It seems that summer has just begun, but in fact it's already time to start thinking about your fall plumbing needs for this year. Let's take a look at some ways you can get your home ready for fall and the winter beyond:
Winterize your pipes
When autumn comes to the mountains, you know it's time to start thinking about frozen pipes. This common home issue can mean bad news for you and your pocketbook – when pipes burst due to freezing, it can be an expensive hassle to fix. In order to get your pipes ready for the chilly fall and cold winter you need to first make sure they're properly insulated. Colorado winters aren't anything to scoff at – in Denver, the average low temperature around 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and it's right around this temperature range that pipes can sustain damage. Therefore, it's important to insulate all the areas that won't get warm throughout the winter by wrapping the pipes in polyethylene or fiberglass tubes.
Go 'green' and help the environment
Along with winterizing your pipes, you can help cut down on your plumbing bills and help the environment along the way by following some best practices. For instance, you should only water your lawn and garden as needed. To this end, think about installing rain sensors on your sprinkler system to make sure you're not overwatering anything – because as the colder air sets in, excess water in the ground or leftover in your home's pipes could cause issues.
Another key thing you need to consider is: What are you doing with your hoses for the winter? You're certainly not going to leave them out in the yard. You should make sure you properly store your hose so that it lasts for the next year. Disconnect it, drain the water and put it in an area of your home that will be at a constant temperature to where the hose will not freeze, like in the basement or attic storage space. In addition, it's important to turn off your hose bibbs and inside water supply line connecting to them, in order to prevent possible pipes bursting.
If you feel like you're in over your head and could use some expert advice, don't panic. For help with all of these functions and more, get in touch with your local plumbing professionals at Roto-Rooter today.
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