Fall Plumbing Tips for Every Homeowner

September 17, 2019


When the leaves start to change to hues of red, orange, and yellow, that
only means one thing: autumn is here! And while you might be trying to
gather your plans for pumpkin picking and other autumnal events, there’s
also something else you should add to your to-do list: preventative plumbing
maintenance! So, before you decide to carve a pumpkin, here are some tips
to take into consideration:

Make Sure to Shut Off Your Hose Bibb

If you’ve washed your car in the driveway, tended to your garden,
or washed some mud off of a walkway, then you’re familiar with your
hose bibb! This essential piece to the home plumbing puzzle supplies water
to the great outdoors with the utmost ease. And although autumn temperatures
won’t plummet as if it’s wintertime, there’s still a
chance a “freak” colder-than-average day can come out of nowhere.

That being said, you'll want to take any garden hoses or attachments
off of the hose bibb. Next, inspect the bibb to see if there are any irregularities
with its appearance (i.e., a crack, possible leakage, etcetera). After
that, you’ll want to head inside and turn off the internal water
supply that leads to the bibb. Once complete, head back outside, turn
on the bibb and let any remaining water funnel out. Finally, when the
last drop of water hits the ground, turn the hose bibb off and then you’ll
be good to go!

Insulate Plumbing Pipes

An important autumn plumbing tip that some overlook? Making sure that the
pipes in and around your home are insulated for the colder weather to
come! Believe it or not, this is a straightforward task and shouldn’t
take more than an hour. To start, you’ll want to scout out plumbing
pipes that are located in “freeze zones” — areas where
they’ll be exposed to colder temperatures and might have the chance
of breaking.

From there, head to your local home improvement store and pick up a pipe
insulation kit or various pipe protectant materials (i.e., heat tape,
foam covers). Once you’ve acquired these materials, follow the instructions
that are on the package, and cover just about every square inch of your
plumbing pipes. This will help protect your pipes from freezing and will
give you peace of mind!

Schedule Water Heater Maintenance

When was the last time you scheduled a water heater maintenance appointment
with your plumber? If you can’t recall when that was, then it would
be wise to do so before the end of autumn! Not only will they examine
your water heater from head to toe (seeing if it needs repair), but they’ll
even be able to flush it out and suggest options for a potential upgrade
if they think your unit has seen better days!

If You Need Some Assistance, We’re Here to Help!

At Mitch Wright Plumbing, Heating & Air, we are here for all of your plumbing and heating/cooling
needs, which is why we offer 24/7 emergency services. For more information
on the services we provide, visit us on the web or give us a call at (901) 795-9044.



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