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Top 3 Fall Home Maintenance Disasters

When it comes to winterizing a Wenatchee home, there are many steps that should be taken to ensure a home maintenance disaster does not occur.

Whether it’s checking pipes for damage or making sure valves are working properly, taking care of a home’s plumbing system before cold weather arrives can be a great way to prevent problems from happening at the most inconvenient times.

By having a plumbing professional conduct an inspection of the Wenatchee home’s plumbing components, homeowners can have peace of mind when the weather outside turns blustery and cold.

Wenatchee, WA fall_home_maintenancePressure Relief Valve

One of the most important but overlooked parts of a home’s plumbing system is the pressure relief valve on the water heater.

Many times, a valve is found to be corroded when tested, which could result in the valve being stuck and failing to operate correctly in the event the heater malfunctions.

Whenever a pressure relief valve needs to be inspected, a trained plumber should handle the job since the heater’s water is extremely hot and dangerous.

The plumber will lift up the lever and see if it snaps back into place, which will indicate the condition of the valve.

If it snaps back and allows a small burst of hot water into the drainpipe, it is in good condition. But if it doesn’t, it should be replaced.

Pipe Insulation

In many older homes, pipes were often installed on the outside of walls rather than inside them. As a result, those pipes are much more susceptible to freezing and bursting during cold weather.

A plumber can inspect the pipes for any cracks, rust, or other damage and either repair or replace them as needed. Afterwards, heating tape,

Styrofoam insulation, or thermostat-controlled heating cables should be placed on or near the pipes, keeping them warm and lessening the chances of a flooding disaster happening.

Inspect Outside Faucets

When fall arrives, a home’s outside faucets should be checked by a plumber to make sure they are not dripping or leaking. If they are, repairs need to be made as soon as possible.

Otherwise, pipes connected to the faucets may freeze due to a buildup of water pressure, which could result in extensive damage to both the inside and outside of a home.

Many people believe only steel pipes can burst, but in fact ones made of copper or even plastic have also been known to burst in extreme cold.

If it can go wrong, it will – unless you keep up with a regular maintenance schedule. Call Allied Plumbing & Pumps at (509) 662-6622 to get your Wenatchee, WA home inspected.

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