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Five-step plumbing checklist for fall

While everyone is talking about pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweaters, here’s a reminder that the plumbing in your home may need some attention this season. Now is the time to prepare your plumbing system for the cold weather ahead. Here’s our top five checklist:

Inspect and Insulate Your Pipes

Before the temperature plummets, take some time to inspect your pipes for any signs of damage or wear. Look for leaks or cracks in exposed pipes and ensure that all connections are secure. If you spot any issues, it's best to address them promptly to prevent further damage.

In addition to inspection, proper insulation is key in safeguarding your plumbing system from freezing temperatures. Insulating pipes in unheated areas such as basements, crawl spaces, or attics can help prevent costly repairs down the road. Consider using foam insulation sleeves or wrapping pipes with heat tape to provide an extra layer of protection.

Clear Gutters and Downspouts

While you're up on that ladder removing leaves from your gutters and downspouts might not seem directly related to plumbing maintenance; it plays a vital role in keeping your drainage system functioning properly. Clogged gutters can lead to water backups and overflow, potentially causing water damage near your home's foundation. By ensuring proper water flow away from your property through clear gutters and downspouts, you can prevent basement flooding and other related plumbing issues.

Service Your Water Heater

Fall serves as an excellent reminder to give your water heater some TLC. If your water heater is older than seven years old, it may be time to determine if you need a new one (Shameless plug: We offer water heaters as low as $27 a month with financing). Sediment buildup can occur over time, reducing its efficiency and lifespan. To prevent this, consider draining a few gallons of water from the tank to flush out any accumulated sediment. This simple task can help improve your water heater's performance and energy efficiency. Give us a call if you have questions about flushing your water heater.

Protect Your Outdoor Plumbing

As the temperature drops, it's crucial to protect your outdoor plumbing fixtures such as garden hoses, irrigation systems, and outdoor faucets. Begin by disconnecting hoses from outdoor spigots and drain any remaining water before storing them for the winter. If you have an irrigation system, make sure to shut off the water supply and drain any excess water to prevent freezing and potential damage. Additionally, consider investing in insulated faucet covers to shield your outdoor faucets from freezing temperatures.

Check faucets for leaks

Did you know a faucet leak could waste a significant amount of water over time – and hit your wallet! Take time this fall to check the toilets, faucets, and pipes in your home for any leaks. Also, consider installing low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators. These devices reduce water consumption without sacrificing performance, allowing you to enjoy a refreshing shower or wash dishes while minimizing wastage.

These proactive steps early in the season will not only safeguard your plumbing system but alert you to any issues that may require a professional plumber.

Need a plumber? Contact Indy's plumbing heroes at L.D. Smith Plumbing. Request an appointment today.

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