Plumbing issues can happen at any time, but winter is commonly known as the prime time for pipe damage. Instead of waiting until it’s too late, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks you can work on to keep your home safe and sound. A little prep work during the weekend goes a long way—especially when you have Hutchinson by your side.
‘Tis the Season for Fall Plumbing Maintenance
Fall is right around the corner, and now is the time to ensure your plumbing system is in tip-top shape.
The bitter cold is notorious for bursting pipes, causing heaps of damage and frustration. Instead of risking the headache that comes along with plumbing problems, call the experts at Hutchinson for a complete plumbing assessment—before the cold hits.
Prepare Your Pipes
It’s a wise move to prepare your plumbing system before the temperature drops. Homeowners know just how cold New Jersey winters get—so why not go the extra mile to ensure that your family is safe and comfortable during the cold months? Prevent plumbing problems by checking these items off your Fall plumbing maintenance checklist.
1. Inspect Your Faucets
Take a peak at all of your indoor and outdoor faucets. While you make your rounds, check for leaks, cracks, and other signs of wear and tear.
Make sure you’re also checking the pipes underneath your sink and watch out for any mineral buildup. Mineral buildup around your pipe fittings is a sign of a leak.
2. Disconnect & Insulate Outdoor Connections
If you have a lot of hose bibs and spigots that feed sprinklers, hoses, and other things that water your yard, you’ll want to disconnect them all from your home’s plumbing system. Once you’ve disconnected, let the water connection empty as much as possible.
Water left in outdoor connections can quickly freeze, causing your pipes to crack, burst, and cause severe damage. If you know the temperature will drop below freezing, wrap your connections ahead of time.
3. Look for Leaks Under the Sinks & Toilets
Open your bathroom cabinets and run your hand along the pipes to check for moisture. Loose pipe fittings cause slow leaks that can go unnoticed until it’s too late. With a little know-how, you can use basic tools to tighten the fittings yourself to stop water from leaking.
4. Check & Insulate Pipes
Like your outdoor connections, you’ll want to check and insulate all of your home’s indoor plumbing. Pipes are prone to freezing and bursting in areas that aren’t insulated well, such as basements. If you discover a leaking pipe, no matter how small, it’s time to repair it.
Be sure to install insulating tape or covers to protect your pipes against severe damage once the cold hits.
5. Clean Out Drains & Gutters
Gutters full of sludge aren’t pretty—and they’re not safe, either. Beautiful autumn leaves are the hallmark of fall. But those beautiful leaves can quickly clog your gutters if you aren’t maintaining them regularly.
When debris starts to accumulate in your gutters, the gunk and muck create a dam that prevents water from flowing off your home. Caked gutters also affect your sewer lines and emanate a smelly, swampy odor.
6. Check Water Heater & Sump Pump
Damages to your water heater and sump pump can flood your home, so it’s crucial to inspect for any potential damages. Sediment buildup is a recipe for corrosion. With the water heater, you’ll want to check all connections and flush the system to get rid of any sediment buildup.
Like the water heater, you’ll want to make sure your sump pump is clean and working properly before the cold comes. Doing this ahead of time will help prevent it from clogging or freezing—and nobody wants to deal with a damaged sump pump in the middle of winter.
7. Get a Professional Plumbing Inspection
It’s easy to miss major plumbing issues. Luckily the professional plumbers at Hutchinson have a keen eye for spotting and fixing the toughest plumbing problems. Scheduling a professional plumbing inspection can give you the peace of mind you want as you and your family head into the colder months.
Call Hutchinson for Professional Plumbing Services
Plumbing issues are never fun—especially in the middle of winter when the temperature drops below freezing. Stay ahead by securing your plumbing system with a thorough, quality inspection. With over 60 years of experience, Hutchinson’s plumbing technicians offer top-notch service to New Jersey homeowners. Check your list off by inquiring about our hot water installations, drain cleaning, leak fixes, backflow prevention, and more.