Let’s face it, fall in California isn’t exactly the same as most of the country. We’re not counting down the days until stormy weather arrives, meaning your home’s plumbing, especially outdoors, won’t be put under stress for at least a few more months. But using seasons as a reminder to take care of your home’s plumbing is always a good idea, so as we approach the season of pumpkin spice lattes and hay rides, here’s a list of ways to prepare your plumbing for fall from our friendly Santa Maria plumbers.
Rain and colder temperatures will eventually arrive, and you’ll want to be ready.
Organize the Outside
Make sure your gutters are clear of debris by scooping out all those fallen leaves, sticks, and pine needles. Also, make sure the drains around your home are also clear of any debris and flowing freely to prevent flooding. This includes downspout drains and any drainage systems around your yard and patios.
While you’re inspecting your exterior plumbing systems, make sure there are no drips on outside faucets and that you have the proper insulation coverings for when freezing weather does arrive. For areas that get really cold, consider turning off the supply valve to outdoor faucets.
If you have an outdoor irrigation system, it may not be time to turn it off yet, but start making plans to winterize it by insulating pipes. When the freezing weather does arrive, you’ll want to shut off the main valve and drain the system.
Inspect the Inside
A change in seasons is always a good reminder to inspect your water heater, as well.
If you have a tank water heater, you’ll want to drain and flush the system to prevent sediment build up and rust, check the temperature and test the pressure relief valve. You can read more in our water heater maintenance blog.
If your water heater is getting a little long in the tooth, you might also consider a tankless water heater for on-demand hot water.
Leaks can sprout up in any area of your plumbing system, so consider the leaves turning outside a good time to check your faucets and shower heads inside. Fixing a leak might be as simple as tightening a loose screw here, a nut there or replacing a seal, but it’s most likely a sign that you need to head to the hardware store for an upgrade.
Also, make sure your interior pipes are properly insulated from the cold so you don’t have any burst on those cold winter nights. Pay especially close attention to exposed pipes along exterior walls and in your basement and garage.
For more tips on fall plumbing maintenance, or to have a team of our professional Santa Maria plumbers do a plumbing inspection on your home to get ready for the season, we’re always a call or click away.