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How Can I Prepare my Plumbing for the Fall?

When the scent of a pumpkin spiced latte hits your nostrils, that only means one thing: autumn is on the way! From hayrides and pumpkin picking to light jackets and scarves, fall is the perfect solution to cooling down after battling the summer heat. If you’re not sure how to prepare for autumn (besides stocking up on pumpkin treats), then we recommend starting with your plumbing — and here’s how:

Inspect your Pipes

One of the best ways to prepare for autumn is to check your plumbing pipes. Believe it or not, many homeowners don’t take care of small leaks they may find throughout the year. From the kitchen sink to the toilet down the hall, no matter how big or small the leak is, it’s always important to take care of the problem right away.

Of course, what would actually happen if ignore any small leaks? Well, then there's a greater risk for flooding — which is ultimately caused when the temperature begins to drop, due to the season change. Certainly, if you suspect that your plumbing may have a small leak or two, then it’s important to contact Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. right away to take care of the problem!

Wrap your Pipes

Another common problem that most homeowners run into, during the season change, are non-insulated pipes. Sure, you might think that your pipes can survive all elements — but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Believe it or not, the slightest change in temperature can cause your plumbing pipes to lose the ability to maintain heat — and that will undoubtedly lead to colder than average temperatures in your home.

Before the first temperature drop, you’ll want to make sure that all indoor and outdoor pipes have the proper insulation. This will not only keep you in the clear, regarding water temperature, but it will also preserve your pipes from fracturing under the inconsistent temperature change (and, of course, will save you from possible water damage, too).

Check your Water Heater

One of the most overlooked details in any home is the water heater. Sure, it might seem impossible to overlook the “brain” of your water temperature — but, indeed, this heating vessel is often forgotten until a major problem occurs.

If you’re afraid that you’ve neglected your water heater for a while, then it’s time to contact Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. for professional maintenance! Our team will not only inspect your unit from top to bottom, but we’ll also make sure it’s in tip-top shape throughout any season!

If you run into any problems with your home plumbing, heating or cooling, and prefer to forgo the DIY route, our technicians are here to help! Visit our website to learn more about the services that we offer here at Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. — or you can call (865) 518-7008 to speak with a representative directly.