End of Summer Plumbing Tips

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We aren’t ready for summer to end, but it is inevitable and the colder months are just lingering around the corner.  The leaves will start to fall and the winter coats will be worn.  Now is the time to do some small maintenance on your plumbing to prevent a possible large repair later.  Take the time to do the below recommendations to prepare for those dreaded cold months so you aren’t spending more money in the long run.

Sewer LineshydroJet

Inspecting your sewer lines for any root growth from plants and trees can prevent a disaster later on.  If you notice obvious wet areas where the sewer lines are in the ground, it is possible that there is a leak in the lines.  Call your local plumber if you suspect a leak.  Roots can ultimately be a problem for your sewer lines, catch the problem before it wreaks havoc and costs you more money.


Over the spring and summer months, outdoor hoses are used quite often to water our gardens, wash our cars, and fill our pools.  Over time, continuous use of the hose can cause wear and tear and subsequently cause water leakage.  When you are closing your outdoors down for the summer, make sure you check your hoses for any leaks and repair or replace as necessary.  Drains also need to be checked for any blockage or for any over growth from grass or weeds.  Check around you HVAC system as well.

Indoor Plumbing

Always check your appliances for leaks.  Look for any hoses that might have bulges which ultimately means that the hose may burst.  Look around the appliance for any wet areas indicating that your appliance may be leaking water.  Your water bill is a good indication that you may have a water leak.  If it is higher than what it should be, you will want to find out why and check for any leaks to avoid future water damage and/or property damage.

Insulate Pipes

One way to help your pipes from freezing in the winter and possibly bursting is to insulate them.


It is always a good idea to make a plan of safety.  Make a checklist of what you should be checking before the cold winter months arrive.  Doing so we help you avoid any unplanned disasters or damages to your home.  Call Norfolk Plumbing if you have any concerns or questions with your winter plumbing preparations.


4 Comments on “End of Summer Plumbing Tips”

  1. I liked when you talked about making a list of things you need to check before the winter starts in order to avoid plumbing emergencies. I would want to make sure I take the time to do this so I don’t have to s[ent a ton of money on repairs. It is important to remember that consulting with a professional can help you make sure you cover all your bases and get the services you need from a pro.

  2. Great article jam packed with lots of good information.

    Though as a fellow plumber your website is making me feel pretty ashamed of my own! Whoever your designer was did an excellent job!

  3. My wife and I have noticed that our backyard has a funky smell in the back right corner of it where our tree is planted. We planted the tree three years ago and now it is big and gives us a lot of shade which is really nice. However, because you mentioned that it is important to inspect the sewer lines so that there are no accidents and we have never done that, I think that it would be a good idea to contact our plumber so know if the tree could be causing problems.

  4. It makes sense that tree roots could cause substantial damage to your sewer lines. I have noticed that there happens to be a lot of leaks in our basement plumbing. I definitely think that we should have it repaired before there happens to be any lasting water damage.

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