It's time to get your house ready for fall. Though it's officially fall, it doesn't quite feel like it in Dallas. However, this gives us the opportunity to do right by our home and get it ready for the epic change in temperature that's approaching. If you’re a homeowner, the drop in temperature can wreak havoc on your plumbing if you aren’t prepared. Below are five simple steps you should take to get your house ready for the coming months.
Store Away Your Garden Hoses
Help lengthen the life of your garden hose to last another year by draining all the water from it. Once disconnected, check again and make sure to drain all the water from it and place your garden hose in an area in your house that will not reach freezing temperatures. What you're trying to prevent by doing this, is to make sure that any water that may be left inside the garden hose does not freeze and expand as this would cause the garden hose to break.
Check Your Sewer System & Help Prevent Costly Repairs
The fall, winter and spring months can overwork your sewer system. It's recommended for you to check your home's sewer system, especially if you've had any issues in the past or would like to have preventative maintenance completed. You may call us at 214-328-7371. If preventive maintenance is of your interest, we recommend you inquiring about The Diamond Club Membership, which for only $9.99 a month, provides you with $200 in value that can help cover seasonal maintenance visits, preventive inspections, quick repairs, etc.
Inspect Your Water Heater & Ensure Warm Showers
If you love hot showers and long warn relaxing baths, we recommend you keep reading. Annual maintenance is crucial to extend the life of your water heater, which is something that Metro-Flow Plumbing can schedule and perform as soon as your schedule permits. Even-though most water heaters will last anywhere from eight to 12 years, water heater flushes tend to increase water efficiency and saves money on your future utility bills. If you'd like to increase water efficiency and save money on your utility bill, we recommend you schedule a water heater inspection by contacting us at 214-328-7371.
Give your Outdoor Faucets Some Love
Though it may sound a but excessive, especially if you're new to Dallas and to cooler weather, we highly recommend you protect your outdoor faucets from freezing temperatures (30 degrees or below) with styrofoam. Invest in a very affordable foam faucet cover. You'll be able to identify it because it looks like half an igloo and basically acts as an insulation to keep the outside cold out. Save faucets from freezing with this very simple and quick solution. Measures like this can help prevent water in your outdoor faucets from expanding due to the freezing temperatures, which can potentially cause the pipes to burst and turn into a costly repair. Should you have questions about the type of styrofoam to purchase, we are happy to help. You may call us at 214-328-7371. We are here and ready to help answer any questions you may have.
Clear Out The Gutters
Though this is something we like to recommend a professional to handle, particularly if you have a large home or a two story house, it is recommended for you to carefully use a ladder to inspect the gutters around the exterior of your home. This will help clear out any leaves or debris that could block water from flowing and draining.