September 23, 2019Temperatures may still be warm, but it's time to start thinking about home maintance for fall. Taking a few steps now while the weather is mild can help to protect your pipes later when temperatures start to drop. This includes disconnecting and turning off the water connection to your hose bib(s) outside. Water can expand and freeze in pipes when the temperature dips, which puts stress on pipes that contain it. This usually happens to outdoor hose bibs and water supply pipes in unheated areas like basements and garages. Make sure your home is ready for cooler temperatures. Remove your garden hose(s) from the outdoor spigot(s). Remove any knots or kinks and completely drain all of the water out of your hose for proper storage. This is a good time to inspect for leaks too. Turn off the water supply to any outdoor spigots. Don't forget to "turn on" your faucets outside to drain any remaining water before turning off again. Set a calendar reminder to do this every fall. No one wants to wake up to frozen pipes, which can burst and cause significant damage.