Gahanna Plumbing & Drain understands that homeowner’s maintenance to-do lists are never-ending. With this in mind, we also understand how crucial preventative practices are – like preparing your residential plumbing for the winter months. While it may be fall now, before you know it, winter will be around the corner. While we do want you to enjoy the fall season and everything else it has to offer, working proactively now while the weather is optimal is the greatest way to ensure that your plumbing will continue running smoothly. The present weather conditions should be taken advantage of. Because as you know, Ohio’s winters can be a little tough at times, so don’t put off something that could turn into a larger problem later. Fall plumbing maintenance ideas are provided below for your convenience! 


  1. Fall Plumbing Maintenance Checklist Item #1: Is Your Water Hose  

First things first, let’s take it outside. We can’t forget the garden hoses! They often get neglected when homeowners are storing up their previously used lawn tools for winter. But if a hose is left outdoors in colder temperatures, the water inside may freeze and expand, causing plumbing problems since it will remain attached to outdoor fixtures and faucets. In return, something as simple as forgetting to properly store your garden hose can result in an unwelcome plumbing catastrophe. 

  1. Fall Plumbing Maintenance Checklist Item #2: Your Gutters  

Second, think about your gutters for a moment! In the fall, there is a lot of foliage on the ground. They can also build up in your gutters as well! However, they may be quite beautiful to look at while they are growing, but they do develop into unsightly mounds of sludge in your gutters. Furthermore, when dried leaves and other outdoor debris accumulate inside them, they can build up and form a dam-like formation that causes overflowing gutters and foul odors. As a result, we strongly advise getting your gutters cleaned at least once in the fall. 

  1. Fall Plumbing Maintenance Checklist Item #3: Your Faucets  

Now, let’s move on to the inside; it’s time to start thinking about your faucets! It’s critical not to overlook any dripping faucets or leaks. Although it may appear to be a minor problem, leaks and drips like these can progress into larger plumbing issues in the future. You don’t want a plumbing issue to occur in the winter when it’s harder for a plumber to examine and address the situation. Moreover, when it gets chilly outside, if the water in your pipes freezes, it will expand and put a strain on your plumbing. This is one of the many reasons why preventative maintenance is crucial! 

  1. Fall Plumbing Maintenance Checklist Item #4: Your Pipes  

Prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting this winter by wrapping them in pipe insulation, which you can purchase from any home improvement store. Pipes located in unheated areas of your home (like a basement or garage) are especially vulnerable to cold weather, so take action now to make sure your plumbing is protected against the elements. 

  1. Fall Plumbing Maintenance Checklist Item #5: Your Water Heater   

Your water heater will work even harder in the winter months. It is suggested by industry standards that your water heater be serviced at least once a year. So, if you haven’t had your water heater serviced in the last year or so, now is the time to call and have an appointment scheduled. A professional plumber will thoroughly examine your water heater to ensure that it is in good working order.  

  1. Fall Plumbing Maintenance Checklist Item #6: Your Sump Pump   

Sump pumps play an important role in your home’s plumbing, making it crucial to inspect and clean them regularly. Unfortunately, they can freeze during winter if you’re not careful. To avoid this from happening and keep your sump pump running smoothly throughout the year, follow these tips.  

Gahanna Plumbing & Drain is pleased to announce that we provide plumbing services in the surrounding region. So, give us a call if you require home plumbing services. We’ll be delighted to provide you with our exceptional customer service if you give us a chance. Contact us today at (614) 245-2256, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!