Plumbing & HVAC Tips

Fall and Winter Plumbing & HVAC Tips

  • Make sure outside faucets aren’t dripping or leaking. When pipes freeze, cracks can occur and this can lead to serious damage or flooding when the pipe thaws. Disconnect any outside water hoses before the weather gets colder.
  • Inspect and clean sump pump and pit. Make sure the float switch is free so the sump pump will operate correctly, when needed.
  • Insulate any exposed plumbing pipes, especially those in outside walls and crawlspaces. This will protect the pipes from frost and prevent heat loss.
  • Make sure you know where your main water valve is and how to shut it off in case of a broken pipe or leak. Knowing this will save you time in case of an emergency.
  • Check out your water heater to maximize efficiency. Flush out any sediment that has settled in the bottom of the water heater. This will increase efficiency and the life of your water heater.
  • Have your heater serviced and replace your filters before cold weather hits. Dirty filters can affect your heater’s efficiency which can lead to higher heating costs and shorten the life of your equipment.
  • Seal any leaks around the doors and windows. Cold air leaking in will cause your heater to run longer and increase your energy bills.
  • Make sure your attic has sufficient insulation so heat is not lost. Heat rises so a great deal of heat is lost through improperly insulated attics. Properly insulating your attic will help keep your energy bills down.
  • Clean gutters and debris from your gutters to allow proper drainage. This will help prevent water from building up around your house’s foundation.