Now that fall is here and we’re heading into the cooler temperatures, there’s no better time to start getting ready for the change in seasons.
Be Vigilant of Debris
If you have an outside stairwell that has a drain at the bottom, all you have to do is make sure that it stays clean of any accumulated debris so it doesn’t get stopped up. Leaves, acorns, or sticks can definitely get stuck in there more easily during the fall.
Aside from that, almost everything related to plumbing will really be about staying one step ahead of winter. The best time to be prepared is now that it’s not an urgent issue—that way you aren’t scrambling the day before a cold spell. The first thing to prepare for the winter months is outdoor plumbing (like an outdoor kitchen or shower). You’ll need to winterize it by removing any water. Disconnect any hoses attached to an outdoor hose faucet, especially if you don’t use them. Any water left inside can freeze and cause them to burst.
Make sure you also focus on getting any crawlspace or cellar doors closed and ready for the cold weather. If there is any insulation that needs to be repaired or replaced, now is the time to get that taken care of, too. You might have had a leak during the summer, or rain might have caused an outside area to become wet. Get it sealed up and replace the wood insulation so you can prevent any freezing of the water lines or drain lines once it gets really cold.
If you have any pressing plumbing issues this fall or winter, you can always reach out to the team at Wisler Plumbing by or giving us a call at 540-483-9382.