While summer is still here in Maryland, the season will quickly transition into fall. Decorating our homes for the seasonal changes is always fun, but there are other things you must check on as summer ends. Here’s a simple checklist for preparing your plumbing for fall.
Water Heater Maintenance
Servicing your water heater once the weather becomes cooler is a way of preparing your plumbing for fall. As the weather gets colder, water heaters must work extra hard to maintain the water in your home hot. Unfortunately, a water heater that is left unserviced may result in cold showers during the fall and winter. So, scheduling a tune-up before something goes wrong will save you money in the long run because any problems will be detected before an emergency occurs.
This summer, most of us have spent more time outside than we typically would when the weather is slightly colder. This means we may not have been observing the interiors of our homes too much. Also, ensure to inspect any leaks that may have been ignored for the past several months.
Even the tiniest leaks can considerably increase your water bill and eventually result in a flood. In addition, the colder months bring higher heating costs, so no one wants the additional water bill expense on top of that.
Unhook Outdoor Hoses
It’s essential to unhook your exterior hoses before the weather gets cold. Any remaining water in the hoses from the summer may freeze once the weather becomes cold. As a result, this can trigger serious damage to your pipes. Once summer in Maryland ends, unhook your hoses and drain them of any leftover water.
Installing pipe insulation before wintertime begins is crucial in preparing your plumbing for fall. Additionally, pipe insulation keeps your pipes warm and prevents them from freezing. Unfortunately, frozen pipes can cause severe damage to your home and cost you a lot of money overnight.
Inspect Your Sump Pump
Lastly, homeowners can often overlook their sump pump, especially if they’ve never had problems with it. Before the cold weather kicks in, inspect your sump pump to ensure it’s functioning correctly. A properly insulated and clean sump pump will prevent any flooding in the new seasons.
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