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  • Writer's pictureSamantha McPherson

Seasonal Plumbing Maintenance: A Guide to Keep Your Pipes Happy Year-Round

Just as the seasons change, so do the needs of your plumbing system. Seasonal plumbing maintenance is a key factor in ensuring the longevity and efficiency of your pipes. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the essential steps to keep your plumbing happy and healthy throughout the year.


Fall: Preparing for the Chill:


*1. Outdoor Faucets and Hoses:

  • Disconnect and store garden hoses.

  • Shut off and drain outdoor faucets to prevent freezing.

*2. Inspect Gutters and Downspouts:

  • Clear leaves and debris from gutters to prevent clogs and potential water damage.

*3. Water Heater Check:

  • Flush the water heater to remove sediment and ensure optimal performance.


Winter: Guarding Against the Cold:


*1. Insulate Pipes:

  • Insulate exposed pipes to prevent freezing. Pay special attention to those in unheated areas.

*2. Maintain a Constant Temperature:

  • Keep your home heated, even when away, to prevent pipes from freezing.

*3. Bathroom and Kitchen Cabinets:

  • Open cabinet doors to allow warm air to reach pipes under sinks.


Spring: Renewal and Refreshment:


*1. Check for Leaks:

  • Inspect faucets, showerheads, and pipes for leaks. Address any issues promptly.

*2. Inspect Sump Pump:

  • Test the sump pump to ensure it's ready for potential spring showers.

*3. Outdoor Cleanup:

  • Clear debris from around outdoor drains to prevent blockages.


Summer: Cooling Down with Care:


*1. Inspect Irrigation System:

  • Check for leaks or issues in your irrigation system.

*2. Garbage Disposal Maintenance:

  • Run ice cubes through the garbage disposal to sharpen blades.

*3. Monitor Water Usage:

  • Be mindful of water usage during peak summer months to prevent stress on the plumbing system.


Year-Round Tips:


*1. Regular Inspections:

  • Schedule regular plumbing inspections to catch potential issues before they become major problems.

*2. Know Your Shut-Off Valve Locations:

  • Familiarize yourself with the location of main shut-off valves in case of emergencies.

*3. Invest in Professional Maintenance:

  • Consider professional plumbing maintenance services to ensure a thorough inspection and proactive care for your plumbing system.


Seasonal plumbing maintenance is a proactive approach to safeguarding your home against potential plumbing issues. By taking the time to address the specific needs of your plumbing system throughout the year, you're not only preventing inconvenient disruptions but also extending the life of your pipes. At McPherson Bros Plumbing, we're here to assist you in maintaining a healthy plumbing system year-round. Contact us for expert advice and professional services to keep your pipes in optimal condition.

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