Here at Indy Renovation, fall is one of our favorite times of year. We love the changing leaves, the pumpkin carving, and the apple picking that comes along with this season. However, as refreshing and beautiful as fall is, it can quickly become a headache for a homeowner if you are not prepared. To make sure your home is ready for both falling leaves and falling temperatures, be sure to check on the following items.
1. Drains and Gutters
Those beautiful red and orange leaves quickly turn to harmful brown sludge when left in your drains and gutters. And, over time, that buildup can create a dam that prevents water from going down and away from your home. All of that debris can also affect your sewer lines, creating a swampy, stinky home that isn’t the best environment for your annual Thanksgiving gathering.
2. Water Heater
Water heaters and water heater pressure relief valves need to be inspected and cleaned annually at the very least. However, most homeowners wait until there is a problem before calling a professional. Do yourself a favor and stop a problem before it starts. You can check your water heater yourself with help from the manufacturer’s website, or call Indy Renovation to avoid a cold shower the morning of the first hard freeze this year.
Because we still have a little time before the temperatures drop below freezing, now is the time to check your pipes for any leaks or drips. If you wait until it gets really cold, you may find a leak the hard way—through a plumbing disaster caused by a burst pipe.
4. Outdoor Faucets
Outdoor faucets can create serious plumbing problems in colder temps if you don’t prepare them properly. Turn off the inside water supply line, and then open the hose connection to allow excess water to drain out. If your home doesn’t have frost-free hose connections, consider swapping them out before winter hits or insulating them.
Make sure your home is prepared for the falling temperatures this year with these tips from Indy Renovation. With 50-plus years in business, we understand all facets of plumbing, including water heaters and pipe repairs and replacements. Contact us today at (317) 375-4464 to receive a free estimate on plumbing services in Indianapolis.