We know as well as you—homeownership is a labor of love that requires ongoing upkeep. Whether you’re a first-time homeowner, or have performed your own maintenance for longer than you care to remember, the work you put into your home can take a physical and financial toll.
The key to a healthy, safe, comfortable home involves an understanding of its chief systems; and plumbing should be at the top of your list.
Having a game plan goes a long way in making regular maintenance easy and hassle-free. Many homeowners think of plumbing maintenance as seasonal, and this is perfectly acceptable. With every season brings various climates, and we need to condition our home’s plumbing to respond. Fall and winter are two times when plumbing maintenance is of ultimate importance.
Fall is the time for plumbing maintenance
If you haven’t already given some special attention to your home’s plumbing system as temperatures turn cool and days shorten—now is the time!
You probably ask, “why now?”. Let us explain…
This time of year offers an opportunity for tasks and services that will prevent seasonal plumbing problems. From leaves accumulating in your gutters to temperatures dipping lower with each passing night, it’s important to clean and prep key plumbing components so they perform optimally.
Here are some tips for keeping your plumbing going with the flow this fall and winter…
Perform exterior home maintenance
Keeping gutters and downspouts clear is key to smooth performance of the exterior drainage system. You’ll want to clean your gutters and confirm clear pathways for water drainage before the first frosts of the season. Once temperatures drop below freezing, you need to check that nothing is impeding water flow.
When you’re finished with the season’s yard work and watering, you can disconnect and store hoses, as well as turn off outdoor faucet water supply to prevent freezing. These are all easy regular home maintenance things you may do to prep for a season of inactivity.
Seal off drafts & insulate
Another seasonal home maintenance item is to ensure your home is draft-free and well insulated. As you prepare to run the heating system regularly, you want to make sure the inside stays toasty and air leaks don’t jeopardize your comfort—or your plumbing!
Weather-stripping products are a great solution for a range of insulation issues. These work well at sealing drafts while supplementing existing insulation. Pipes located in areas such as the garage, basement and bathrooms, especially where pipes back up to an external facing wall, require extra insulation.
Check your home for uninsulated pipes and do your part to prevent frozen pipes.
Ease plumbing stress this holiday season
This time of year is about holiday meals, house guests and parties. All the events and people in your home mean two things: More hands in the kitchen and more use out of the bathroom. The added strain on your kitchen and bathroom can wreak havoc on plumbing during the holidays.
Luckily, you can arm yourself with awareness and the right tools:
First, don’t let that extra food go down the kitchen sink—use your trash can for waste elimination. In the bathroom, forego the cute disposable printed napkins for hand towels—those don’t end up in the toilet.
Also, stagger baths and showers with your house guests so everyone gets hot water. And last, but not least, keep a plunger handy.
Inspect plumbing fixtures
Leaks and drips in your plumbing fixtures add up to money and water wasted. It can also indicate that a much bigger plumbing problem is brewing beneath the surface which will eventually develop into an expensive repair. Prevent this by inspecting your fixtures for leaks, cracks and tighten any loose fittings or connections.
Sometimes fixture repair is as simple as replacing a clogged aerator or a damaged flapper. However, if you’re experiencing low water pressure, decreased water quality or severely clogged drains, it never hurts to contact us for professional assistance with your home plumbing repairs.
Seasonal preparedness improves comfort, reduces repairs
This season, get proactive about plumbing health rather than using a reactive (and oftentimes more expensive) approach to facing your plumbing woes. At Robinson’s Plumbing, we take just as much pride in educating our customers about the importance of plumbing maintenance as we do in servicing their homes.
For more information on what you can do to prevent plumbing problems this fall and winter, or to schedule residential plumbing service, contact Robinson’s Plumbing today at 804-794-0918.