Tips on Getting Your Plumbing System Ready For WinterOctober 17th, 2012
As a homeowner it is important to keep your eye on all the important systems in your home because they all work together in one way or another. Take the following steps into consideration to prepare your plumbing system for a smooth and efficient season.
Clear the Gutters:
It’s important that you make sure your gutters and downspouts are all clear so that water and melted snow drains appropriately. If not the water will just overflow and cause damage to your landscaping and to the gutter system itself. The weight of the water in the gutter will also cause it to pull away from the home and eventually fall off.
Repair any Outdoor Problems:
Check the faucets outside to make sure that they aren’t dripping or leaking to prevent your pipes from bursting and expensive damages. Make sure to disconnect the water hose, and have a professional turn off your underground sprinkler system.
Get the Water Heater Ready:
Make sure that your water heater is working to its maximum efficiency. Begin by checking the pressure valve to avoid any chance of too much pressure being trapped inside your water heater. Also flush your water heater tank to remove any debris or sediment that has been building.
Check the Thermostat:
If you have an automated thermostat, check your settings and temperature controls. If you are planning on an extended stay out of town over the fall or winter, make sure that your temperature stays at least at 55 degrees. This will keep your plumbing system at a safe level and can help you avoid unwanted problems.
Sump Pump Maintenance:
When the weather gets really cold, sump pumps can freeze and when this happens it can break down which may lead to flooding if there is a heavy rain season. A back-up sump pump is recommended juts in care your pump ever stops working. Annual cleaning and monitoring is is also necessary to avoid any unwanted problems.