Happy September! We hope you had a great summer!  

We know, we know – “It’s not over till the 23rd!” That may be true, but with Labor Day come and gone, we think it’s time to say goodbye to lazy days and 100° weather. We don’t know about you, but we’re so ready to kick it back into gear for fall. This time of year always feels like a fresh start to us, especially after a long, relaxing July and August. 

Here are three things we recommend that can help you prepare you for the fall. 

Check the Sump Pump 

Sump pumps are the most common issues in the plumbing industry. Keep your basement dry and mildew free,  

With all the rain we’ve had this summer, and especially recently, it is essential to check your sump pump and make sure it has not malfunctioned during the summer. Though it may not have failed catastrophically, there is still the potential for a minor malfunction. Make sure to check not only the sump pump itself but also the area around the pump. Be on the lookout for any indication of water damage. 

Perform Water Heater Maintenance 

As the days get shorter and the temperatures colder, we will start to use more hot water. Longer showers and hot baths can be a real reprieve from the cold. Hot water heaters are built tough, but just like any appliance are susceptible to wear and tear. It is vital to get them serviced annually to make sure they are working to their full potential. 

If you see any indication of water leaking or notice that your water isn’t as hot, call us today. 

Store Summer Essentials 

Now that we are not trying to beat the heat every day, it is time to turn off and pack up all the summer accessories. Make sure that water hoses are turned off and disconnected. The most efficient way to preserve your hose is to store it before cold weather hits. If water is left inside the hose, it could freeze in the colder temperatures. 

Likewise, make sure any sprinklers or sprinkler systems are turned off and stored away. In addition to potential plumbing problems, no one wants to step on or mow over a rogue sprinkler head! 

At Marines Plumbing, we are welcoming this chilly weather with open arms! Make sure that your home is ready for the colder weather by following these simple tips. If you have any reason to suspect your water heater or sump pump aren’t working, call us today! 

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