How to Prepare Your Plumbing for Fall

How to Prepare Your Plumbing for Fall

Autumn is here, which means it’s time to put the pool toys away and prepare for pumpkins, cool weather, and the holidays. Fall should be a season full of fun, not worrying about our plumbing. Taking a few moments to perform the following checks will help to avoid any plumbing nightmares this fall:

Insulate Your Pipes

Just like you take the time to bundle your family up for the cold, you should do the same for your pipes. A frozen pipe can happen overnight and cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home. Installing pipe insulation is the best way to keep your pipes warm and avoid a plumbing emergency.

Inspect Your Water Heater

There’s nothing better in the fall and winter than coming home after a long day and taking a nice, hot relaxing bath. To enjoy such simple pleasures, your water heater will need to be fully operational.

Your water heater may need some extra TLC in the winter to allow it to produce the proper amount of hot water your home needs. Before the weather gets too cold, inspect your water heater for signs of wear and tear or deterioration. Rust, puddles of water, and scale are all signs that your water heater needs to be inspected professionally.

To prevent your unit from exploding, be sure to pay close attention to your unit’s pressure relief valve. Additionally, your unit should be flushed once annually to remove any unwanted sediment that could have piled up, so if you haven’t made an appointment yet, you may want to now!

Turn Off Outdoor Plumbing

Wrap up those hoses and shut off your sprinklers! Outdoor plumbing can be extremely helpful during the summer months, but it has little-to-no use during the fall and winter. If a hose is left hooked up to an outdoor faucet, water can freeze in the pipe and cause a lot of damage. You may want to check for leaking hose bibs to prepare yourself for next season and prevent wasting any water.

If you have pipes outside your home, make sure to cover them with heat tape to help them work more effectively and prevent your pipes from freezing.

Fix Any Leaks

During the summer months, we just want to spend as much time outside playing and enjoying the warm weather. But when it’s time to head back inside for the season, you may notice a few leaks or drips that you’ve been putting off.

Did you know the average family can waste 180 gallons per week, or 9,400 gallons of water annually, from household leaks? Colder weather is usually associated with higher heating costs, and no one wants to add a higher water bill to that mix as well. Prevent spending more money on water this season by checking your toilet, pipes, sinks, and showers for any leaks.

Left unchecked, a leak in your home can quickly turn into a flood. Leaky toilets can rot your bathroom floor, causing the ceiling to collapse on the level below. Additionally, a leaking faucet causes mold buildup beneath the sink, which can be hazardous to your health.

A professional plumber can catch and address minor leaks before they lead to major problems with proper maintenance.

Don’t Forget Your Sump Pump

If you’ve never had a problem with it, you may be wondering what your sump pump even is and where it’s located. A sump pump eliminates water that has pooled, and it’s what prevents your basement from flooding during heavy rainfall. Check your sump pump and the pit where it’s located to make sure it’s operating correctly. This will help avoid any flooding brought on in the fall or winter.

You can ensure that your sump pump is clear and free of debris by inspecting its discharge line. If you’re noticing a problem with the line, be sure to call a plumber as soon as you can to repair or replace it.

Check Your Fixtures

While you are checking your home for any possible plumbing problems, it’s best to give your fixtures a once-over. Plumbing fixtures, such as faucets and drains, can become clogged, causing water to back up. Check that the traps in your sink are not corroded or deteriorated, your washing machine hoses are working properly, and your toilet is running properly.

Note that if you believe your faucet needs repair, rarely does the entire fixture need replacing. Here are some signs that a full replacement may be necessary:

  • You discover obvious cracks in valve bodies.

  • Significant wear on older fixtures has led to repeated and unpreventable leaks.

  • You face regular problems with water flow and pressure.

  • The faucet pours out funky-smelling water—though this may be a deeper internal issue.

A repair may not be as cost-effective as replacing the faucet. Trust our team to offer honest advice when it comes to your Northern Virginia faucet repairs.

Make a Maintenance Appointment With My Plumber

When in doubt, call a professional plumber to check your home for any possible problems or repairs. Did you know that maintaining your system is arguably the most important thing you could do to preserve and make the most of your investment in your home?


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