03.4 - fall plumbing checklist

Quick Fall Plumbing Maintenance Checklist

Now that autumn has arrived, it is important to undertake some preventative maintenance on your plumbing to make sure it is in good working order throughout the winter. When issues are identified and fixed before they worsen, that is exactly what happens. It may be one of the busiest times of year for homeowners to get their houses ready for winter, but if there is any damage that needs fixing, it is best done in the fall when the temperatures are more agreeable. If you take some simple measures, your home can remain in pristine shape throughout the winter.

Get the Pipes and Drains Cleaned

When doing yard work, don’t dispose of the leaves by flushing the toilet. Maintain a regular cleaning schedule for the drains and gutters. Even in the dead of winter, a pipe might burst due to an obstruction caused by damp, decaying leaves.

Repair Water Heating Equipment

Your water heater will soon have to work harder to keep up with the lower temperatures, so this is a great place to begin. Home temperatures are typically set at 120 degrees Fahrenheit, but can be adjusted as needed. Once you get your reading, clear the heater of anything that could cause rust. Machines younger than five years can also have their pressure valves checked. If the building is quite ancient, it may be wise to have a plumber have a look at the plumbing. Raise the valve using the lever, then lower it for a double check. This should result in a swift release of steaming water from the tap.

Seek Out Damage and Leaks

It’s important to check plumbing fixtures like bathtubs and toilets for leaks and other signs of wear and tear. While normal wear and tear is to be expected for your fixtures, you should be very concerned if you notice any major damage such as cracks, dents, or rust. The light fixture may be rendered inoperable if all of these problems persist. Water stains on the ceiling, walls, or flooring may also indicate a leaky spot.

Perform Sewer and Septic System Inspections

Fall is a good time to inspect your septic tank and wastewater system. Make sure that both lines are clean and without a starting point. Root growth is slower in the winter, making it a good time to perform routine maintenance. If your septic tank is full, you should empty it while the soil is still warm. The cost of thawing a frozen yard may rise as a result of the increased labor involved. Get an estimate for the cost of winterizing your home, pool, and/or irrigation system from the experts at CBJ Plumbing.