With summer coming to an end and fall quickly approaching, there are a few things you should do to prepare for the upcoming Northeast Ohio fall and winter. One of them is checking your plumbing. Thankfully, these plumbing tips will help ensure your pipes stay flowing during the cold season.
Outside Plumbing Tips
- Disconnect water hoses outside. Leaving the water hose connected means water will be left in the hose. And while this isn’t a problem during the summer, in the winter months the water freezes and expands, which can result in the connecting pipes and faucets located inside to freeze and crack. Of course, it probably will ruin your hose as well.
- Add pipe insulation. Homeowners often forget about the pipes running through unheated areas, like crawl spaces and garages. Adding pipe insulation will help prevent these pipes from freezing during the winter.
- Protect outside faucets by covering them with an inexpensive Styrofoam insulation designed for faucets.
- Remove leaves and other debris from the downspouts and gutters. This will help ensure the water drains freely during the winter months. If it doesn’t drain, damaging ice dams can form on your roof.
Inside Plumbing Tips
- Seal leaks. Sealing air leaks around your windows and doors, and in other areas likely to experience leaks, will help keep heated air inside in the winter, and keep hot outside air from infiltrating in the summer. It also will keep dirty outside air from getting into your house.
- Set your water heater’s temperature at 120 degrees. This keeps the water hot enough for showers, baths and other uses while still reducing energy costs.
- Make sure to clean your sump pump and its pit. During cold weather, the pump can actually freeze and as a result not work properly.
- If you are going away for an extended time frame during the winter, remember to shut the main water valve off and allow the system to drain by opening faucets located at the lowest and highest points of your home. Don’t forget to also set the programmable thermostat to 55 degrees or above.
For more plumbing tips, please contact our experts at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing. For the past 75 years, we have provided superior HVAC and plumbing services to the Greater Cleveland area.
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