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Fall Plumbing Checklist – Everything You Need to Know

It is essential to undertake some preventative maintenance on your plumbing now that autumn has arrived to ensure that it is in good operating condition throughout the winter. That’s the result of addressing issues before they become catastrophic. Repairs should be done in the fall when the weather is more agreeable, even though this is likely to be one of the busiest times of the year for homeowners as they get their homes ready for the winter. If you take some simple measures, you can keep your house looking spotless all winter long.

Purge the Water Lines and Drains

After you’ve finished with your yardwork, don’t dispose of the leaves by flushing the toilet. Regularly clearing out the drains and gutters is a must. Even in the middle of winter, a clog in the pipe caused by damp, decaying leaves could lead to a pipe burst.

Maintenance of Hot Water Heating 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. Home temperatures are typically set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, but can be adjusted as needed. After taking a temperature reading, remove anything rusty from the heater. Valves for pressure on equipment younger than five years can also be checked. Having a plumber check the plumbing is a smart idea if the building is very old. Raise the valve using the lever and then lower it to verify your work. Doing so should soon release hot water from the tap.

Check for Damage and Leaks

It is important to inspect plumbing fixtures like bathtubs and toilets for leaks and other signs of wear and tear. Some wear and tear on your fixtures is to be expected, but serious problems like cracks, dents, or rust are cause for alarm. If any of these problems persist, the lamp may eventually stop working. Leaks might also be indicated by water stains on the ceiling, walls, or flooring.

Check the Sewer and Septic Systems

Inspecting your septic tank and wastewater system in the fall is highly recommended. Check to see that both lines are continuous. Root development is slower in the winter, making this a great time for routine maintenance. If your septic tank is full, you should drain it while the ground is still warm. Costs associated with defrosting a frozen yard may rise if extra man hours are needed. Get a free quote for the cost of winterizing your home, pool, and/or irrigation system from the experts at West New York Plumbing.