School is back in session, football has taken over Sunday afternoons, and tree foliage is beginning to display hues of yellow, red and orange. Fall is here, and it’s time to make sure our homes are prepared for the colder days ahead. Unsure where to begin? Don’t worry, Schuler Services has put together your Fall Plumbing Checklist.
Disconnect Outdoor Water Hoses and Sprinkler Systems
You don’t leave your pool open year round in the Lehigh Valley, and likewise you don’t want to leave your outdoor water hoses and sprinkler system turned on. By leaving outside water hoses connected, the water inside can freeze and expand, causing bigger problems for the plumbing inside your home. Any pipes inside your home that are connected to the outdoor water hoses could also freeze and break, leading to costly repairs.
Insulate Pipes and Exposed Water Lines
As you prepare for colder weather to hit the Allentown area, you’ll want to think about where you have exposed or uninsulated pipes and water lines. This could include your yard, the garage area, crawl spaces, or any room in your home that’s uninsulated. To prevent your pipes and water lines from freezing, you’ll want to add insulation around these vulnerable plumbing areas.
Regardless of the material your plumbing is composed of, they all face the same risk of freezing, cracking, and bursting. Avoid damaging your home’s plumbing and prepare these spaces for the winter days ahead. In addition to adding insulation, you can also apply heat tape to prevent pipes from freezing.
Check Your Gutters for Debris
The fall foliage seen around Coopersburg is beautiful, but with the changing of the leaves comes the falling of the leaves. Just as you rake the leaves in your yard, you also need to check your gutters and downspouts for any leaves or other debris that may clog them and prevent drainage.
Take Care of Your Sump Pump
Sump pumps are important for keeping water out of your home as they send water from the basement to the sump pit outside of the home. This system ensures that your basement stays dry, even after heavy storms. If your Nazareth home has a sump pump, you should already be getting it checked and cleaned annually.
Fall is a great time to have your sump pump inspected. Sump pumps can freeze and stop working properly after enduring bitter cold temperatures, so it’s important to find and fix any issues with your sump pump before winter arrives.
Inspect Your Plumbing
Did you know your home’s plumbing should be inspected routinely? By following through with plumbing inspections, you can be made aware of problems before they worsen and become expensive repairs. Scheduling your plumbing inspection in the fall is a great way to identify leaking pipes before they turn into frozen pipes. Your routine inspection can also identify any clogs you may have as well as other potential issues.
Are you ready to inspect your home this fall? Contact Schuler Service today! We can ensure your home is free of any leaks and make sure your sump pump is in working order as we head into another winter season in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.