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If you’re feeling a little bit of melancholy this time of year, it’s typical. Lots of people are grateful for a break from the heat, but a little wary of what winter might be packing.

Which is why fall, as cool and refreshing as it can be, is the perfect time to prepare your home and plumbing for the worst of winter while hoping for the best.

So, for seasoned pros and newbies alike, we’re happy to present the following fall plumbing tips. They might just help you prevent an unwelcome repair bill or two:

Gutters and Downspouts

If you have insufficient or worn out attic insulation, you could be in for a rude awakening. It starts with snow or ice on your roof melting and sliding down into your gutters. If your gutters are loaded with leaves and other debris, that water won’t be able to drain properly. If it’s cold enough, that water can freeze and cause your gutters to collapse.  Worse yet, it can tear into your eaves and roof. What does poor attic insulation have to do with any of this? It allows heat to rise, quite literally, right through your roof, thus melting the snow and ice. So, two bits of advice to help prevent damage to your home: have your attic insulation inspected by a qualified professional, and make sure your gutters and downspouts are cleared out before the snow starts to fall.

Garden Hoses

It’s one thing to disconnect your garden hoses, but to keep them from harm, store them somewhere they can’t freeze. At the same time, shut off the water to your outside faucets to prevent cracks and leaks.

Insulate exposed plumbing pipes

To prevent the kind of watery mess that can start with a frozen and cracked water pipe, be sure to insulate all such pipes located in unheated areas, such as your attic, garage, or crawl space. If necessary, provide some heat to those areas, as well.

Learn where your main water valve is located

Let’s say you’re unlucky enough to come home and find a water pipe spewing water like a playground sprinkler. Before you do anything else, shut off your main water valve. Not sure where it’s located? Take the time now to find out so you’re prepared if and when an emergency arises.

Repair Leaky Faucets

Check all kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room faucets.  A hidden leak can cause freezing, burst pipes, and indoor flooding. To locate a leak, turn off all fixtures and faucets. Next, watch for any leaks and listen for the sound of running water.

Here’s another great way to prepare your plumbing for winter: contact CT Mechanical Solutions and ask for a whole-house plumbing inspection.  It’s a great way to help keep your plumbing in top working order while preventing major repair problems now and down the road. It also provides added safety for your family as we check for possible carbon monoxide and gas leaks. Why not call today to schedule service.