Looking After Your Outside Plumbing – Tips for Colorado Homeowners

 

Fall in Colorado can bring the most amazing sights. As the season changes and the trees and shrubs get ready for a long winter, we’re treated to a real fest for the eyes. There are some stunning places you can go to view the amazing colors of nature (here are some of them). If you’ve not been to them all, we recommend that you check them out this fall.

With the change in seasons comes some potential plumbing problems that you should be aware of and looking out for. Here’s a quick checklist for Colorado fall this year…

 

Check outdoor faucets – common warning signs

Your outdoor faucet has been incredibly useful in the summer months for washing the car, the yard, or the driveway. You probably used it to keep the plants watered or to top up the pool. Come fall though, those colder nights and mornings are just the starts of a long cooler period, and you’d do well to spot and fix any problems as early as you can.

Here are some key things to check before the cold nights draw in:

Make sure the water is flowing freely. Watching for free-flowing water is a good bit of spot checking to see if you have any cracked pipes. Drips or stutters when you turn the tap could indicate an issue as the winter sets in. This crack could get worse when water freezes so get it fixed now if it needs it.

Check the pressure. Poor water pressure also indicates a blockage or crack in your pipe. If you notice that that water pressure is different some days and better on others, then it’s worth getting your pipes inspected.

Protect your faucet from winter. We know it’s only fall, but as the season changes it’s a good time to get some protection on your faucet to stop the winter freeze catching it and causing ice to form inside and crack the pipework. Planning ahead will help you to avoid most problems with your outside plumbing. Leaving it later costs more and is more hassle.

 

Inspect your drains

As the leaves start to fall and the world around you puts on its stunning color display, you need to be extra cautious where those leaves land. Blocked drains often happen because of natural products outside your property landing in the drain cover and then disintegrating and falling into the drain.

Keeping on top of this is important and probably a quick weekend job for you.

Other things to look out for are animals and particularly birds as they get ready for the colder winter. Twigs and other debris from nests will be carried through the air and as the wind sets in, the natural resting place can be your drain as it offers some shelter from the wind brushing just inches above it.

Further down in your drains is the ever-present threat from tree roots. Having an annual CCTV pipe inspection is a great idea and will make sure that that tree in your front yard isn’t searching for water from your drains and sewer.

 

Maintain your septic tank

Your septic tank needs an inspection each year if you’re looking to have a working system that doesn’t let you down. Most problems with septic tanks can be avoided if you stay on top of the maintenance and deal with any potential problems as they arise.

You should aim to pump out your system every 2-3 years and a regular yearly inspection will help you gauge this better. Misuse and lack of maintenance are right up there with the main reasons for a septic tank to go wrong which you really don’t want. So look after it and give it some attention before the weather takes a turn.

How will you know whether you have an issue with your tank?

Hare three signs to look out for:

  • Slow to drain
  • Standing water
  • Bad smells

Find out more about septic tanks, here.

 

Get ready for the beautiful colors and the change of weather…

Fall brings many stunning changes to your environment – just don’t let it ruin your home and allow it to block or freeze your outside plumbing. Some carefully planned maintenance and an annual maintenance visit from us can spot problems like tree roots, cracked pipes, and blocked septic tanks.

All of these are better when spotted and treated early so act fast to be ahead of the game this fall.

Need a visit? Contact us now and we’ll arrange an expert to visit you.