Plumbing issues can arise any time of the year, but the cold winter weather brings its own set of challenges. By being proactive and properly preparing your plumbing for the winter season is crucial for avoiding any major damage.
Frozen pipes are one of the most common plumbing issues that will arise during the winter months, thanks to the below-feezing temperatures and additional pressure on main water lines. If you happen to notice a change in the water flow in your home during the winter season, it could be a symptom of a frozen pipe.
Think you might have a frozen pipe? Leave your faucet slighty open to allow water to flow through. The movement will help reduce any built-up pressure and reduce the chances of your pipes freezing.
If you do experience a burst pipe, shut off the water via the main valve immediately to prevent any additional flooding in your home before calling your local plumber.
Water Heater Failure
One of the worst ways to wake up on a cold morning is by planning to take a hot shower, only to be met by cold water. Water heater’s have an average lifespan of 10 years and an older system will have a more difficult time keeping the water in the tank at temperature and will work harder once the temperatures drop. This means, your system is more likely to fail during the winter months.
To avoid scrambling to purchase and install a new water heater when you need it most, stay on top of regular maintenance and replace your tank when need be.
Septic Tank Bursts
Similar to your pipes freezing, in very cold weather, your septic tank can freeze and the tank itself can even burst.
Thanks to mother nature, accumualated snow actually creates a protection barrier as the air in snow acts as insulation for your septic tank. If the snow is compacted on top of the tank, the likelihood of system failure increases.
Before winter, make sure to have your septic tank cleaned out to reduce serious trouble.
If you experience any plumbing emergencies this winter season, contact our team 24/7 at (603) 518-5777.