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Fall plumbing tips from wheat & sons!

Posted on: September 28, 2012

Can you believe it’s already October? Time to break out the sweatshirts, enjoy some football and, most importantly, get your plumbing system ready for the colder temperatures ahead! While we got a little relief from the bitter cold last year, we’re not expecting to get so lucky this year – it’s best to start prepping your system now so you don’t get caught off guard by colder temperatures ahead!

  • Take care of your outdoor hose bibbs by disconnecting water hoses and shutting off the water to the outdoor faucets. Otherwise, water in the hoses can freeze and expand, bursting the faucets and connecting pipes. If you find any dripping or leaking faucets, have them repaired so they don’t freeze and crack your pipes.
  • Insulate your outdoor hose bibbs as well as any pipes in unheated areas such as garages or crawl spaces.
  • Seal up any leaks around doors and windows to reduce or eliminate cold air infiltration.
  • Take care of your water heater! Flush it out to remove sediment buildup which can corrode the tank as well as decrease your water heater’s lifespan and efficiency.
  • Carefully test your water heater pressure relief valve by lifting up on the lever and letting it snap back (careful – the water is extremely hot!). This should send a burst of hot water into the drainpipe. If it doesn’t, call James A. Wheat & Sons for pressure relief valve installation!
  • Make sure the temperature on your water heater’s thermostat is set to 120 F for the best balance of performance and efficiency.
  • Clean out any leaves or other debris from outside gutters and downspouts. This will ensure easy drainage and prevent the formation of ice dams throughout the winter.
  • Inspect and clean out your sump pit thoroughly. Sump pumps can freeze if exposed to cold weather, which would prevent the pump from operating properly.

For more fall plumbing tips, or to schedule a plumbing system inspection, call James A. Wheat & Sons today!