Fall is truly a beautiful time in Seattle as the leaves change color and put on a dazzling display, but its cooling temperatures are a reminder that chilly winter rain and weather is on the way. Although Seattle may be not prone to heavy snowfall, arctic storm systems drifting across the Pacific Northwest deliver sudden, hard freezes that can put your plumbing at risk if you’re not prepared.
As fickle as fall weather can be in the Pacific Northwest, you can take measures to avoid common Seattle plumbing repairs such as frozen pipes and burst piping during the cold season.
Here at Raymark Plumbing & Sewer, our skilled staff of licensed, professional plumbers are on standby to help get your pipes ready for winter. On top of plumbing repairs, we also specialize in routine maintenance using the most advanced technology and practices, such as video inspections.
Here are 3 ways to protect your plumbing in Seattle this fall.
Clean those gutters and downspouts
Heavy rainfall, clogged gutters, and cooling temperatures are the perfect recipe for potentially dangerous drainage issues, such as rainwater overflow that eventually ends up in your home’s foundation. Gutters and downspouts filled with leaves and debris can trap water, which later freezes and expands. This cycle will continue to repeat itself and can damage your roof. Luckily, you prevent these problems simply by keeping your gutters and downspouts clean and free of debris.
Take your garden hose inside
Your garden hose may have served you well during the summer, but there’s not much it can do for you now that winter is only a few weeks away. In fact, leaving your garden hose connected to an outside faucet can cause your indoor plumbing to freeze and even burst. Now is a good time to put your hoses away for the winter if you haven’t already. It’s also important to ensure all your outdoor faucets are thoroughly drained, shut off, and show no signs of drips or leaks. What may seem like a harmless leak now can lead to problems down the road in the winter.
Check out your pipes
Pipes inside your home in enclosed areas can still freeze even though they’re not directly exposed to harsh outside conditions. Don’t assume the piping in your crawlspaces, basements, garages or even right under your kitchen sink won’t freeze. The pipes in these areas are vulnerable to freezing and should be insulated before temperatures continue to drop. You should also check the condition of all your pipes now to find and fix any potential problems before they get worse.
At Raymark Plumbing & Sewer, our friendly staff and expert Seattle plumbers are here to meet your plumbing needs. Whether it’s a pre-winter inspection or plumbing repairs, we’ll get the job done right the first time. Call us today to schedule an inspection and our team can help you identify any potential issues in time for winter!