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Fall Plumbing Tips to Follow

Fall Plumbing Tips to FollowThe arrival of fall tells us that winter isn’t far away, so it’s time to get your plumbing system ready for colder weather. Following these essential fall plumbing tips can make the task easier.

Put Away Your Garden Hoses

To keep your hoses in good condition so you can use them next year, disconnect and drain each one. Then, roll them up and store them in a spot where they won’t be exposed to freezing temperatures, like the basement.

Winterize Your Outdoor Hose Bib

If your bib is equipped with an indoor shutoff, close it then go outside and open the bib spigot and let any remaining water drain out. Lastly, cover the bib with a foam insulator for an extra layer of protection against freezing and bursting.

Protect Vulnerable Pipes From Freezing

Adding protection to vulnerable water pipes can prevent freezing and let you avoid the headaches of dealing with ruptures and water damage. First, install insulated foam sleeves on pipes situated in unheated areas, like the garage or basement. If you have accessible pipes running through an exterior wall, you should protect them with heat cable that’s controlled by an automatic thermostat.

Perform Water Heater Maintenance

Since you’re tackling plumbing maintenance, it’s the ideal time to drain and flush sediment from your water heater tank, and make sure that the pressure relief valve is functioning properly. You should also adjust the unit’s thermostat setting to 120 degrees, and install insulated foam sleeves on first four feet of hot water piping coming from the tank. If your appliance is older and not well-insulated, you should also add an insulated tank blanket to limit heat losses.

Check Your Sump Pump

To prevent damage from basement flooding and water intrusions during the fall and winter, this is a good time to test your sump pump’s functionality and clear any accumulated debris from the sump pit. If you don’t already have one, invest in a backup battery so your pump works during a power outage.

For help winterizing your Portland-area home with these fall plumbing tips, contact us at Roth Heating & Cooling.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

Try These Helpful Plumbing Tips for New Homeowners

Try These Helpful Plumbing Tips for New HomeownersBuying your first home is both rewarding and exciting, but it comes with a lot of new responsibilities like keeping the plumbing system working properly. The following plumbing tips can help make the task less daunting, so you can enjoy the perks of home ownership with a little less stress.

Locate the Water Shutoffs

Learning where the water supply shutoffs are for each of your plumbing fixtures can help you minimize mess if a sink supply line springs a leak or a toilet starts to overflow. Even more important is locating your main shutoff valve, so you can halt the water flow immediately if an inaccessible pipe bursts and floods your home.

Maintain the Water Heater

If you have zero experience with water heaters, you should hire a professional plumber to make sure the appliance is in good working condition. A pro can drain and flush the tank to remove sediment as well, and demonstrate how to test the temperature and pressure relief (T&P) valve. Both of these chores are an important part of yearly maintenance to ensure the appliance operates efficiently and safely.

Take a Proactive Approach to Maintenance

Fix minor plumbing problems promptly, like leaky faucets and running toilets, and regularly check for leaks around your appliances, inside the sink cabinets and around each toilet base. If you’re having house-wide problems like sluggish drains, frequent clogs in multiple fixtures, or an unexpected drop in water pressure, call a plumbing pro right away to find out why.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

Having a plumbing emergency kit of basic tools and supplies on hand can help you get a plugged-up sink or clogged toilet fixed quickly, or allow you to control a leak until professional help arrives. All you need is a 5-gallon bucket stocked with a flashlight, plunger, an adjustable wrench, screwdriver and pliers. Add some thick cloths to mop up spills, and rolls of Teflon and duct tape to stop a leak temporarily.

To learn more plumbing tips, or for expert help dealing with a plumbing problem in your new Portland-area home, contact us at Roth Heating & Cooling.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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