Autumn is here and now is the time to get your plumbing ready for the colder months ahead. While Florida winters aren’t too harsh, health issues can still occur if you don’t do proper maintenance. Ready to tackle your plumbing slate, follow the tips below. Remove the water hoses: When you finish watering for a year, be sure to disconnect all outdoor hoses. Cold weather can cause the hoses to stretch or the water remaining at the connection to freeze. Check your faucets: Check the internal and external faucets for possible leaks. Not only can leaky faucets be a nuisance, but they can also lead to water damage, cracks, and higher water bills. Clear accumulated debris from gutters: Yard waste, debris, pollen, and dirt can build up in gutters and downspouts. When temperatures fluctuate during the colder months, buildup can cause drainage problems and may even damage the gutter. Treat any clogs: Now is the time to tackle any clogs or slow-moving drains in your home. With the holidays approaching, you’ll want to make sure the plumbing is working well for your home guests. Check your valves: Valves can easily wear out over time, and it’s important to make sure they work as they should. Test them to make sure they are moving freely, and check them for any visible signs of damage. Rinse Your Water Heater: As the cold temperature approaches, your water heater will do a lot more work than before. Sediment buildup in a water heater can lead to corrosion that can spoil its efficiency and shorten the life of the appliance. Getting rid of it can remove this buildup, ensuring it is working properly. Insulate your pipes if needed: If you have unheated areas in your home like crawl spaces and garages, you should add additional insulation like heat tape, to protect them from freezing temperatures. Clean and Inspect Your Sump Pump: If you have a sump pump in your home, it can freeze or stop working if the temperature drops below low. You should always have an annual cleaning and checkup of your sump pump to help it continue to function optimally as it should. Need help attending your plumbing maintenance checklist, or have you discovered some repairs that need addressing? Contact the plumbing professionals at A to Z Statewide Plumbing. Our trained professionals can help you correct any plumbing issue from clogs to leaks, to pipe replacement, to ensure your home remains comfortable all year round. Popular Topics Right Now Aaron Atkins Providing exceptional customer service is first and foremost, but when he’s not focused on providing your home or business with the highest level of customer support, Aaron prefers tying his running shoes and pound pavement for hours on end. Originally from the Snow Belt of Pennsylvania, Aaron currently resides in sunny South Florida with his wife and three children.