Fall Plumbing Tips: Fall Seasonal Maintenance Tasks

It’s that time of year again, fall! And with the change in seasons comes a whole new set of plumbing problems. Here are some maintenance tasks to keep your plumbing system running smoothly this fall:

Clean out all debris from the roof drainage pipes and gutters.

Remove leaves, branches, and other items that have fallen into your roof’s drainage pipes and gutters. This will ensure your drainage system continues working effectively.

Keep an eye on outdoor faucets for signs of exterior water leaks.

Exterior leaks will cause water to freeze and can lead to frozen pipes during the winter months.

Check that there is enough insulation on exposed piping.

Exposed piping is a common cause for frozen pipes. Ensure there’s insulation on exposed piping to prevent any freezing from occurring.

Disconnect outside water hoses.

If left connected, water in the hoses can freeze and expand causing faucets and connecting pipes inside your home to freeze and break.

Make sure outside faucets aren’t dripping or leaking.

Make the necessary repairs or call a plumber before freezing temperatures arrive. Be aware that when pipes freeze, water pressure builds causing cracks – no matter if the pipe is made of plastic, copper, or steel. Even a tiny crack can unleash enough water to cause serious damage or flooding.

If your home is equipped with interior shut-off valves leading to outside faucets, close them and drain water from outside lines.

Close and drain any shut-off valves leading to outside faucets. This will prevent water from spilling out of the open line during winter.

Seal leaks around doors and windows to reduce cold air penetration.

Seal leaks around doors and windows to reduce cold air penetration. This will help prevent frozen pipes during winter months.

Flush your water heater and remove sediment buildup.

Your water heater works harder during winter months. Be sure to remove sediment buildup which causes corrosion, shortens life span, and reduces heating efficiency. To do so, drain several gallons from the faucet near the bottom of the tank. Connect a hose to the faucet and direct water into a nearby drain. Check your water heater manufacturer’s website for specific instructions concerning your make and model.

Inspect and clean your sump pump and pit.

Prevent damage by keeping the area surrounding it clear of debris to avoid damaging components or flooding basements/cellars with water.

When not in use, shut off the main water valve and drain the system

If you plan on leaving your home for an extended period, shut off the main water valve and drain the system by opening faucets at the highest and lowest points of the house. Make sure the heat is left on and set no lower than 55°F.


These seasonal maintenance tasks will keep your home running smoothly. This will help prevent unexpected and costly repairs during the winter months! If you have any questions, contact our team of plumbing experts.

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