This is the time of year when one seasons changes to another and with that comes a dramatic change in the weather patterns.
We are officially moving out of the summer weather and into the winter weather. The fall season is our middleman that helps us to transition from one to the other.
That means this is the perfect time of year to wrap up any home activities that you had going during the summer and get things ready for the winter.
This includes things like putting away the barbecue grill, getting the sleeping bags off of the clothesline and stored, and putting away all of the pool toys and beach towels.
This is also the perfect time of year to make sure that your plumbing system is ready for the cold weather.
Your plumbing system is probably the most vulnerable to winter weather of all of the systems of your home. In fact, since most of your plumbing system is buried in the ground outside, it is vulnerable to the ground temperature as well.
Thankfully, there are some things that you can do to get your plumbing system ready for the winter.
Here are just a few suggestions for making sure that your plumbing system is ready for the cold weather:
- Make sure to disconnect your outdoor hoses, sprinklers and drip systems. This is a good time to be thinking about switching your automatic sprinkler system to the winter setting too. Outdoor plumbing is just as important as indoor plumbing and keeps the system working well. If something goes wrong with outdoor plumbing – your indoor plumbing will malfunction also
- Make sure that your water heater is ready for cold weather. Have it professionally inspected to check for any leaks or problems with the thermostat. Also, if your water heater hasn’t been drained and the sediment cleared, this might be a good time to have that done as well
- Don’t forget to have your septic system professionally serviced before the cold weather arrives. If your tank hasn’t been pumped in more than three years, make sure to get that scheduled right away. Your septic tank must be pumped at least once every three years to avoid any kind of malfunction or leaking.
Get your plumbing system ready for the winter by doing these few maintenance checks in the fall! The best way to avoid a disaster is to be proactive and these tips will definitely help!