Getting ready for the winter weather is an important part of this time of the year. Not only are folks getting their pumpkins carved and their flannel sheets out of storage but, they are getting their home ready for the cold.
There are many systems of your home that require some winterizing before the cold temperatures settle in.
It is best to get these tasks done during the fall season when the weather is not as extreme and you can move around easier.
Most homeowners have a list of to-do items for home improvement tasks that need to get done around the house.
But, it is essential that you make sure to have some to-dos on your list that are specific to your plumbing system.
Keeping your plumbing system protected from the cold weather and the winter temperatures is the perfect way to ensure the longevity of the system.
Having a plumbing failure during the warm weather months is stressful enough without having to worry about a failure during the cold weather when you really need to use your plumbing system.
Here are a few ways that you can ensure that your plumbing system is in good working condition going into the winter:
- Spend some time getting your water heater winterized and prepared for the cold weather. This means having it professionally inspected by a licensed plumber and installing an insulated blanket to add a layer of protection against the cold weather
- Disconnect all of the garden hoses and turn off your automatic sprinkler system. There is no need to be watering the lawn during the winter weather and you could actually cause some serious damage to your sprinkler system.
- If you are on a septic system, make sure to have your system inspected and your tank pumped if necessary before the winter weather starts. Having a properly working septic system that is not at risk for a leak is an important measure.
These are simple yet important steps for protecting your plumbing system from the winter weather. Make sure to get these tasks on your to-list and check them off before the temperatures start to drop.