At Five Star Dayton Plumbing, we understand the necessity of preparing your home’s plumbing for the winter months ahead. While it is still very much autumn and is not quite winter season, we suggest using the optimal weather conditions to your advantage. So, if you would like to set your home and plumbing work up for success next season, take advantage of the ideal weather conditions and complete the following fall plumbing maintenance checklist from your local plumbing experts. 


Checklist Item #1. Has Your Water Heater Been Serviced This Year?  

During the colder months, your home’s water heater works even harder to combat the chilly weather. Your water heater should be serviced at least once a year, according to industry standards. So now would be a good time to think about if you’ve had your water heater serviced recently. If you can’t remember the last time your water heater has been serviced, this is a good indication that it is due for an inspection. A qualified plumber will examine your water heater to ensure it is functioning properly. Take our word for it; you don’t want to take a cold shower in the middle of winter as a result of a malfunctioning water heater, which could have been prevented with some routine maintenance. 

Checklist Item #2. Has Your Sump Pump Been Cleaned This Year?  

It’s important to inspect and clean your sump pump regularly, just like you do with your water heater. Sump pumps can freeze during the winter due to low temperatures, so it’s best to take care of them before the colder weather hits.   

Checklist Item #3. Have You Checked Your Faucets?   

Let’s think about your faucets! It’s vital not to ignore any dripping faucets or leaks. Although you may not believe it, leaks and drips like these can develop into bigger difficulties later on. And the last thing you want is for this larger issue to show up in the dead of winter, making it more difficult for a plumber to fix a problem when the temperature is below freezing. You can prevent this by making a quick walk-through of your home to check for any leaks or drips. If you need assistance from a professional, don’t hesitate to call us so we can help fix the problem before it gets too cold outside. 

Checklist Item #4. Have You Insulated Your Pipes?  

Many people are unaware that pipe insulation is a feasible solution for their homes. Wrap your exposed pipes and plumbing fixtures in pipe insulation to keep them insulated. This is especially useful if you have exposed pipes in an unheated area, such as a basement or garage. Burst pipes are a plumbing catastrophe we strongly urge you to avoid at all costs. The good news is pipe insulation kits are reasonably priced at any home improvement store, so it’s well worth the minor investment! 

Checklist Item #5. Have You Disconnected Your Water Hose?  

Fifth, don’t forget your garden hoses! Gardeners often overlook them when other yard maintenance tools are stored for the season. If a hose is left outside, water inside it could freeze and expand, which would cause more problems with fixtures and faucets outdoors. 

Checklist Item #6. Have You Cleaned Your Gutters?  

Lastly, we need to take care of those gutters! In autumn, overtaking leaves and other outdoor debris get caught in your home’s gutters which can create undesirable conditions like bad smells and gutter flooding. To avoid this, we recommend clearing out your gutters regularly. 

We offer five-star customer service for residential plumbing across the Dayton and surrounding area. If you are in a position where you need the services of a local plumber, we’d be more than happy to answer all your plumbing questions and concerns. So, take a chance on us and call Five Star Dayton Plumbing today at (937) 230-6506, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here