Ready or not, the frigid winter weather will be here in a few weeks. Before things begin to freeze up, you must tackle the essential, to-do plumbing tasks. We are now in the fall, which means it is time to start preparing for the cold months ahead now before it’s too late. There are a few things for you to do. Read on for a shortlist of the most important plumbing maintenance tips for the fall to make your life a bit easier!
Store Hoses Somewhere Dry and Warm
Go all around your house and gather all of your outdoor hoses. Now is the best time to drain them and store them away. You will not need to water your plants for the next few months. Make sure to get all the water you can out of your hoses, then seal it end to end to ensure no critters crawl inside and make their way inside your home through your hose. Roll them up nice and neat and store them away from the brittle winter weather. Cold snaps could cause rubber hoses to become weak and brittle.
Prepare your Spigots
Shut off all the outside spigots and get the insulation out. If you have any attached to your house, you can install a hard faucet cover to protect them from any freezing weather. You would be surprised how huge of a difference a bit of insulation can make. If you’ve got any freestanding hydrants around your yard, adding a layer of foam insulation could help keep them from getting harmed in the freezing cold. Newer types will automatically drain after being shut off. However, if you have to run the faucet over the cold winter months, you might want to add a heating element to keep your pipes from freezing.
Add Pipe Insulation
Outside or inside, adding layers of foam insulation will help give you one more layer of protection. Nobody wants to deal with a busted plumbing pipe in the middle of the winter. For shorter stretches, you could get by just slipping the insulation over the exposed pipes. Consider wrapping it up with zip ties to keep it from falling off during inclement fall weather for a more permanent solution.
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