After the blistering-hot summer we’ve had, the thought of cool breezes and falling leaves is enough to put smiles on our faces. Those cooler temps should also prompt all of us to think about our plumbing systems. Your friends at Zurn Plumbing have a few helpful tips for avoiding headaches when the temperature starts dropping. And, of course, should you ever run into any issues, we’re just a click or phone call away.
Prep Your Water Heater – Your water heater can be affected by the colder water that flows in during the fall and winter. The cooler water temps cause contraction and can put strain especially on an older water heater. Visually inspect your water heater for rust or corrosion as this can be a sign of a leak or other issue. If the heater is approaching or beyond 10 years old, consider replacement before it breaks down and leaves you chilly on a cold morning! We are happy to come out and present replacement or upgrade options to fit your budget.
Insulate Pipes and Cover Outside Faucets – Pipes in unheated areas such as garages and crawl spaces should be properly protected with heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables. Also, once you’re through watering for the year, close your interior shut-off valves leading to outside faucets and drain out the water. You can also cover outside faucets with a styrofoam insulation kit, which you can find at most home improvement stores.
Shut Off Your Main Water Valve – Leaving home for the holidays? If you’re going to be away from home for an extended period, shut off the main water valve and drain the system by opening faucets at the highest and lowest points of the house.
Now, we all know those people who put up their holiday decorations way too early. We’re in the “wait until after Thanksgiving” crowd ourselves, but we don’t think it’s too soon to start preparing your plumbing for cold weather. Let us know if we can be of service. If you’d like to schedule an appointment right now, fill out our online contact form.