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Maintenance Guide for This Fall

Top 3 Fall Home Maintenance Disasters

When a fall home maintenance disaster occurs, it happens suddenly and results in tremendous inconvenience and large repair bills. However, most disasters can be avoided if a Tucson homeowner contacts a plumbing professional to conduct an inspection of a home’s plumbing system.

Everything from pipes, water valves, water heaters, faucets, and more should be examined for any problems big or small. By being proactive, Tucson homeowners can greatly increase their chances of avoiding a home maintenance disaster.


Frozen Pipes

While most of today’s newer homes have their pipes installed inside walls, many older homes still have numerous pipes that are installed outside of their walls.

Most often, these exposed pipes can be found in basements, attics, garages, and crawlspaces, which are often the coldest parts of homes.

As a result, these pipes are very prone to freezing and bursting, which can cause extensive damage to a home and its possessions.

Because a burst pipe can send as much as 10 gallons of water per minute into a room, it’s imperative to make sure this is one disaster that does not happen.

Exposed pipes, whether they are made of steel, copper, or plastic, can develop cracks and burst if conditions are cold enough. By using heating tape or Styrofoam pipe insulating sleeves to cover them, pipes can stay warm enough to prevent freezing.

In some instances, a plumber may use temperature-controlled heating cables that are laid directly on the pipes to keep them from freezing.

Rusted Water Valves

Surprisingly, many people do not know where the water valves are in their own homes. As a result, the valves are rarely if ever inspected for damage and can become rusted or corroded over time.

Therefore, if a pipe bursts and the water needs to be shut off, chances are high the valve will not work properly. If this happens, large amounts of water damage can happen, resulting in thousands of dollars in repairs.

A plumber can inspect the valves and replace any that are broken or corroded, as well as instruct a homeowner as to where the valves are located and how to cut off the water in an emergency.

Sump Pump

Sump pumps can freeze in cold weather, which keeps them from being able to pump out water in the event of a flood. By having a plumber inspect the pump and either repair or replace it, this situation can also be avoided.

If it can go wrong, it will – unless you keep up with a regular maintenance schedule. Call Spartan Plumbing at 520-617-1000 to get your Tucson, AZ home inspected.