This time of year is the time of year that you should be addressing some critical plumbing issues. The fall is a great time of year, the weather is cooling down and the holidays are right around the corner however the cooler temps may not mean great things for your plumbing unless you take some steps.
There are a few things that every property owner should be doing every year around this time to ensure that there are not any plumbing issues that they should be dealing with before the winter arrives.
Take a look at the list below to see what you may be missing.
1. The Water Heater
Most people never look at their water heater until there is an issue with it. The colder temperatures mean that there will be a higher demand for hot water. It is a good idea to check out your water heater to ensure that it is running properly heating correctly and that there are no leaks. Check the temperature setting and the valves.
2. Have Your Drain Inspected
Have a professional inspection done of your drains. Having your drains inspected and cleaned out can save you some huge headaches down the road. The last thing you want for the holidays is a clogged drain-especially if it is your sewer drain.
3. Check Your Pipes
Do a spot check on all of your pipes. Look for drips, wet spots and leaks. It is far better to check now and have the repairs done than it is to find that the pipe has burst in the middle of a holiday meal.
4. Replace Old Fixtures
Everyone has done it at one time or another, the faucet drips a little if you turn it this way or that way. In other words the issue is ignored. It will eventually get worse and will get to the point no matter which way you twist or turn it, the drip will not stop. Now is the time to replace the fixtures in your home that are having small issues before they become huge problems.
Taking a few small steps can help you to identify any issues that you may not even be aware of and to improve the quality of the plumbing in your home. It is always far better to address any problems early on and face them head on than it is to take the “wait and see” attitude.