Summer will soon be over and the fall season will be upon us. As such, it is critical to start thinking about your plumbing system. Your plumbing system is one of the most important systems in your home and you want to make sure it works properly. Here are a few useful plumbing tips for the fall.

Inspect Your Pipes

The fall season is a great time to check the pipes in your home. If the pipes have cracks or are very old, they will not be able to handle the cold weather. The last thing you need is for your pipes to burst in the winter. If your pipes are not in the best shape, then a plumber can install insulation around them.

Schedule a Water Heater Checkup

In the colder months, you will run your water heater a lot. Like other appliances, water heaters can endure wear and tear from constant use. Therefore, you should have a plumber inspect your water heater for defects in the early fall. If the plumber finds issues, they can be fixed before a breakdown occurs.

Remove Your Garden Hose

In the fall, it is wise to disconnect your garden hose. Otherwise, the water inside of it can freeze in the winter and burst inside your home. You do not want to deal with that kind of a mess. After you disconnect the hose, put it in your garage or shed.

Clean Your Gutters

Believe it or not, your roof's gutters and plumbing system have a connection. These gutters push rainwater away from your property, helping avoid water damage. However, if these gutters are clogged with leaves and other debris, then they can't perform their job. That is why it is a good idea to clean your gutters in the fall. 

Look at Your Sump Pump

Your sump pump is responsible for pumping water away from your house. If your sump pump is damaged, however, it will not be able to do this. Hire a plumbing professional to check your sump pump for damage. Insulation may also need to be installed to protect the sump pump from harsh winter temperatures.

Plumbing maintenance in the fall sounds like a lot of work, but it is completely worth it. It can help prevent costly plumbing problems down the road. If you have additional questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with a plumber soon.