By the time you finally get into bed at night, you might not want nothing more than to watch a fun television show in your cool, air conditioned master bedroom. Unfortunately, if you are experiencing trouble with your air conditioner, you might find yourself in a stuffy, uncomfortable space instead. However, air conditioning trouble doesn't have to come as a surprise. If you can learn to recognize the signs of trouble early, you might be able to call in the professionals before things turn sour. On my blog, you will be able to read through loads of helpful information on HVAC, so that you can detect trouble before it ruins your sleep.
As the summer heat gives way to cooler fall temperatures, now is the time to prepare your home's plumbing for the seasons ahead. As the weather gets colder, your plumbing becomes more vulnerable to damage caused by freezing temperatures. Take a moment and read about how you can prevent fall and wintertime plumbing damage with the following tips.
Drain and Put Away Those Hoses
After putting your gardening hoses to good use throughout the summer, it's time to put them up for the upcoming fall and winter. Leftover water inside hoses not only produces foul odors due to stagnation, but it can also freeze solid and expand under below-freezing temperatures.
To keep your hoses from splitting and tearing, drain as much water as possible out of your hoses and store them in a safe, dry place.
Shut Off Outside Faucets
With your hoses put away, chances are you won't need to use your outside faucets, either. Locate the shut-off valves for your outside faucets and turn off your faucets. Afterwards, open the outside faucets and allow any remaining water to run out. Doing so will keep your faucets from freezing and your pipes from bursting.
Evaluate and Insulate Your Pipes
Now is also a good time to take a look at the rest of your home's plumbing and make sure they're not suffering any leaks or any other damage. Pipes that run through uninsulated areas—including crawlspaces, garages, and underneath porches—should be insulated to prevent freezing and bursting.
Check and Clean Your Sewer Line
When was the last time you had your sewer line inspected? A clogged sewer line can cause a host of problems for your home, especially during high-use periods such as the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. If you want to prevent foul odors and sewage backups, you should have a seasoned professional inspect your sewer line and clean it as needed.
Check Your Hot Water Heater
Your hot water heater is easy to overlook—at least until it starts to spring a leak. An aging water heater isn't just prone to leakage and severe rust buildup. Gas-fired water heaters can also produce deadly carbon monoxide when improperly vented.
Prevention is always the best policy when dealing with your hot water heater. If you haven't had a licensed professional inspect your water heater, now is the time to do just that. Be prepared to have your current water heater replaced with a brand-new unit if any serious issues are spotted.
If you need assistance with any of your home's plumbing, contact a plumbing repair professional.Share
3 September 2018