19 Sep 5 Important Fall Plumbing Maintenance Steps
In Raleigh, we are lucky enough to experience all four seasons; however, changing temperatures and extreme weather are challenging for your home’s plumbing systems. Proper maintenance is the key to avoiding costly, catastrophic pluming failures during winter. With this article, we want to equip you with five steps for fall pluming maintenance.
Perform Water Heater Maintenance
Winter is especially difficult for your water heater. It is important to perform maintenance on your water heater before temperatures begin regularly dipping below freezing. To help you work through the process, we have prepared a Water Heater Maintenance Guide for homeowners. Water Heater maintenance steps include:
- Flush the Water Heater’s System
- Test the Pressure Release Valve
- Check the Temperature Setting
- Check the Sacrificial Anode Rod
- Insulate Your Water Heater
- Proper Clearance Around Unit
Danger is present whenever you are working with high water temperatures, high water pressures, and electricity. If you are not comfortable with executing these maintenance steps, or if it has been more than a year since they have been performed, we recommend contacting a licensed professional plumbing technician.
Examine Plumbing Systems for Leaks
Leaky pipes and dripping faucets can cost homeowners upwards of $200 per year on their water bills. Besides wasting water, undetected leaks lead to costly water damage and the development of mold. Common locations for leaks include:
- Dripping sink and shower faucets
- Underneath bathroom and kitchen sinks
- Underneath and behind refrigerators and other appliances (washing machine, dishwasher, etc.)
- Pipes in your basement or crawlspace
- Connections around your water heater
Leaky pipes and dripping faucets should be corrected immediately. The majority of homeowner’s insurance claims are connected to non-weather related water damage. If your plumbing systems are leaking water, contact a professional plumber as soon as possible.
Check and Repair Toilets
In addition to steadily reducing its lifespan, a toilet allowed to run continuously will cost homeowners as much as $1,000 per year in water usage. “Jiggling the handle” is not the solution for your broken or leaking toilet. If your toilet is running, leaking, or cracked, having it repaired or replaced is of the utmost importance.
Snake Clogged Drains
Clogged sinks and tubs are more significant plumbing issues than many homeowners realize. When clogs are not corrected immediately, they lead to rapidly deteriorating pipes, leaks, and can eventually cause catastrophic failures of your plumbing system. While the weather is pleasant, it is important to corrected drainage issues inside your home.
Inspect Your Outdoor Systems
Left unchecked, outside plumbing and water issues can invade your home. Before winter, take time to perform these outdoor maintenance steps:
- Store your hoses and sprinklers. If left outdoors, water in hoses and sprinklers will freeze and cause damage and leakage.
- Regularly clean your gutters. Leaf-filled gutters do not properly channel water away from your home, leading to mold development, roof and fascia damage, and gutter failure.
- Check and correct drainage issues on your property. Rains associated with Hurricane Matthew likely revealed drainage trouble spots in your yard.
- Correct sewage and well-water issues.
This is not an exhaustive list. If your plumbing systems have not been inspected by a professional recently, consider contacting a professional, licensed plumber to assess your home. Plumbing maintenance plans provide the peace of mind that you will have water when you need it.