Fall Plumbing Tips

1. Sprinkler Blowout

Everyone knows this, and yet every year people procrastinate long enough to ruin pipes and sprinkler heads.  Get it done early, your yard will be fine.  Do It Yourself Cost: Free if you have an air compressor

2. Gutters and Downspouts

Everyone loves driving from Denver up to Longmont and looking atthe beautiful icicles, but they are red flags for poor home care.  Poor insulation in the attic causes snow on the roof to melt, and clogged gutters cause the water to overflow.  When that water freezes, it expands and can tear apart your eaves, roof, and take sections of gutters right off the house.  Here is a little trick.  Get on the roof with your leaf blower.  Carefully aim your blower into the gutters and the leaves will go flying.  It makes gutter cleaning a lot easier.  This works best when the leaves are dry.  DIY Cost: Free

3. Garden Hoses

Unhook hoses and either blow them out or drain then with gravity and store inside for the winter.  An outside shed is nice, but the plastic and rubber will still freeze and thaw numerous times and most likely crack.  A garage that doesn’t get below freezing should be fine. DIY Cost: Free

4. Insulate exposed plumbing pipes

Take a walk through your basement, and insulate the pipes you can see.  Especially the ones near the outside walls.  They are the most susceptible to freezing.  If you are lucky enough to know which pipes normally freeze, you can use heat tape to warm that pipe throughout the winter.DIY Cost: depending on the number of pipes, about $30

5. Service your hot water heater

The fall is a great time to get your water heater tuned up.  The construction industry is slowing down, and you can often find great deals as they try and prolong the good money months.  DIY Cost:  this one is tougher to do yourself and to bring out a pro like Greater Western Plumbing it would run you about $75.

6. Service your septic/sewer system

For the same reason as above, the fall is a good time to have your system checked out.  Get your sewer snaked and get those pesky roots out of there.  They won’t be growing as much in the winter.  If you have a septic tank, fall is a great time to pump it. DIY Cost: This one is tough to do by yourself, but to have a pro like Greater Western Plumbing come out would run you about $125 to snake the lines.  You need a sewer pumping service to pump your septic tank.  GWP doesn’t do that yet.

7. Insulate open spaces where air can blow on pipe

Related to number four, insulating the open spaces reduces drafts and saves you money on your heating and cooling bills.  The less air that is moving across the pipes, the less of a chance that one of those pipes will freeze.  DIY Cost: Depends on the size you need to insulate, but $50 will go a long ways.

8. Learn where the main water valve is

Teach your kids how to shut off the water main and under toilets and sinks.  Everyone that is old enough to be in the house alone should know how to turn off the water.  Even a ½” blow pipe can gush upwards of 10 gallons per minute if you have high pressure in your house.  Having your 10 year old take care of this 15 minutes before he/she can get a neighbor to help can save you thousands of dollars. DIY Cost: Free, and could save you thousands in an emergency.

9. Furnace inspection

Change your filters and get your furnace tuned by a pro.  You will save energy and reduce the allergens in your air.  DIY Cost: 7 dollars for a new filter and the tune up would run you about 75 dollars to have a pro like the guys at Greater Western Plumbing come out.

10. Call Greater Western Plumbing

Greater Western Plumbing gives Denver plumbing a good name.  They do preventative maintenance, and repair problems that could have been avoided all the time.  The call and quote are free, and we are fun to talk to so give us a call today.