Fall Plumbing Checklist

Every homeowner should perform a few fall plumbing tasks to set yourself up for a great holiday season and beyond.


  1. Disconnect your outdoor water hose. Drain hose and store for the winter.
  2. Cover outdoor faucets with styrofoam hose covers.
  3. Inspect your indoor and outdoor pipes. Use insulation on pipes exposed to cold temperatures.
  4. Check indoor faucets and plumbing fixtures (sinks, toilets, showerheads, etc.) for leaks and get them repaired.
  5. Drain your water heater to prevent sediment buildup and rust. First, shut off power and water supply valve. Then carefully drain the tank by connecting a hose to drain the valve and running to a nearby drain.
  6. If you have a sump pump, make sure it’s clean and in good working order.


Going to be away from home for longer than 30 days this winter? You should consider turning off your water service. You’ll avoid fixed monthly charges and there’s no charge to shut off your water or have it turned back on.

Interested? Call our office 5 to 7 days before you leave and before you return. We can schedule a time to turn off your service. For more info, call our customer service at (419) 354-9090 Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:30pm.