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03.2 - fall plumbing checklist

Preventative Plumbing Checklist for the Fall

Now that fall is here, it’s time to make sure your plumbing is in tip-top shape by performing some preventative maintenance. The early diagnosis and correction of problems prevents their escalation. Even though fall might be one of the busiest seasons for homes getting ready for winter, it is the greatest time to take advantage of the moderate weather to repair any damages before the first frost sets in. Some simple preventative measures can ensure that your property remains in tip-top form throughout the colder months.

Purge the Pipes and Downspouts

When sprucing up the yard, don’t flush the leaves down the toilet. Maintain a regular cleaning schedule for the drains and gutters. In the dead of winter, a pipe may break due to an obstruction caused by wet, rotting leaves.

Repairs of Hot Water Systems

Your water heater will soon have to work harder to keep up with the lower temperatures, so this is a great place to begin. Most people keep their homes at around 120 degrees Fahrenheit, but this can be adjusted as needed. After taking the reading, remove any obstructions that could lead to corrosion on the inside of the heater. You can also check the pressure valve on equipment that is less than five years old. If the building is older, you should probably hire a plumber. To check a valve, raise it using the lever and then lower it. This should cause the hot water to swiftly drain out of the fixture.

Inspect Connections for Tears or Leaks

Checking for leaks and other damage in fixtures like showers and toilets is essential. While normal wear and tear is to be expected for your fixtures, major damage such as cracks, dents, or corrosion should raise serious red flags. All of these problems can make it such that the light fixture can no longer function. Also, look out for signs of leaks, such as water stains on the floor, walls, or ceilings.

The Upkeep of Sewer and Septic Systems

Fall is a good time to inspect your septic and wastewater systems. Check that both lines are clear and have no origin. Due to slower root growth in the winter, routine maintenance is best carried out then. If your septic tank is full, you should get it pumped out while the soil is still warm. The expense of digging out a frozen yard may increase due to the increased labor involved. Request a price quote from a BJC Plumbing expert to winterize your home, pool, and/or irrigation system.