Autumn Plumbing Tips

Seasonal Tips for Autumn

Chilly autumn temperatures serve as a polite reminder that when winter arrives it can be sudden, often leaving homeowners unprepared for the troubles associated with extreme cold.  A few simple preparations now will help prevent headaches and costly repairs throughout the winter months.
Autumn Plumbing Tips from First Call Plumbers, Edinburgh

  1. Disconnect outside water hoses.  If left connected, water in the hoses can freeze and expand causing taps and connecting pipes inside your home to freeze and break.
  2. Make sure outside taps aren’t dripping or leaking. Make the necessary repairs or call a plumber before freezing temperatures arrive. Be aware that when pipes freeze, water pressure builds causing cracks – no matter if the pipe is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a tiny crack can unleash more than 250 gallons of water in a single day.
  3. If your home is equipped with interior shut-off valves leading to outside taps, close them and drain water from lines.
  4. Cover outside taps using a tap insulation kit if necessary available at home centers.
  5. Insulate pipes in unheated areas, such as garages or crawl spaces. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around pipes that are exposed and prone to freezing.
  6. Seal leaks around doors and windows to reduce cold air penetration.
  7. Carefully test the water heater’s pressure relief valve (Danger: water is very hot) by lifting up on the lever and letting it snap back. The valve should allow a burst of hot water into the drainpipe. If not, call a professional to have a new valve installed.
  8. Check the temperature setting on your water heater’s thermostat. Set at 120°F for optimum performance.
  9. Clear leaves and debris from outside downspouts to ensure easy drainage when water freezes and thaws throughout the winter season.
  10. When leaving home for extended periods, shut off the main water valve and drain the system by opening taps at the highest and lowest points of the house. Make sure the heat is left on and set no lower than 55°F.

Caution! These tips are intended for homes that will be inhabited throughout the winter months. Many additional steps should be taken to ensure that vacation properties that will be left unattended for weeks or months at a time. Seek professional help to ensure such properties are properly maintained for a winter.

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