Known as the "Heart of the Commonwealth," Worcester is the largest city in Western Massachusetts and second biggest in the entire state. Like much of New England, it has plenty of tree cover as well as bitter cold winters during most years. The combo of plentiful trees and cool weather can make for nice scenery, but it can also create some problems for your plumbing infrastructure.
Tree roots, frozen pipes, and leaks are all common issues in cities such as Worcester. Luckily, you can get a handle on these potential problems through some self-maintenance and help from a professional plumber. Here are some things to try:
1. Test your water heater
Your water heater becomes more active during the fall and winter months. For this reason, you should clear out any accumulated sediment by draining a few gallons and connecting a garden hose to the heater. The heat pressure relief valve should also be evaluated. Models vary, but usually you can pull the lever to see if a blast of hot water goes into the tank. Consult a plumber if the valve hasn't been touched in years or is badly corroded.
2. Clear out your gutters
Autumn means falling leaves. The varied trees of New England can shed a lot of yellow, red and orange leaves along with other debris into your gutters and downspouts. This can be a problem, especially when combined with water accumulation that freezes. Use a ladder and a tool such as a snake (auger) to remove as many of the obstructions as you can. If further assistance is needed, call a professional plumber.
3. Winterize any properties you'll be away from
Maybe you are a snowbird and plan to go to Florida to get away from the cold winter. If so, you'll need to winterize your property by doing things like disconnecting any outdoor bibbs, stowing garden hoses and turning off the water main. Given the local climate in Worcester, it's a good idea to work with a plumber to ensure that all your bases are covered when it comes to winterization.
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