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4 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Fall | Roto-Rooter Hartford

DownspoutsAs seasons change, it's always beneficial to keep tabs on your plumbing pipelines to ensure your systems are running properly. This is especially true if you live somewhere with drastic weather changes, like Hartford, Connecticut. The end of summer and beginning of fall is prime time for plumbing tuneups and repairs before the cold, so give your local Hartford Roto-Rooter professional a call today.

Here are four ways to prepare your home for the coming season:

  1. Clear out drains, gutters and downspouts

It's time to start clearing out the leaves and twigs that your drains, gutters and downspouts collected during spring and summer storms. With the colder seasons comes the falling leaves, so you'll want these drain lines cleared of any debris. If you don't perform this simple task, you may be left with water damage, leakage and mold growth, all caused by a clogged drain.

It’s important to keep your drains, gutters and downspouts of any debris so rainwater can flow through them with ease. Depending on the foliage in your yard you may want to check on your gutters a few time throughout fall as well.

  1. Purchase a spout cover

Outdoor spouts, faucet, and any type of exposed pipe should be covered as soon as the chiller weather hits. Not having a an outdoor faucet cover can wreak havoc on your pipes both inside and outside your home. Without the cover your outdoor metal pipe is exposed to the below zero temperatures that Connecticut can bring. These cold temperatures can cause your pipes to freeze, crack, and even burst. It is imperative to take care of inside your home starting from the outside.

  1. Turn the water heater up a bit

To make it through the snowy Connecticut winter, you might want to consider turning your water heater up a few degrees. During spring and summer there is no need for that extra help in heating your water because your it gets help from mother nature. Additionally, it's recommended that you flush out your water heater and drain the tank. This technique will keep your heater running smoothly and dispose of any mineral deposits or sediment buildup.

  1. Check the sump pump

To keep your home's plumbing system safe this fall, checking the sump pump should be at the top of your to-do list. First and foremost, locate the sump pump. Next, pour some water into the pit, and make sure the system is properly functioning and running a full cycle. If you notice the water isn't draining or the pump fails to turn on altogether, major water damage can occur. If this is the case, call your local Hartford Roto-Rooter professional for immediate assistance.

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