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Autumn in Toronto can lead to plumbing problems, the weather is cool, the kids are back to school, the leaves are falling from the trees, many folks are preparing for the winter, it marks the change from summer into winter. Autumn reminds us that winter is coming. The temperature variation in the Greater Toronto Area brings common plumbing issues to the populace. Here are the common problems encountered in the area during autumn.
Cracking/bursting of pipes
It is recommended that when you are done with the watering of your garden, the hose(s) should be disconnected and the faucets switched off. If there is a shutoff valve that leads to the outdoor faucet it should be drained and closed. It is better to stick to this precaution than allowing your pipes to be cracked.
Freezing of the pipes
Temperatures during autumn can go down far below freezing, especially during the night. These temperatures are capable of freezing the pipes when attached to your hose If you have an underground sprinkling system, the pipes should be removed and drained.
Clogging of drains
Drains are made up of tiles that are perforated and covered with gravel that pipes excess water away from the home. Leaves and debris can clog the drains and that overflow causes flood in part of your home. Inspection should be carried out in the drains regularly to clear the drains and remove the debris. Any damaged tiles should be removed and replaced.
The autumn period can overtax your septic/sewage system, it is good to ask your plumbing professional at the beginning of the season to carry out routine checks on your sewage system and check for any future problems. The season is a good time to drain your septic tank if there is any need.
Hot water tank maintenance
When the weather is cold, there is a good chance that you will make far more use of the hot water tank for heating your water. You should ensure that it is working properly. This includes checking the tank bottom to ensure that water is not dripping under it.
In other to avoid the above stated common plumbing problems in Toronto, the following tips can help you avoid issues.
- Conduct a regular check around your home, including leaky faucets and pipes. This procedure can prevent the problems before they occur.
- Turn off the main water supply when you are away from your home.
- Ensure that the heating system is always running to prevent freezing of your pipes.
- Clear your drains to remove debris and leaves.
Have a regular inspection to ensure that there are no cracks or holes in your windows. If, they are present, make sure that you remove the problem. That will go a long way in preventing letting cold air in. Hire the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services to help you with your plumbing inspection and preparation needs