With most things, catching a small problem and addressing it is a much better strategy than leaving it to fester and escalate to something major. This is never truer than when it comes to your plumbing system – especially this time of year.
(Thankfully), your plumbing system doesn’t require very much maintenance during the summer months and you are free to use the time to relax outdoors and spend time with your family. However, if there have been any plumbing issues that have been ‘back burnered’ the fall is the time of year to get them inspected and fixed.
Once the weather turns cold, even the smallest little plumbing issue will escalate to a major problem. In fact, here are some of the more common plumbing issues that happen around the house and need to be repaired before the cold weather months arrive:
- If you have noticed a pooling of water around the bottom of your toilet (where the toilet seals to the floor) don’t assume that the water is only condensation and there is nothing to be done. This could actually be a sign of a serious problem and having it inspected and repaired now will save lot of time, stress, and money.
- If your bathroom has a foul odor, don’t assume you just need more air freshener. A bad smell coming from your bathroom could be caused by a simple thing like the water in the p-trap having evaporated or, something much more sinister like a sewer system malfunction. Any odors that are coming from your bathroom investigated right away.
- If any of your faucets or fixtures are leaking use this time during the fall to get them repaired. A leaking faucet might seem like a small problem but, it can actually turn into a major plumbing disaster if left unrepaired and the cold weather sets in.
Fall is a nice time of year for getting ready for the cold weather. Make sure to spending the next few weeks preparing and protecting your plumbing system so that the cold weather does not cause more damage that it should.