According to the Farmer's Almanac, Fall is officially here on September 23. Famous Folklore says "Spring rain damps; Autumn rain soaks." Therefore, as your plumber and flood specialist, below are some Fall Plumbing Do's and Don'ts:
1. DO unhook and drain your garden hose. To drain the hose yourself, you can blow on one end of the hose and drain remaining water in the hose line. This will prevent water from freezing inside the pipe.
2. DO insulate exposed plumbing pipes that you can see in your basement. Pipes near outside walls are the most likely ones that will freeze first. Another place to look for is outside water spigots. These are a must to get covered dwith insulators.
3.DO learn where your water valves are. In case of a pipe break or leak, you need to know where the water shut off valves are. A 1/2" blown pipe can shoot out upwards of 10- gallons of water per minute if you have high-pressure plumbing in your home.
4.DON'T "wait and see what will happen" if you start experiencing a slow moving drain. With the rainy season soon approaching, call Plumbing911 if you see any sign of slow drains. Waiting till the last minutes could cause a flooding nightmare, when a simple drain cleaning could prevent it.
5.DON'T wait till it's cold to begin prepping your home for winter. Use this time of the year to get all the DO's done. Plan one small home project for each, or every other, weekend--an hour at most--and you will be better prepared for the winter.
6.DON'T forget to enjoy this lovely season, Fall. Eat lots of pumpkin pie, invite family and friends over for bonfires, play cornhole, watch the trees change colors, and breathe in the outdoors.