Winter weather is inconvenient to say the least. From icy roads to higher heating bills, none of it is fun. Plumbing in your home is no exception to the trouble that winter weather can cause. Knowing what problems to look out for can make a big difference in the repair process since you’ll be able to identify the problem and call a plumber sooner. Check out these 5 winter weather plumbing issues that could affect your home so you’ll know what to watch for!
Frozen pipes can occur both indoors and outdoors. Outdoor pipes most commonly freeze at the spigot where your hose connects. Indoor pipes that sit close to the exterior of your home, are not properly insulated, and pipes that don’t have pressure release valves, are the most likely to freeze. You can prevent frozen pipes by having a plumber ensure your pipes are properly insulated. During especially cold weather, leaving a small drip running from each faucet lowers the risk of frozen pipes since the water is constantly moving.
Water Heater Malfunctions
Your water heater may struggle to meet your demand during the winter months. Water heaters typically see more use through the winter due to more time spent at home indoors and guests visiting during the holiday season. If your water heater isn’t supplying hot water or the water isn’t hot enough, it likely needs to be serviced by a plumber.
Clogged Kitchen Drain
Clogged kitchen drains can occur anytime of year and winter is no exception. The most common cause of a clogged drain in the kitchen are items being sent down the drain that don’t belong there. If you have a garbage disposal, certain items can clog it and prevent it from doing its job. Grease, coffee grounds, and bones are some of the most common items put through disposals that create a clog. Prevention is the best defense against clogged drains, but if a clog occurs, get it repaired ASAP using the help of a plumber!
As snow melts, basements flood. While this isn’t always the case, it is a very common issue for homeowners. Basement flooding can be prevented if your home has proper drainage and gutter systems throughout the winter and as the snow melts to route water away from your foundation.
Frozen Septic Tank Lines
When temperatures drop, the lines connecting your septic tank to your house can freeze. Frozen lines lead to backed-up pipes and potential water contamination. This is not only an inconvenience but has the potential to become a serious health hazard. A plumber can do an inspection of your septic tank and lines before winter arrives to help lower the risk of frozen septic tank lines.
If you’re in need of a plumbing expert to repair or prevent damage to your home, contact A+ Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today! We are the leading plumbing servicer in your area and can provide all of the repairs, replacement, and services you may need!