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Fall is the gateway into winter for homeowners and business owners alike, and it’s a clear sign that the warmer months are coming to a close. It’s also a time when several areas of plumbing repair or maintenance can be considered before the cold winter, and that’s something we’re here to help with at Whipple Plumbing.

As we run through September and reach into October, what are some things you can do to prepare for the colder months? Here are some tips from our expert plumbers.

Garden Hoses

Proper storage of hoses and other water-related items is vital over the winter, and this is a good time to get started. Storing hoses properly is important – first disconnect the hose and properly drain all water from it. Then, place it in an area that will not reach freezing temperatures during the winter. Water left over inside the hose can freeze and expand, which can break the hose.

Hose Bib

The hose bib is an important connector piece that needs to be turned off, along with the inside water supply line. Different systems may have different instructions here, and our plumbers can help you out with specifics as well. For most homes, we recommend investing in a frost-proof hose bib before the first frost occurs to help prevent frozen pipes.

Sewer System

Fall, winter and spring put a lot of strain on the sewer system. If you’ve had issues in the past or want to take preventive measures, have the system inspected by our professionals.

Water Heater Maintenance

Annual maintenance is vital for extending the life of your water heater, and will also help you save money on your utility bills by identifying any leakage or overuse. Fall can be a good time to schedule water heater maintenance before the weather turns cold.

Sump Pump

The sump pump can be overworked during higher periods of precipitation, which often includes the fall. Make sure to check that it’s in working order, or have one of our professionals assist you.

To learn more about fall maintenance items, or to find out about any of our other plumbing services, contact the pros at Whipple Plumbing today.

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