The colorful leaves are dropping from the trees, leaving your outdoor chores filled with related tasks, such as raking the yard and clearing the gutters of newly packed debris. While the leaves may have your attention, don’t let them distract you from taking proper care of your outdoor plumbing.
When you think of your home’s plumbing, the indoor systems likely come first to mind. After all, without showers, sinks, toilets, washers, hot water tanks, and more, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy the modern conveniences a home today affords. Keeping your indoor plumbing systems safe should be a priority, and it all begins outside.
Why? Well, in a word: winter. The plumbing you use isn’t just inside, but instead begins with those pipes that extend to outside your home–think, spigots and irrigation systems. When the cold weather sets in and outdoor temperatures plummet, the water within your pipes can freeze–and that typically starts with those closest to the outside. Water expands when frozen and the pressure inside the pipes increases, which can cause them to crack or burst. The end result can be damage to your home and property.
You can avoid the likelihood of frozen pipes and other other plumbing-related problems by taking the following measures to address your outdoor plumbing before Mother Nature turns off the heat completely.
Checking these outdoor tasks off of your fall to-do list can help ensure a winter free of home plumbing hazards filled with high repair costs and unnecessary headaches.