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Autumn is upon us, and it’s a good idea to take a look at your plumbing to make sure it’s ready for the changing weather. Good preparation can prevent costly damage, and also protect your home from leaks. Keep the following tips in mind.

Do you pipes need insulation?

As the weather gets colder, pipes that freeze overnight can burst, and you don’t want that costly and inconvenient damage. You can do DIY tricks to keep your pipes from freezing, like leaving your pipes dripping overnight, but installing pipe insulation is the most effective and long-term method. You can do it yourself with self-adhesive pipe insulation cut to the size you need, or you can hire a professional. The benefit of a pro is that they can help you reach pipes in your home that you may not readily see, such as pipes throughout your home or outside. On very cold nights, feel free to still keep the water dripping, and the heat above 55 degrees.

Disconnect Your Hoses

It’s not likely that you’ll be watering your garden during the cold seasons, so be sure to disconnect your garden hoses and drain the water inside them. Place the hoses in a sheltered area, and enlist a plumber to fix any leaking faucets, to prevent the formation of icicles later in the season.

Inspect Your Water Heater

Depending on where you live, your water heater may get quite a workout this season. Before the cold weather is underway, inspect your hot water heater for signs of weakness, like rust, puddles of water, scales, and other red flags; if you see them, you should address them immediately. Also check the temperature pressure relief valve, and drain the existing sediment in the bottom of the tank.

Service Your Sump Pump

Got a sump pump? Give it some TLC before winter comes; double-check that the discharge line is clear and free of debris, and if the sump pump has been having technical problems, contact a plumber.

These plumbing tips should have you in great shape for the coming colder months. If you need a hand with any of this, call your friends at Northside Plumbing for assistance! 770-272-2558 or [email protected].

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