Fall is upon us… Now is a great time to get outside and get your home or business ready for winter. There are a number of simple things you can do today to get ready for winter and help protect your home or building:
- Make sure all downspouts are operating correctly; are free of leaves and debris and discharge at least 3 to 4 feet from the building structure. (You don’t want the water “running” down the wall into the basement or footer drains if you can help it)
- Repair leaking faucets and shutoff water to the exterior fixtures by mid-November.
- ALWAYS remove hoses from the faucets!! Hoses left attached to the exterior faucet can freeze and damage the faucet or rupture the pipes INSIDE your home or building; be safe, remove the hose, drain the water out of them and store indoor if you can.
- Order your FREE valve tags from Plumbing Professors and be sure you tag your whole house water shutoff valve!
- If you have a sump pump, be sure to check the discharge line; it should be at least 4 feet from the building and free from any obstructions that could restrict the flow of water; restricted flows lead to sump pump repair. Consider a backup sump pump before the rainy season gets here, especially if your sump pump runs on a regular basis.
Remember, if you need help with any of this, we’d be happy to help you, so enjoy the fall season and call us if you need us.
The Plumbing Professors Team