Autumn has arrived, which means that is time to get your home ready for the upcoming winter weather. During the autumn, you have time to do maintenance and arrange for repairs from a plumber if there are leaks or other problems with your plumbing. Keep these top five autumn plumbing tips in mind as you prepare your home for cool weather.
1. Take Care With Holiday Cooking
Holiday baking and cooking often results in a lot of grease, small bones from poultry and peelings from vegetables. None of these things should go down the garbage disposal or the kitchen sink. Grease builds up in the pipes, causing obstructions. Small bones may break the blades of the garbage disposal. Vegetable peelings may also cause an obstruction. Non-meat and non-dairy kitchen scraps may be composted. The rest should be placed into the rubbish pail for refuse collection.
2. Inform Guests of What Not to Flush
It is important to inform guests of what not to flush down the sink or toilet. If you host a holiday meal for Thanksgiving or another autumn event, let guests know to throw things like baby diapers, feminine care products, tissues and wipes into the rubbish pail. Those items could clog the toilet, resulting in the need for an emergency plumber.
3. Lighten the Load on Your Septic System
If you home has a septic system, space out the water-based activities that you do throughout the day. If you have overnight guests for the holidays, ask them to wait 30 minutes between showers. Wait at least that long between loads of laundry. Use septic system-safe detergents and soaps for dishes, laundry and showers.
4. Add Insulation Around Perimeter Pipes
Perimeter pipes that run along your home’s exterior walls need to be insulated. This prevents freezing and bursting of the pipes. Freezing temperatures can occur in mid to late-autumn throughout Canada, so it is best to check insulation and add it as early in the season as possible. Insulating the hot water tank is also a wise idea. The water tank will operate more efficiently if it is insulated.
5. Winterize Exterior Plumbing Fixtures
Many homes have exterior plumbing fixtures. Water spigots and irrigation systems should be winterized during the mid-autumn. Watch for the forecast of the first heavy frost. When the first heavy frost is predicted, winterize these plumbing fixtures. If you are unsure of how to do this yourself, it is best to contact a plumber for professional assistance.