Fall is finally here! To many, that means comfy sweaters, hot chocolate, and apple picking. But here at VP's Plumbing, Heating & Air, we’ve got nothing but fall maintenance on the mind.
If you’ve spent a few years living on the east coast, you know that winters in New York often consist of sub-zero temperatures and lots of snowfall. Needless to say, you never want to wait until winter to start preparing your home for colder weather.
Preparing Your House for Winter Weather
Disconnect your outdoor hose.
Because people tend to use their hose all summer long, they’ll leave it outside and connected to a spigot all season. But if your hose is left outside over the winter, you run the risk of water inside of it freezing and expanding. This fall, disconnect your hose, drain it of any water, and store it in a dry area.
Insulate pipes that are more susceptible to freezing.
Just because interior pipes sit inside your house, that doesn’t mean they’re protected from freezing temperatures. The heat that circulates around your house often doesn’t reach pipes that sit behind cabinets, in unfinished basements, and in crawl spaces. Because of this, these pipes are more likely to freeze and crack when the temperature drops.
Schedule water heater maintenance.
No one wants to wake up in the middle of December and learn that their water heater isn’t working. Routine maintenance can find small problems before they become large (and costly) ones, while giving you peace of mind that your heater will last all season.
Check for interior leaks.
Small leaks are often brushed off as a problem for another day, but they can actually be a sign of a larger problem. Plus, they can waste thousands of gallons of water every year.
For 30 years, VP's Plumbing, Heating & Air has been going above and beyond to provide homeowners quality plumbing and home renovation services in Westchester County and surrounding areas. From kitchens and bathrooms to bedrooms and living rooms, we’ve been helping people transform the look and feel of their home for decades.
To request an appointment with our skilled Westchester County team, call (914) 506-5752.