It may not seem like it yet, but fall is almost here. Soon, the temperatures will drop, the leaves will begin changing colors, and school will start. While nothing quite as impressive as fall time, colder weather and falling leaves can introduce some unique issues that may become problematic to your plumbing system.
With fall on its way here in Lake Norman, North Carolina, it is the perfect time to begin thinking about preparing your plumbing for winter, as well as any seasonal maintenance that may need to take place this fall. There is no better time than now to get these fall plumbing maintenance tasks taken care of than now.
As temperatures drop, preparing your plumbing for the upcoming winter season is vital to ensure that they are protected from the elements. By starting in the fall, you can be sure that everything is done before it is too late. Here are a few tips to get your plumbing ready:
Chances are, your pipes will go through uninsulated or unheated spaces. During the summer, this doesn't matter, as hot weather will not cause water to freeze. However, during the winter, there is the potential for temperatures to drop well below freezing, causing your pipes to freeze. Frozen pipes can lead to much more serious issues, such as busted pipes.
To avoid expensive plumbing bills, let alone the cost to repair any damage done to your home, insulating your pipes is a must. To do so, you can use a variety of different methods, including:
Each of these methods is useful in keeping your pipes insulated and warm, protecting them from the elements.
If your home has an outdoor faucet, this is imperative to protecting your plumbing system. Before the first freeze of the year, make sure to disconnect, drain, and store garden hoses. These things can be expensive and will ruin in the case that they go through a few freeze/thaw cycles.
Additionally, make sure that your outdoor faucets are closed and drained to prevent freezing and potential damage. If you have a shut-off valve for just your outdoor faucets, go ahead and turn that off to ensure that no water will enter your outdoor pipes.
If there is any question or concern about your ability to maintain and protect your plumbing systems this fall, it may be time to contact Action Service Company. We can help you come up with and execute a maintenance plan for your plumbing this fall.
With just a little preparation and the right professionals for the job, you can be sure that your pipes will be protected and in good working order all fall and winter long.