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Plumbing Prep for the Fall

Every season there are different home maintenance tasks that should be done to help ensure your home stays in tip top shape throughout the year.

Let’s look at some plumbing prep that should be done each fall before the temperature drops. After all, preventative maintenance is often the best way to ensure your plumbing’s longevity.

Plumbing Prep for the Fall

Turn the Water Outside Off

One of the big things that needs to be done each fall is that the outside water sources need to be shut off. By shutting off the water to your outdoor hoses you can prevent a burst pipe when the weather gets below freezing. Generally, there is a valve in the basement that turns the water on and off, and protecting your home during the winter is as simple and turning that valve off.

Check Your Sump Pump

It’s also smart to check your sump pump in the fall to make sure it is free of debris and running optimally. During the winter excessive amounts of snow can cause the sump pump to work hard keeping your home dry. You’ll want to head into winter knowing that the sump pump is in good shape.

Check the Hot Water Heater

Checking the hot water heater frequently is part of being a homeowner, and during the fall is no exception. You’ll want to look over the heater for signs of wear and rust to make sure it is not in need of replacement. In addition, look over the unit to make sure nothing looks out of place. Having your hot water heater inspected by a professional periodically is always a good idea, so fall may be a great time to do that along with your other seasonal home maintenance.

Look for Minor Leaks

Fall is also a great time to walk through the house and keep an eye out for minor leaks. Leaky faucet? Running toilet? Fall is a good a time to have those issues fixed since it’s one of the milder months of the year. Having your plumber come out and check on everything is a great way to prevent major problems down the line.

Give us a call at Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating today to speak with a local plumber in Eldersburg, MD about your plumbing needs this fall. We’d love to help you get ready for the winter with peace of mind that your house is in good shape. Call us today to get started!

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