The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are dropping, the leaves are changing, and just like that, it’s autumn. In all the excitement, make sure to take time out to check your plumbing system. Between spending more time at home and hosting holiday meals, your system is working harder than ever to keep up, and issues may inevitably arise. Avoid a disaster this fall by learning about the most common plumbing issues you might encounter and how to prevent them from ruining your fun.
If you notice water collecting in the sink basin and draining at a slower rate than usual, you may have a blockage in your drain. Never put oil, grease, fatty foods, coffee grounds, pumpkin, potato peels, or Halloween candy down your drain.
Clogged gutters might seem to be more of a landscaping issue than a plumbing problem but neglecting to clean fallen leaves and other debris from eavestroughs and downspouts prevents water from draining off your roof. When this happens, it can pool or drip into your foundation, causing serious property damage, encouraging mold and bacteria to grow, and inviting pests. Take time each week to inspect your gutters to ensure they are working properly and directing water to the right location far from your home.
Water Heater Problems
Because it’s getting cooler out, the demand on your water heater is increasing significantly. Water will be several degrees colder than it was during the summer, so your water heater might overheat or fail, especially if it’s older or poorly maintained. Residential water heaters only last around eight to twelve years, so you may need a replacement instead. A professional plumber can work with you to diagnose and repair any issues before they become expensive projects or install a new unit to improve the energy efficiency of your home.
If you experience any of the problems above, contact BPI Plumbing today. With our help, your home will be fully prepared to meet the challenges of the upcoming holiday season.