Keep or Begin Your Plumbing Maintenance Routine This Fall

The pipes and fixtures in your home are valuable, and repairs can be very expensive. That’s why plumbing maintenance is so important, especially before the weather starts to cool down. Otherwise, you may have issues with frozen pipes if you live in a very cold climate. However, many homeowners simply don’t think about plumbing maintenance since pipes and fixtures that are working don’t usually take priority. However, making maintenance part of your fall home check-up can save you money and help you avoid headaches for another season.

  • Have your water heater flushed by a professional or learn how to do it yourself. Your water heater has to work harder in the winter months to provide you with all the hot water you need, so making sure it is sediment free inside and corrosion free around the valves will help prolong its life and improve overall function.
  • Shut off the main water valve if you’re going to be leaving home for more than a few days in the fall or winter. You’ll also want to put your water heater on vacation mode if it has that particular setting. Alternately, you can reduce the water heater’s temperature to 55-degrees Fahrenheit if there is no vacation mode on your particular unit.
  • Have your sump pump inspected and cleaned before the beginning of winter. If your sump pump isn’t in good shape it could freeze, which will keep it from working properly. Having the pit drained will help keep it from freezing.
  • Reduce your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll save money and reduce your risk of scalding or burning yourself when showering or washing your hands.
  • Disconnect outside water hoses when they aren’t in use. Many people don’t remember to do this, but if you live in a cold weather area, a hose could freeze and expand, badly damaging your faucet and the connecting pipes.

Contact Beyer Boys for more plumbing maintenance tips you can use this fall and throughout the year. We proudly serve San Antonio and surrounding areas, and we can’t wait to work with you and your family too.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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