Fall Home Plumbing Tips

Fall Home Plumbing Tips

Instead of waiting until the last minute to start winterizing your home, get a jump start in fall before it gets really cold. All summer you’ve enjoyed playing, keeping your lawn green, and not worrying about things like frozen pipes, but as the leaves start to drop in fall, turning your attention towards preparing your home for winter is good practice for homeowners. Read through these fall home plumbing tips top make sure your house rides out the winter with no plumbing mishaps. When water freezes, it expands. If you’ve ever filled up a bottle of water and popped it in the freezer for a cold treat later in the day, it only takes once before you learn that you can’t fill it full. Same rule applies to gutters and pipes. Frozen water can tear apart eaves on your roof and even tear gutters right off your house! The more leaves in the way, the more likely your gutter will clog (and then freeze when the temperature drops). Quick Tip: Instead of pulling out leaves by hand or trying to balance with a small broom, try using a leaf blower! If the leaves are dry they should just fly out without a long hassle of an unwanted chore. Once the weather has fully cooled down and you’re not looking to use your water hose anymore, unhook the hoses around your house. Once you know it’s fully drained, store them somewhere inside for the winter. Plastic and rubber can still freeze (and thaw) during colder weather, causing cracks along the way. After your hose is disconnected, make sure that your...

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