With the end of September finally here, it’s not too soon to think about fall weather. Fall weather in Chattanooga brings with it a lot of uncertainty, especially regarding the weather we’ll face. One day could be as warm as the summer, and the next could bring freezing temperatures. It’s important to make sure your house is ready for anything Mother Nature throws your way. Here are some tips to get your plumbing in shape before fall fully arrives.
Clean Out Clogs
The leaves will fall soon, an absolutely beautiful sight to behold. What’s not beautiful is the way those leaves will make their way into drainpipes, gutters, and anywhere else water needs to flow. Clogs in the pipes in your yard can lead to clogs inside your home.
Start early cleaning out the clogs so those leaves will have somewhere to go. When the time arrives, make sure you keep the leaves raked often so they won’t have time to gather and start causing problems.
Check for Leaks
Leaks in your water line should appear in your water bill, but sometimes they’re small enough to go unnoticed. Don’t wait until a small problem becomes a big one, especially with cold weather on the way. Those little leaks and cracks could become major headaches.
Take some time to seek out potential leaks and get them fixed now. The last thing you want is to discover those leaks on the first frost of the year, when your leak issue turns into a busted pipe issue.
Wrap the Pipes
We had a mild winter last year, but if you remember the winters a few years ago, you know that busted pipes can and do happen in Nashville. Take time while the weather is still warm to insulate your pipes. Cold nights could sneak up on you, especially if you’re expecting another mild winter.
Inspect Your Water Heater
Nothing sounds better on a chilly autumn night than a warm bath and a cup of tea, right? That’s why it’s important to make sure your water heater is in tip-top shape now, so you don’t have a nasty surprise the very night you want to enjoy a bit of warmth.
This is especially important if you have hard water in your area, as you may need to clean out sediment sooner than you anticipate. Regular maintenance will help you keep that water heater in the best shape possible.
Other odds and ends will help you prepare for fall, such as winding your outdoor water hose, covering outdoor pipes, and checking on the sump pump in your basement. Nothing is as valuable as a professional inspection, however. If you want to be sure your plumbing is in great shape, give us a call.