While the Jacksonville area normally experiences above freezing temperatures throughout the winter, there are still things you should inspect with your plumbing this fall. A little preventive maintenance or catching minor plumbing problems before they turn into big problems does not take much time and will pay off in the end. Consider the following plumbing tips for around your home:
Know How to Shut Off Your Water
If you plan to travel or be away from your home for any length of time, you should learn how to turn your water off from the main water valve. This is one of the most important plumbing tips to follow. This will help prevent any flooding surprises in your home while you are away. Turn off the valve and then turn on all the faucets in your home to drain the water from the pipes.
Inspect Your Sump Pump
The hurricane season might technically be over on November 30, but you never know when heavy rains may strike. A sump pump will only help you if it is actually working. Make sure your pump is plugged in and its drain is clear of debris. Test your pump by slowing pouring water into the sump pit and confirming that the pump kicks on and the water drains.
Check Plumbing in Your Bathrooms
You may find yourself entertaining more during the fall and winter with the holidays coming. You will want to make sure your bathrooms are in good working order. Make sure your sinks and tubs are not clogged and are draining smoothly. Check for leaks under your sink or your toilet’s water connection. Keep a clean plunger in your guest bathroom in the event your toilet backups.
Change Your Watering Schedule
Between the first Sunday in November and the second Sunday in March, Jacksonville residents are limited to one day a week watering for their landscapes. Make sure you set the timer on your irrigation system appropriately for your watering day. For homes with an odd or no street number, your day is Saturday. Likewise, even numbered addresses may water their lawns on Sundays.
Inspect Your Water Heater
Check for any cracks or leaks in your heater’s tank. You should always have your water heater serviced each year. If you haven’t had your service yet, it is a good idea to schedule one now. Your hot water heater works harder during the winter to keep water warm once the temperature drops.
For more plumbing tips or to schedule service for your Jacksonville home, contact Bill Fenwick Plumbing at (904) 724-7022.