Home Improvement Projects You Should Not Ignore
When the temperatures drop and the leaves start to fall, it's time to take a good look at your home's plumbing. Preventative measures are key to avoiding damage and pricey repairs. To help you with your maintenance efforts, we've gathered some of the most common plumbing problems that start in the fall season.
Preventable Plumbing Problems
- Cluttered gutters
There's plenty of beauty to be found in the changing leaves but you don't want them to settle into your home's gutters when they fall. From roof damage to foundation issues to cracks, full gutters can lead to costly repairs. Prevent this by putting on some thick gloves, grabbing a ladder and a small shovel, and clearing out the clutter. Follow up with a good rinse of the gutters with a hose and inspect them for damage or cracks.
- Clogged cleanouts
Falling leaves can land in the cleanout—the outdoor pipe that provides access to the plumbing—if the cover or cap is opened or damaged. To prevent a backup of water flow leading to plumbing issues, call in a professional who can perform a camera inspection and drain snaking to ensure there's no obstruction.
- Dirty sump pump
A quick visual inspection can tell you whether or not the sump pump is working—and catching it early is crucial. The pump's filter screen can collect leaves, mud, pebbles, and debris, which can lead to clogs, premature pump shut-off, or even standing water in the basement. To be safe, check it by slowly pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit. If it doesn't automatically start up, it needs maintenance.
If there's a hidden leak in the plumbing system, water can seep into electric wiring and start a fire. Keep an eye out for discolored spots after a rainy day or unexpectedly high water bills. Then call a plumber who can diagnose the problem.
Plumbing issues can happen at any time, but fall and winter are the prime times for pipe damage. Instead of waiting until it's too late, use these tips and stay ahead of it.
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