Winter comes with its unique set of challenges, and that often includes plumbing problems. As much as we may love the chilly winter weather, it can be devastating when plumbing issues arise—especially if it’s your first experience.
Freezing temperatures can leading to a chain reaction of problems that could pose significant harm to your home. However, with a little knowledge and some basic preparations, you can stop common plumbing problems before they snowball into something serious.
Beware of Frozen Pipes
Possibly the most common plumbing problem during winter is frozen pipes. When temperatures drop below freezing point, your pipes are at risk of freezing and bursting.
Water expands when it freezes; pressure builds up inside the pipe, causing it to crack or burst. To avoid this problem, leaving your tap on a drip might be the solution you need.
A dripping tap can relieve pressure build-up, preventing frozen pipes. You should also insulate your pipes with foam insulation tubes or apply a heating tape. If you’re going away for an extended period, consider leaving your taps open to relieve any pressure that may build up in your pipes.
Clogged Drains Are Problems All Year-Round
Clogged drains are an all-season issue, but it gets worse during winters. Drains get blocked easily in the winter months due to the greasy, fatty waste in the drain pipes, resulting in water backups.
Prevent clogging by using mesh drain covers, avoid pouring oil and grease down the drain, or instead, dispose of it in containers and throw it in the bin. Use a drain cleaner or consult your local plumber if the clogging persists.
Expect Water Heater Problems
We rely more on our water heaters during winter, which means they’re under more stress and could develop problems. Sediment build-up in the tank is also a prevalent issue, so it’s essential to flush out sediment buildup in the tank during winter.
Another problem with water heaters is that the heating element may be dysfunctional, leaving you with cold showers. Regular servicing, especially during winters, will help avoid these issues.
Be on the Lookout for Leaky Pipes
Pipes can leak at any time of year, but the problems they present can be more severe in winter. Leaking pipes can freeze over, resulting in more significant damage to your home’s plumbing system. Regularly checking your plumbing can help avoid this issue. Tightening loose fittings, replacing worn-out seals, and ensuring consistent preventive maintenance will go a long way toward preventing leaks.
Immediately Address Burst Pipes
Burst pipes can be a nightmare during winter. Low temperatures, coupled with the added water pressure, can lead to the complete destruction of your plumbing system. When outdoor temperatures drop below freezing, ensure to drain outdoor pipes and hoses before storing them. When there’s a snow build-up, it’s essential to clear the snow off pipes and taps as it reduces insulation, making it easier for pipes to freeze.
Contact a Plumber to Address Winter Plumbing Issues
Winter can bring plumbing problems, but you don’t have to worry about them with preventive care. By following these simple tips we’ve outlined above, you can avoid costly and stressful plumbing problems during winter.
If you do experience problematic plumbing issues, don’t hesitate to contact Meyer's Companies Inc. for the professional service you need.