Now that fall is here, it’s important for homeowners to take care of any plumbing problems right now before winter arrives. Any plumbing problems you’re facing now will likely only get worse once we enter pipe-freezing season.
Common Fall Plumbing Problems
Knowing what to look out for can be a big help when you’re trying to determine whether you have plumbing problems that need to be taken care of before winter begins. A few of the most common fall plumbing problems include the following:
- Blocked gutters – In fall, the leaves from trees can fall all over your property, including in your gutters. As leaves collect in your gutters, they can clog the downspouts and eavestroughs. This can prevent water from draining, which can lead to it pooling. If water can’t drain from your roof and gutters, it can end up causing roof problems, damage your gutters, and drip from your gutters down to random areas, like your walkways. This can result in slippery areas developing on your walkways, especially if the weather is cold enough for the water to freeze and form ice patches.
- Clogged drains – Fall leaves can also cause drainage problems. The leaves can gather near your exterior drains, break down, and enter your home’s plumbing through the drain openings. This can result in the leaves clogging your pipes. A plumber can clear the clogs and install a drain cover to help prevent it from happening again.
- Broken water heaters – Your water heater must work harder during the fall and winter. The water that enters the water heater is usually colder than it is during the spring and summer, which means your water heater must work harder to warm it up. This can put additional strain on your water heater and lead to it overheating and/or breaking down if it’s not prepared for the colder months. It’s a good idea to have your water heater inspected for any issues in the fall to make sure it’s ready for the cold weather season. In addition, having the pipes that lead to the water heater insulated can help keep the water that flows into it warmer.
- Busted pipes – Burst pipes can be a big problem during the winter because of the freezing temperatures. Having a plumber insulate your pipes in the fall, and repair any leaks, can often help save you the hassle of dealing with burst pipes in the winter.
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