It's nearly October and that means winter weather is around the corner. While we're looking at a fairly calm and balmy season in Seattle, there's no reason why you shouldn't review your plumbing system for issues to avoid a costly bill later in the year. Here are five crucial plumbing fixes you should complete before fall arrives in earnest:
1. Check Your Water Heater
Winter weather means a greater demand for hot water. As showers grow longer and the days get shorter, the strain on your water heater could be too much for it to handle. With houseguests and increased stress on the showers, bathtubs, sinks, and dishwashers, it'll need all the help it can get. Don't spoil your holiday plans with a basement full of water from a failed water heater - get it checked for problems today and avoid a costly future disaster.
2. Review Valves
You'll also want to check the valves and temperature gauge on your hot water heater, turning it up to about 149 degrees Fahrenheit to satisfy winter water demands. You'll need to look at your water heater's pressure relief valve as well as the main valves coming into your home. Check for any signs of damage and have problems fixed now while they're still too small to notice without close inspection.
3. Get Your Drain Inspected
Fall is a nasty time to be a drain. Already performing a dirty job, drains are susceptible to clogs due to leaves, extra rainwater, and added pressure to accommodate those aforementioned longer showers and added houseguests. Having your drain inspected is the best way to offset any problems before they turn into larger, considerably smellier ones.
4. Look for Cracked Pipes
Cracked pipes should present themselves pretty visibly, with dripping water being the primary sign of problems. Ice and frozen grounds around your home can cause your pipes to crack, as can natural shifting and seismic events. If you're concerned about your pipes getting too cold, try insulating them with Styrofoam to keep things flowing this winter.
5. Replace Your Old Fixtures
If you're looking for a great holiday gift idea the whole family can enjoy, look no further than a powerful, eco-friendly showerhead. These new water-efficient showerheads can provide great custom flow options while significantly reducing the amount of water used per minute. There's no better time than now to splurge on an early Christmas present and save money on your water bills at the same time.
Get your plumbing up-to-date and ready for a successful fall and winter season today by calling Pioneer Plumbing and Heating. Our local professional plumbers are well-versed in all aspects of home and commercial plumbing best practices and can assess your system before making the necessary repairs and upgrades. Contact us today for an estimate on your project or to schedule a visit.
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