall Season Plumbing Maintenance
When it comes to maintenance and your plumbing, you need to consider the outdoor plumbing, indoor plumbing, and plumbing appliances like water heaters and water softeners. This includes toilets, hoses, sinks, sump pumps, sewer systems, and more. Here are some tips for indoor, outdoor, and water heater plumbing maintenance for fall and winter.
• Insulate pipes that are susceptible to freezing.
• Learn where the main water shut-off valve is located and how to use it for emergencies.
• Have your water heater serviced by a professional.
• Set water heater temperature to 120 degrees to maximize safety and efficiency.
• Test the T&PR valve on the water heater by lifting lever and letting it snap back. You should be a burst of hot water into the drain pipe. If not, you need to replace it.
• Inspect that sump pump is functional
• Flush kitchen and bathroom drain lines with
bleach one time every year.
• Seal air leaks in doors and windows.
• Cover all exposed faucets using a Styrofoam insulation kit.
• Be sure outdoor faucets are not dripping.
• Disconnect all garden hoses.
• Insulate pips in garages, attics, and crawl spaces.
• Inspect and clean the sump pump and pit.
• Have your sewer lines inspected by a professional.
• Unclog and clear all gutters and downspouts.
• If your home has an indoor shut-off for an outdoor faucet, close it and drain all water from the outside lines.