by Zona on September 18, 2015

Top 3 Fall Home Maintenance Disasters

When it comes to your Indianapolis home's maintenance, prevention is key. Your plumbing can suffer as the temperatures fall. Here are the top 3 home maintenance disasters that you can run into this fall, and how you can avoid them.

Indianapolis fall_home_maintenanceFreezing Pipes

Winter isn't the only time of year you can encounter freezing pipes. As the temperatures drop, you run the risk of freezing your pipes, which can lead to a break or crack in your lines.

Prevent freezing pipes by insulating all exposed pipes under your sinks and in your basement, and keeping cool water running at a low stream on nights where the temperatures fall below freezing.

Overworked Water Heater

If you are tempted to raise your water's temperature as the weather gets cooler, think twice before doing so. Raising your water heater's temperature causes it to work harder, and if you haven't had your water heater inspected, it can fail to work properly with the excess work.

Keep your water heater under 120 degrees, and have a plumber or certified technician inspect your water heater prior to making any changes to it.

Wrapping your water heater's base with insulation also helps to trap in heat so your appliance doesn't have to constantly kick on to keep temperatures even.

Condensation in Your Basement

Cool weather causes your pipes to sweat in the winter as you turn the heater up to stay war,. The condensation that forms on your pipes can make your basement damp. This can damage your walls and any exposed wood beams.

Prevent pipe sweating by wrapping all exposed pipes with plumber's tape, and keep windows cracked to provide ventilation that circulates the air and helps keep this area of your Indianapolis home dry.

With fall comes basic plumbing maintenance that you must perform to keep your home winter-ready. A plumber can perform all these maintenance tasks for you to ensure that your pipes and other plumbing needs are taken care of and ready for cooler weather.

When you take the right precautions, you can keep your home's plumbing safe all season long, no matter how cold it gets.

Remember to keep up with a regular maintenance schedule. Call Griesemer Plumbing & Mechanical at (317) 881-9536 to get your Indianapolis home inspected.

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