Mid-August feels a little early to be planning for autumn. It’s still close to 100 degrees, the days are still long, and fall feels very far away. The truth is that it will be here before we know it, and if you’re the type who likes to prep the home for the change in season, this post is for you. In September, October and November, temperatures can fluctuate rapidly, stressing your plumbing. These three ways to prep residential plumbing in autumn will help keep your pipes protected.
Clean the Gutters and Downspouts
Gutters and downspouts prevent water from collecting on the roof or the foundation, and they can’t do their job if they’re clogged with leaves, pinecones and needles. Clean them out regularly. You’ll be surprised at what manages to collect even before trees start shedding their leaves.
Schedule Hot Water Heater Service
This step is really to ensure your hot water heater is ready for winter, but plumbing companies like River City Plumbing here in Reno tend to get busy in the fall. Getting on the schedule sooner rather than later for preventative maintenance is a good idea. And this kind of maintenance service is almost always less expensive than just hoping you don’t run into a big problem.
Be Ready to Turn Off Irrigation
Temperatures that dip below zero can freeze standing water in your pipes. As soon as the forecast predicts a freeze, shut off the irrigation and make sure to uncouple your hoses as well. If you’d like assistance turning off your irrigation for the fall, give us a call. And if you have any uncovered pipes, take the opportunity to have them wrapped in foam rubber insulation. It’ll help your pipes deliver warm water all winter long, and it increases their lifespan too.
It is early in the year to be diving into fall chores, but this is a good reminder to put a note on your calendar. Contact River City Plumbing now, and let’s schedule a time for your preventative maintenance.